President Obama has put his underlying policy doctrine on display.
- Terrorists should be freed from prison and heavily armed, so that they can retake Iraq
- American political opponents like Dinesh D’Souza should be imprisoned
- “Al Qaeda is on the run“
The Iraqi government has lost control of its third-largest city to Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents, a crushing defeat for not only Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s security policies but for Iraqi politics as a whole.
The scale of the catastrophe, as troops loyal to Mr. Maliki flood north and troops controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government rush west and south, can’t be overstated. Chicago is the United States’ third-largest city. Munich is Germany’s. Osaka is Japan’s.