Why Obama Ignored Iraq

Iraq-Jihadist-flag_2947305bISIS marching through Iraq has smashed the media’s taboo against criticizing Obama’s foreign policy. Substantive discussions are taking place about why his foreign policy is such a miserable failure.

And they mostly miss the point.

Liberal journalists still proceed from the fallacy that there was a foreign policy debate between neo-conservative interventionists and liberal non-interventionists. These are a series of digested Bush era talking points that have no relationship to reality since Bush’s foreign policy on Iraq carried over from Bill Clinton. It’s why Hillary gets so uncomfortable when she has to discuss her vote on Iraq.

The liberals weren’t non-interventionists who insisted on multilateralism and UN approval before acting. Obama, like virtually every other Democrat, disproved that myth as fast as he could. Nor were they even opponents of the Iraq War until opposing the war became politically convenient.

Obama however isn’t on this map at all. It’s not that he is an opponent of intervention. The Libyans can tell you that. It’s that his reasons for intervening fall completely outside the grid of national interests.

The anti-war activist as pacifist is largely a myth. There are a few anti-war activists who oppose all wars, but mostly they just oppose America. Obama, who got his foot up the political ladder by flirting with the anti-war movement, falls into that category. Obama isn’t opposed to wars. He’s opposed to America.

Obama is an ideological interventionist, not a nationalist interventionist. And despite his multilateralist rhetoric, he isn’t your usual globalist either. Instead he uses national and international power as platforms for pursuing ideological goals without any regard to national or international interests.

That is true of both his foreign and domestic policy.

Obama’s foreign policy is issue oriented, just like his domestic policy is. There is no national agenda, only a leftist agenda. America is just a power platform for pursuing policy goals.

Domestically, Obama does not care about fixing the economy. The economy is a vehicle for pursuing social justice, environmental justice and all the many unjust justices of the left. It has no innate value. Likewise national security and power have no value except as tools for promoting leftist policies.

Obama thinks of the ideological issue first. Then he packages it as a national interest for popular consumption. It’s a Wilsonian approach that is not only far more extreme than the policies of most White House occupants have been, but also more detached.

Wilson couldn’t understand that American power couldn’t exist without a national interest. Obama and his staffers see America as just another transnational institution that they happen to be running, not all that different than a corporation, non-profit or UN body. They don’t see it as a country, but a series of policymaking offices that reach across the country and the world.

It’s a globalized mode of thinking that is common among Eurocrats, but has never been represented in the Oval Office before.

Obama doesn’t just oppose America. He disregards it as an outmoded institution. When confronted with the border crisis or the rise of ISIS, he doesn’t see them in terms of American interests or even world interests, but in the narrow terms of leftist ideology.

He will use national and international institutions to promote LGBT rights or Green Energy. He won’t however get involved in actively using them for national security unless he absolutely has to in order to protect his own political power.

To a transnational mindset, institutions exist to promote issues. America is only of value to the extent that it can promote the left’s agenda. To the extent that it doesn’t, America is dead weight.

Once Bush was out, Iraq ceased to matter because it was no longer a packaged issue. It couldn’t be broken down into a simplistic Blame Bush policy agenda. And so Obama stopped paying attention.

Now Iraq is getting in the way of the things that he really cares about, such as illegal alien amnesty, dismantling Israel and transsexual bathrooms, because these are ideologically meaningful issues to him. And like every other obstacle, whether it was the national debt or the VA scandal, he pretends to take them seriously until a sufficient amount of time passes and he can dismiss them as “phony scandals”.

Obama didn’t just ignore Iraq because he wanted to avoid any connections to a war that he had helped make unpopular. He ignored Iraq because it had nothing to offer his ideology. If Iraq had a secular dictator, he might have been interested. If Islamists were fighting to take over from that dictator, there would have been planes and diplomats flying over Baghdad before you could shout, “Allah Akbar.”

It’s why he backed the Islamist overthrow of Arab governments, but not the popular protests against Islamist governments in Iran or Turkey.

But Iraq was a battle between Sunni and Shiite Islamists, backed by the Saudis and Iran. Even the left has trouble picking a side between two anti-American Islamic factions who are divided over theological issues, instead of practical things like dialectical materialism and the discourse of othering. In a pinch they pick the Iranian side as being more anti-American, but the prospect of American intervention on the same side as the Shiites confuses them even further and they have to go lie down in a dark room.

When there is no clear ideological guide, Obama takes meetings with generals, tunes them out, plays with his phone and delays doing something for as long as possible. That was the pattern in Afghanistan and Syria. Ideologues can’t function without an ideological orientation. When the ideological value of a problem is unclear, Obama either freezes up, like a robot whose manual was misplaced, or ignores it.

Obama’s only approach to Iraq came from Bush era opposition. Without Bush to push against, he had no idea what if anything should be done about Iraq. He still doesn’t. Instead he resorts to the antiquated attacks on Bush because it’s the last time that Iraq made any sense to him. It was the last time that the left had successfully packaged Iraq into a simple scenario in which there was only one right choice.

Ideologues are not big on independent thinking. When everything is politicized, they lose the ability to see the things that can’t be neatly assigned to one side or another.  America is being run by a blinkered ideologue who ignores issues that fall outside his ideological spectrum.

Those problems that he doesn’t cause directly and intentionally through his ideology, he causes indirectly and unintentionally by being unable to operate outside his ideology except in an emergency. Like the difference between the pilot who flies a plane deliberately into a mountain and the one who accidentally flies it into a mountain, there is a gap in motivation, but not in outcome.

History will not record why Obama screwed everything up. It will only record that he did it.

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  • truebearing

    Obama opposes America in every way, but he is also in opposition to himself. He’s a narcissist promoting collectivism. He has a dual loyalty to Marxism and Islam. He’s black and white but hates whites. He’s more than conflicted. He is afflicted.

    Obama tried to make Muslim countries his allies. He helped the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power in Egypt, but now they are angry at him for not helping them stay in power. They are leaking information that is embarrassing to him. He armed Al Qaeda in Libya and Syria, but now they are exposing him as a fool, and worse. He’s alienated all of our traditional allies. Russia and China see him as a joke, but a great opportunity to grab territory and power. Europe is moving to the Right. Obama has no allies outside of the Soros cabal.

    Obama is good at destroying things, but now he’s having trouble getting the evil genie back in the bottle. His attempts to serve his two ideological masters, and his ego, have made him enemies and critics in both camps. Even his media patsies are dismayed with him. No one trusts him.

    The destabilization chickens Obama put to flight are now coming home to roost on his presidency. He doesn’t even try to conceal his narcissistic rage anymore. He’s hanging on to his messianic delusions with white knuckles, but no longer gets the applause and adoration he craves. The only way he can be happy right now is if total chaos was his goal all along…but the Left is all about iron-fisted control.

    Things are already ugly, and they are going to get uglier. America will continue to suffer for the sins of electing an evil man as president. Welcome to Obama’s Grave New World.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      I tremble for my country when I consider that this person was elected twice to the office of the presidency.

      • sendtheclunkerbacktochicago

        You need to tremble because the FBI, the CIA, Homeland Security and the Secret Service refuse to expose this Fraud in Chief. Worse yet, the United States Congress and the Conservative media also refuse to expose this criminal and fraud. It should be shocking to you.

        • samloss

          It isn’t so much that they “refuse to expose this Fraud in Chief” but that the ridiculous conspiracy theories simply aren’t true.

          Do you honestly think that if any of what is claimed about Obama were true the FBI, CIA, HS and Secret Service WOULDN’T have already exposed him?

          • rojo359

            There have been whistleblowers. Obama’s Justice Department has used the Espionage Act seven times to go after whistleblowers who talked to the media. Just like he used the IRS go after political enemies. Quit drinking the kool aid sam. SMH

          • samloss

            Name one.

          • Drakken

            Let me guess? You voted for your hero Obummer twice and if he was right in front of you, you would get down on your knees, unzip him and blow him to your little progressive hearts content, and love him to dead for the privilege of doing so?

          • samloss

            Wow that is a weird fantasy friend.

          • Americana

            You have to understand Drakken. He has two fantasies — one involves zipping (certain peoples’ mouths being zipped shut for the foreseeable future) and the other involves the President unzipping (so he can convince you you’re a suckwad and you’ve blown your chance at decent government, again, for the foreseeable future).

          • Drakken

            Sorry Honey, I like my women tall, blonde and smart. That is why I have a Ukrainian as my better half. Goofy leftist worship Obummer like American idol and will do anything and everything to excuse this sorry excuse for an American President.

          • truebearing

            You didn’t deny it.

          • Daniel Greenfield

            You mean like they opposed any of his corrupt predecessors?

          • truebearing

            “Do you honestly think that if any of what is claimed about Obama were true the FBI, CIA, HS and Secret Service WOULDN’T have already exposed him?”

            Are you really that stupid? The FBI is part of the DOJ, which is currently run by Obama co-conspirator and practiced criminal, Eric “the firewall” Holder. Without an independent and honest AG, there is nothing that can be done about Obama’s treasonous presidency.

            It isn’t the job of the Secret Service to expose the president. Nor is it the job of the CIA or DHS. Maybe you should study up on all of these things before commenting.

          • Americana

            What a nutbar comment. Everyone w/a law degree would be going after Pres. Obama if he were what you claim he is.

          • JamesJ

            No

          • samloss

            Are you answering “no” to the question about if anyone knew Obama was a fraud that they would have already exposed him?

            Hundreds, even thousands are in contact with him on a daily basis involved in the most intimate aspects of his life. There is no way the conspiracy theories about him could be true without someone knowing.

            Yet there is not a shred of evidence to suggest they are true.

          • Leah

            WHAT conspiracy theories???? Obama HAS been exposed! Over and over! Yet nobody makes a move to remove him!

          • samloss

            Nothing has been exposed, only theories have been put forth, with allegations. No actual proof of wrong doing by a valid source has been presented friend.

        • carpe diem 36

          that does not mean that the majority of the intelligent people in this country, who are not on the left, which makes them unintelligent anyway, see what he is and what he is doing, and I believe they will vote against him and for a Republican senate in November. We have to have hope.

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      “Grave New World”. Excellent …

      • truebearing

        Thanks Wolf. I wish it wasn’t true.

        • Wolfthatknowsall

          Wish it wasn’t. Will keep working to make sure that it doesn’t last …

    • Americana

      Why is it you pair concepts in absurd ways that have no relationship in the real world? For instance, just because they both end in ‘ism’ doesn’t mean you should have written a sentence incorporating ‘narcissism’ and ‘collectivism’ then try to draw a point from their juxtaposition. Don’t try quite so hard to let rhetorical allusion carry your phrasing and you’d be less liable to end up writing nonsense.

  • Tom von Mises

    You NEVER heard of leftist/pacifists protesting totalitarians waging war (other thasn the most half-assed, gratuitous ways).

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Not even that usually.

  • Servo1969

    Obama on the job-

  • Lanna

    Now you all know what he meant when he said,” we will fundamentally change America”….The America you know and love is being destroyed, thus all these illegals being brought into our country to make it diverse, the set up before the antichrist comes. Go and see Dinesh D Souza’s America to get some historical facts and truths….very well done and moving!

    • samloss

      Actually he never said “we will fundamentally change America”.

      • rojo359

        You are right. He said “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United State of America.” So Lanna didn’t use the exact words, get over it sam you loser. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrefKCaV8m4

        • samloss

          what Candidate Obama said was this, in reference to changing from the policies of his predecessor, not altering the Constitution.

          Now, Mizzou, I just have two words for you tonight: five days. Five days. After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign that’s taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

          “In five days, you can turn the page on policies that put greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street before the hard work and sacrifice of folks on Main Street. In five days, you can choose policies that invest in our middle class, and create new jobs, and grow this economy, so that everyone has a chance to succeed, not just the CEO, but the secretary and janitor, not just the factory owner, but the men and women on the factory floor.”

          • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

            But what he meant was to transform the U.S. from the freest and greatest nation on earth into just another socialist backwater. We were great precisely because we did not have things like socialized medicine. Obama is a Marxist by virtue of his belief in central planning – I doubt he has the patience or the intellect to get too deeply into Marxist thinking. Obama is the destroyer – God give us strength to survive him, and then overturn everything he’s done to this poor country.

          • SteveMGD

            What did he mean? I doubt even he knows. What he should have said was:

            “After decades of broken politics in Washington, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Anything Bush x 2/Clinton/Reagan/Carter etc. can poorly, I can do worse.
            I honestly thought GWB and Clinton were the worst presidents ever; only until Obama came along. He even screwed up Bush’s screw ups. I am impressed. I didn’t think someone with such utter incompetence could remain alive.
            The last American president with even a semblance of competence was Eisenhower.
            Which paraphrases what the later Romans said; “The last emperor with even a semblance of competence was Theodosius.”

          • truebearing

            You just quoted him, now tell us about his success at creating new jobs, or how much success everyone is having.
            You idiot. Women’s employment is at a historic low. Millions have stopped looking for work. The middle class has shrunk substantially. Blacks are still in double digit unemployment. College grads are living with their moms and dads. Average incomes have dropped substantially. And the list goes on…but not for you. You’re making the big bucks now. You get paid in Big Macs and cheap wine to troll and make a fool of yourself.

          • samloss

            The quote was in reference to what Candidate Obama actually said, as opposed to what was alleged that he said.

            At the time he became president we were in a deep recession and unemployment was nearly 10%.
            Every economic indicator has improved since them, the economy is growing, is no longer in recession, there has been 52 consecutive weeks of private sector job growth and unemployment is at 6.1%.

            Are things as great as they were during Clinton’s booming economy? No.
            Are things better than they were in 2008? Yes in every measurable way.

          • Drakken

            The fact that you voted for this abomination in office and continue to support his policies is absolutely mind boggling in its utter stupidity. In a twisted Machiavellian way, I do hope that Obummer and you progressives gets everything he/progs wants to do, so he completely utterly crashes the system, then we can set to rebuild it based on good ole rugged American Individualism. You progressives one way or another are in for one very rude nasty awaking, and it will be well deserved and well earned.

          • samloss

            OK thanks.

          • Sussex Girl

            Whoa buddy–unemployment was NOT “nearly 10%” when he became president. Actually, he promised that unemployment wouldn’t go above 8% if his fiscal policies were implemented. They were, and THAT’S when unemployment went up to 10%

          • samloss

            Unemployment began going up at the start of 2008, and continued to rise drastically from fall of 2008 till the end of 2009 at the height of the Bush recession, it maxed out in 2009 and has been going down ever since.

          • reader

            From the time Obama took office – according to his own Department of Labor stats, labor force participation rate have fallen by 3%.
            http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000

            In human terms, the active work force has decreased by over 10 million people, while population actually grew. Not because baby boomers are retiring, though. The most decrease is registered for the young people. So, the unemployment numbers progressive media trumpets via the air waves through empty skulls is an utter fraud.

          • samloss

            The rate has gone down 2.9%.
            How does that make the numbers reported to the BLS an utter fraud?

          • reader

            Because it’s completely misleading. Because it’s being reported to portrait failing economy as a success. Because it’s being reported to portrait failing economic policies as success. Should I continue? I’m pretty good at stating and restating the obvious.

          • samloss

            The labor participation rate doesn’t make the unemployment stat inaccurate friend. The unemployment rate is based on the The percentage of the total labor force that is unemployed but actively seeking employment and willing to work.

          • reader

            When over 10 million people are dropped out of the work force, thus reducing the base by 3%, the 2% decrease in unemployment rate describes failing economy.

          • JamesJ

            Tis better to remain silent and thought a fool than to post and remove all doubt.

  • Realist

    The gullible who were willingly fooled by libcultists in the media, along with the stupid and the disgruntled, all played their part in the election of this libcultist in the oval office. The libcult media con job was to gin up hatred of the evil Booosh using every facet of the infotainment machine available to them, creating a relentlessly toxic and single-minded meme of “Booosh is pure evil”, then portraying the Obamesiah as the solution to this unceasing barrage of harrassment.

    The message was clear: If and only if only you elect OUR guy (Obamesiah) we will stop our camapign of “Everything Republican And Boosh Is Evil” harrassment, intimidation and shrill, red-faced screaming. Its like the relief you feel after an election is over and those awful political ads finally go away. The message of the libcult media was, either you elect OUR guy or you will not get a reprieve from our shrill, hyperbolic, over the top childish chicken-little nonsense. The libcultists threat to continue to use their positions as journOlistas and ramp up their harsh, shrill, hyperbolic nonsense and “discover” even greater crimes and outrages by the evil Booosh – Even if they had to create them out of whole cloth – Was and still is very much alive.

    • Damaris Tighe

      Observing US politics from across the pond, one of the most irritating tactics of the liberal left was to poke fun at Reagan & Bush II as intellectually challenged.

  • Larry Larkin

    When shi’ites and sunnis decide to murder each other, don’t pick sides, get some beer and pizza, sit back and cheer on the carnage.
    To add spice to it, drop massive loads of faulty weapons and ammunition (of the blow up when used faulty) randomly all over the place.

    • Webb

      Excellent idea. Give them all the hand grenades they can carry — fused to explode the instant the spoon is released.

  • PATRIOT.WW48

    So you were expecting something different from the Rag-Heads in the middle east and their Butt-Buddy the MULATTO-MARXIST-MUSLIM in the W.H.

  • Bryan Schmick

    Obama and the rest of the Democrats rose to power in 2006/2008 based on a Bush is bad philosophy. One of the keystones of this philosophy was Iraq. If Iraq prospered, Bush would have been justified and the keystone removed.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      quite true

    • Giles Blyzzard

      There were two problems with Bush’s invasion of Iraq. Iraq was a mortal enemy of Iran before we invaded. He turned Iraq from an enemy of Iran into an ally of Iran. He also guaranteed Iraq an Islamic constitution. Islam and democracy are totally incompatible. Trying to turn Iraq into a democracy while guaranteeing them an islamic constitution was a fool’s errand. Bush and Powell were incredibly ignorant about islam. They didn’t read their Sun-Tzu. They didn’t know their enemy.

  • j Ray

    What else can you expect an America-hating traitor.

  • Texas Patriot

    Despite the misguided fantasies of the neoconservative globalists and multiculturalists, the ability of Western governments to directly manipulate or influence the political outcome of events in the Middle East was always overrated, and it ended long ago if it ever existed at all. The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 was an arrogant and idiotic attempt by Western governments to superimpose Western political ideas on the age-old culture of the Middle East, and it was doomed from the very start. As Rudyard Kipling wisely said, “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”

    • Americana

      I agree, Texas Patriot. We’ve never had what is claimed we had for control in the Middle East.

      • Drakken

        Your sympathy and empathy for the muslim savages is duly noted. Pssst, when the Western Imperialist had control of the desert savages, we kept things to a dull roar, now that liberal progressives want to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism, it is now open season, great job proggys.

        • Americana

          Gosh, Drakken, you cannot be so reading-impaired you managed to extract sympathy and empathy from that sentence about the West’s illusory power in the MidEast?

          • Drakken

            That power wasn’t illusory sweetheart, it was real hard power, now your hero Obummer unbalanced the power balance, all bets are off.

  • cispro

    This article is very brilliant for a contemporary observer. When the history and biography of Obama and his administration come to be written, it will basically be a longer, more detailed version of this article.

  • El Cid

    Another way of saying it is that Obama belongs in a seminar at Harvard discussing issues in a safe environment where nothing is actually done. As a leader with real power he is a disaster for everyone.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      ideologues tend to make bad leaders, even the USSR had to purge them to get anything done

    • Regina Edwards

      (We still have no proof that he actually went there.)

  • wileyvet

    The feeble Obama dished up a meatball, and Mr. Greenfield slammed it out of the park. Oh yeah!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you

  • CDM

    Daniel, spot on, as usual. The only bone I have to pick is that you should replace “Obama” with “Valerie Jarrett”, the real power behind the throne. Obama is an empty suit and always has been. He has no interest in the job, other than obsessing over any critical coverage of his worship. Other than that, he will watch ESPN, play golf, and go out once in a while to make a speech that Jarrett and her minions wrote for him.

    Iran-born Valerie Jarret was the one who put Obama forward originally as a candidate, found his beard, oops, I mean wife for him, and has been at his side every step of the way. Others have come and gone (Gibbs, Emmanuel, Daley), but Jarrett has stayed. She even has Secret Service protection, which is very unusual for someone whose official title is Senior Advisor to the President.

    Anti-Americanism is mother’s milk for her. I once came across a profile of her father, James Bowman. One of the telling questions was “Favorite vacation spot”. The response was “Anywhere outside the US” (since edited).

    Once you look past the smoke and mirrors and see who’s really calling the shots in this administration, a lot of things start making very much sense. One day, all the rocks will be turned over and people will be appalled at what will be found.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      it’s a covenant, they don’t play alone

    • samloss

      One day the president will leave office and all the conspiracy theories will be forgotten and the Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories will magnify.

      • truebearing

        No, they will all be validated. Hillary is part of the same leftist cabal, and we all know that all leftists do is conspire to get power, so conspiracy theories are an essential reality when it comes to the nutjobs that run the Left’s criminal machine.

        Will a day ever come around when you’ll be honest?

    • Americana

      If rocks inside heads were turned over at some time in the not too distant future, similar shockers would also be discovered.

      • truebearing

        And we would discover that under yours were more rocks…but then that wouldn’t be a shock, would it?

      • Drakken

        Let me guess? You took the shortbus to school for special people didn’t you?

        • John Kerry

          It is a troll, Drakken. Ignore it. I identified it and arranged for its banishment over at Jihad Watch a while back.

  • RLJR1

    TRAITOR-PERIOD, NUF SAID

  • http://www.amazon.com/Kill-Media-Martial-Conspiracy-ebook/dp/B009063F5W/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1345573494&sr=1-2 jeffreyafriedberg

    I READ THIS WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE HEADLINE OR NAME OF THE WRITER. But as I read on, I knew with all certainty it could only have come from the brain of Dan Greenfield, maybe the most brilliant analyst of these times.

    Daniel Greenfield writes daily online as Sultan Knish

    • Daniel Greenfield

      thank you Jeffrey

  • liz

    Very well explained, and all true. The “robot who’s manual was misplaced” is a great characterization of him. If ever there was a man who seemed more like a brainwashed, mind controlled robot than a human being, it’s him.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      ideologues tend to be programmed

    • Damaris Tighe

      It’s a great characterisation of modern British politicians. They don’t even speak like normal human beings but in robotic sound-bite cliches assembled into sentences. You can tell that nothing they say comes from the heart.

  • SteveMGD

    ‘Wilson couldn’t understand that American power couldn’t exist without a national interest.’
    That’s a triple negative I think my brain’s about to explode.

    Obama opposes America in every way, but he is also in opposition to himself.

  • SteveMGD

    ‘He disregards it as an outmoded institution.’

    Followed up by a double negative. Do you man ‘regards’? I was in agreement. Now I’m just confused.

    ‘Obama opposes America in every way, but he is also in opposition to himself.’
    You mean like Lenin? It doesn’t make him any less dangerous.

  • DontMessWithAmerica

    While on the subject of destroying America, it would be interesting to get data on African Muslim refugees he is shipping by the truckload to places like Maine, Wisconsin, etc. This is most likely a much bigger program than known by us and right in step with societal Jihad.

  • Tyson

    good writing..exposing Obama for what he really is..

  • Giles Blyzzard

    I couldn’t agree more with this article. It is right on the money. And all of this should be no surprise to anyone. It was very obvious, even before Obama got elected the first time, that he was a radical leftist. But the MSM and way too many timid faux conservatives covered up for him.

  • nimbii

    This is the best analysis yet of Obama. It is useful in trying to understand where he is at and how he hides his intentions.

  • Dolly M.

    The Obama’s from the start have been all about REPARATION, payback,plunder. God Bless Us.

  • celador2

    The ME is less secure than before Arab Spring which was Obama and Hillary’s baby. Sisi is far more dangerous than Mubarak and Gadhafi had been contained with WMDs. Libya is a no man’s land now. Putin moves in to fill a void with Sisi. ISIS redraws borders and O ? He will negotiate with terrorists just watch the next two years as ISIS grows and consolidates power in the region.