When you look at the Bush/Cheney Iraq war in the rearview mirror, you see the birth of ISIL

History sure is a funny old possum at times.

Over the centuries there have been some deadly dudes … Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Attila, Hitler, Napoleon.

Of course, times change and now history has served up a deadly threat that sounds like an acronym for an insurance company.

The Psychic Helpline couldn’t have predicted this.

ISIL is one scary terrorist organization, nastier than eating Brussels sprouts.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has a silly name, but there is nothing silly about this bloody thirsty bunch of crazed zealots.

They get their kicks from seeing their victims dissolve like a sugar lump in water before beheading or crucifying them.

Like a wet Post-in note, nothing seems to stick with them.

The only way to blunt these infidels to is behead them with unrelenting carpet bombing.

In a piece of irony thicker than a $3 steak, these violent creatures were spawned by the loins of war.

The totally unnecessary Bush/Cheney Iraq War and its ill-advised aftermath created the conditions that led directly to the rise of ISIL

The first Bush ousted Saddam Hussein from Kuwait in 1991 but refrained from taking out Baghdad to avoid kicking over the sectarian hornet’s nest unleashed by the second Bush in 2003.

And then George W. exponentially compounded matters by pouring gasoline on the raging fire fueled by the volatile sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites.

He eliminated all vestiges of Sunni power in Iraqi society, inadvertently lighting the fuse for the Sunni insurrection against American occupation and the new Shiite-led government.

The younger Bush disbanded the entire Sunni-dominated Iraqi Army and bureaucracy, unwittingly creating a massive vacuum where disenfranchised former commanders in the Saddam-era Iraqi military took root in ISIL.

Why couldn’t Bush and Dick Cheney have realized that they telegraphed this whole mess like a veritable Samuel Morse?

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