CIA says IS numbers underestimated
Islamic State in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 members on the ground, US intelligence agency says.
George W Bush warned in 2007 that pulling out of Iraq would be deadly, and the US would be forced to go back in:
It would mean that we would be risking mass killings on a horrific scale.It would mean we allow terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean the increasing probability that US troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.
But Obama did pull out all US forces, against the warnings of his generals. He even boasted about it in the presidential debates:
No, but what I â€” what I would not have done is left 10,000 troops in Iraq that would tie us down. That certainly would not help us in the Middle East.
The slaughter that followed has been ghastly:Bush was right, Obama was lethally wrong. Troops go back to Iraq— read more…..