Although he doesn’t have much good to say about Iranian strategies as planned and carried out by Soleimani, we have to take credit for the ultimate “blowback”.
Installing the Shah in the 1950’s was the first mistake. That led to the revolution and rule by clerics.
Embracing Saudi Arabia is the second. It is the protector and source of inspiration for virtually all Islamic extremism and terrorism worldwide by its Wahabi branch.
Invading Iraq was the third and most consequential. That empowered Al Qaeda and ISIS. Plus it gave Iran a proxy victory over its nemesis, Saddam Hussein. And now ISIS has a good chance for returning if we are kicked out of Iraq. Yet, we are sending thousands more troops over there. Deja vu all over again.
Coulda, shoulda, woulda…
If we had a trustworthy leader, I would feel more comfortable even in this mess.
But we don’t know if the truth is what we are told. Or if we are listening to “alternative facts”. And all this is happening while the DOD is run by temps, and the State Department is stripped of people who know much of anything.