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The United States has declared war on another terrorist group. President Barack Obama's speech Wednesday night outlined a tough, measured strategy to confront ISIS – which is a threat to the region and beyond. But let's make sure in the execution of this strategy that we learn something from the 13 years since Sept. 11, 2001, and the war against Al-Qaeda. Don't overestimate the enemy: ISIS is a formidable foe, but the counterforces to it have only just begun.While ISIS is much more sophisticated than Al-Qaeda in its operations and technology, it has one major, inherent weakness. Al-Qaeda was an organization that was pan-Islamic, trying to appeal to all Muslims. ISIS is a direct outgrowth of America's invasion of Iraq and the ruinous political decisions to disband the Iraqi army and "de-Baathify" its bureaucracy.Vice media's recent documentary on the group interviewed some Iraqi Sunnis who said that for all the chaos, they were happier under ISIS than under the "Shiite army," which is how they referred to the Iraqi government.
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