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And, some Americans pretend to care.
Thanks to our unprovoked invasion of Iraq, along with our incompetent occupation of that oil-rich country, what was once a manageable civil war between Sunnis and Shiites has morphed into a region-wide quagmire, complete with beheadings broadcast on the internet.
Thank you, W.
Yes, the Iraq War was a complete disaster. And yes, there were many, including me, who predicted such a mess at the time.
Of course, that doesn't matter now.
Instead of al Qaeda, we now have ISIS or ISIL or the Levant or Daesh. It's an alphabet soup of terror that is clearly suicidal and is begging us to fight them ... or nuke them.
According to at least one poll, Republicans are more fearful of ISIS than President Obama. Shocking, but true.
In fact, Republicans believe the terrorist threat emanating from the Mideast is more important than our economy.
Clearly, that shows the power Fox News has over the GOP faithful. Those who pay attention to reality know that, while a terrorist attack in this country is likely in the future, we can't live in fear.
Actually, we should be more concerned about the collapse of the middle class in his country than any terrorist threat. It has real, long-term consequences.
If Iraq, or Syria, falls in the desert, will anyone notice or care?
Not really. We don't even care that we can't control the gangs in our inner cities or in rural Texas. Why would we care about a religious feud that is more than 1,000 years old?
So, for those who believe that the stability of Iraq or Syria is the most important thing in the world, go ahead and fight for them. No one is stopping you. Just don't expect the U.S. military or taxpayer to save the day.
If you want to save Iraq, go save Iraq. It won't matter to anyone else, in the long run.