We have made this same mistake at least twice in Iraq. We don't prepare adequately for the political context, and the result, as I warned in 2002, is chaos, warlordism and civil war.
[Our Arab allies] would say [regarding U.S.-Iranian negotiations], "What is wrong with you people? You have this good, loving, loyal wife in us, and this crazy mistress in Iran. You don’t understand how bad she is for you, and yet you endlessly run off to her the moment that she winks at you."
If [ISIS] can't claim attacks, they can't get recruits and can't raise money.