Where next? With Syrian refugees expanding the population of his country by 25 per cent, I wonder how Jordan’s King Abdullah feels about being an “ally” of Obama’s. Perhaps he nodded his head at the reported comments of the Polish Foreign Minister – that being a US ally “isn’t worth anything” and is “even harmful because it creates a false sense of security”. No matter how secure that false sense is, waking up to find yourself sharing a border crossing with ISIS is apt to shatter it.
The roots of ISIS do not lie in the actions America took in 2003. Bush made mistakes in Iraq, and left a ramshackle state that functioned less badly than any of its neighbors. Obama walked away, pulled out a cigarette, tossed the match over his shoulder and ignited a fuse that, from Damascus to Baghdad to Amman and beyond, will blow up the entire Middle East.