I have an answer for everything...you may not like the answer or it may not satisfy your curiosity..but it will still be an answer. ~ Kal'Stang
My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
However, I admit that this is nothing more than inference on my part. What I do know was that de-Baathification was a far greater mistake than the invasion itself. More importantly, al-Qaeda in Iraq (ISIS' predecessor) was virtually extinguished by friendly Sunnis when 2008 came around. The sectarian Shia government of Maliki idiotically decided not to integrate these Sunni forces - known as the Awakening Councils or Sons of Iraq - into the security forces and basically told them to go **** themselves. Hence, there were no more local partners in Sunni Iraq to prevent ISIS from spreading. What's essential is that the US keeps such things in mind in any strategy to beat ISIS.