In this period, al-Qaeda, a small-scale organization capable of immodest terror acts every couple of years …, managed, with Washington’s help, to turn itself into a global franchise. The more the Bush and Obama administrations went after it, the more al-Qaeda wannabe organizations sprang up across the Greater Middle East and north Africa like mushrooms after a soaking rain.
—Nick Turse, Secret Wars and Black Ops Blowback
Do you think Turse is too harsh? Do you think there’s any truth in what he says?
He also writes,
You would think that someone in the nation’s capital might have drawn a lesson or two from such a record, something simple like: Don’t do it!
Do you think Obama’s hesitation to get more involved in Syria means he’s learned something? Or do you think he’s made a mistake? Do you think our previous interventions have made things better or worse?
January 19, 2014