"The lesson of the rise of the IS is that sustained U.S. engagement in the Middle East is essential to stability and progress. Many may wish to turn their backs on the region, but the costs of doing so have already proven higher than those of a smart engagement strategy. This lesson implies that we should keep a residual force in Afghanistan beyond 2016 and that shaping the region in positive ways will require presence and active management of partnerships across the region." - Zalmay Khalilzad, "A Five-Step Plan to Destroy the Islamic State" The National Interest, August 22, 2014. Khalilzad is the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq.Who does this crook think he is fooling? Washington's criminal policies have produced disasters after disasters in the Middle East, especially in Iraq. Washington has created the exact opposite of stability and progress.
"Mr. Khalilzad, you and your neocon buddies had your chance in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you blew both. Please spare us another pitch for another war for your new lobby effort constituents, whomever they may be. You have killed 6000 of my comrades, 6 of my personal friends, and over a 100,000 Iraqis and countless Afghans. In another time and place you would have been executed or forced to commit suicide. Only in an oligarchic revolving door regime that is the US, the likes of you are continually given a voice. May justice prevail over people like you. And please, keep your recycled non-advice to yourself." - David H. Park, from the comment section for the article cited above.