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Rise of the Islamic State -- A Retrospective: Manifestations of Foreign Policy Malfeasance

Mark Alexander | Patriot Post:

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die. … Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions.” –George Washington(1776)

In the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton recorded the First Law of Motion in his foundational work, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, as translated: “When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force.”

Indeed, that law can be applied metaphorically to the objects of domestic and foreign policy, where actions also have consequences.

Accordingly, much to the faux shock and awe of Barack Obama and his administrationinactionalso has consequences, as clearly demonstrated by Obama’s foreign policy malfeasance.

Today is the anniversary eve of the [September 11, 2001 attack](http://patriotpost.us/pages/277] on our nation by al-Qa'ida, formerly the dominant asymmetric threat representing Jihadistan, that borderless nation of Islamic extremists that constitutes Muslim terrorist groups around the world.

It is no small irony that Obama chose this date for an address to the nation about the latest iteration of this asymmetric threat, a murderous legion of cutthroats, which calls itself the Islamic State. Of course, his remarks will be predicated on political calculus for the 2014 midterm election, and his desperate effort to retain his Democratic Party majority in the Senate.

Obama had hoped he could get through the upcoming election on the deception that his foreign policy was successful. After all, he got through is 2012 re-election bid on that same deception. But alas for him, it’s not to be.

After major meltdowns under Obama in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, ad infinitum, and major expenditures of blood and treasure in Iraq, the latter has been overwhelmed by the metastasizing jihadist heir apparent of al-Qa'ida, properly know as the Islamic State in the Levant(ISIL).

Unlike al-Qa'ida, which was a terrorist network, ISIL is building a terrorist state, and plans to expand it throughout the Levant – and globally. (Note that al-Qa'ida never had a flag.)

ISIL is headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who claims to be a direct descendant of the prophet Muhammad. His objective is to establish a caliphate over the Levant – a region historically including Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus and parts of Mesopotamia (Iraq), Turkey and Egypt. ISIL presents a clear and present danger to the U.S. and other Western nations, and that threat is arguably worse than al-Qa'ida.

According to Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, “I’ve never quite seen it this bad. … They are one plane ticket away from U.S. shores.”

So how did it become this bad?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. ... Read the rest here...

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