A while ago, I argued that, regardless of what one might think about the need to intervene in Iraq and Syria to stop ISIS, our foreign policy establishment/national security apparatus has had a dismal record of failure in the Middle East, so why would one think they would get it right this time (Charlie Brown, meet Lucy and the football…)? Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks this (boldface mine):
A recent piece in The New York Times detailed a bunch of U.S. military officials complaining that Obama was unfairly blaming them for not noticing the rise of ISIS. But let’s face facts: expecting our jalopy institutions to successfully navigate the rapidly shifting tangle of alliances in Syria is ludicrous. America is a country where the Secret Service doesn’t notice the White House has been shot until four days after the fact, and is apparently unfamiliar with how door locks work.
We also use our counterterrorism resources to monitor non-violent political groups, while missing the actual terrorists (when you think about it, that statement, while true, is fundamentally oxymoronic).
Since we’re now involved in this clusterfuck, I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see this ending well.