Bob Barr

“That’s my boy!” cheered one photo posted to Twitter this week by Australian Khaled Sharrouf -- a terrorist currently fighting in Syria for the ISIS terror group. The photo featured his young son -- holding in two clutched hands the severed head of a Syrian soldier.

Such are the macabre and deteriorating conditions in a part of the world on the verge of having been pushed to the side once the war in Iraq fell off the front pages of America’s newspapers. Unfortunately, while America’s attentions, including those of President Obama, turned to internal political squabbling, the ObamaCare fiasco, and other domestic problems, the terrorists of ISIS were hard at work. Finally, when ISIS officially captured the city of Mosul in early June, Washington realized the book on the Iraq War was not yet finished; “mission” still not “accomplished.” Now, nearly two months after ISIS launched its bloody offensive in northern Iraq, the group has its eyes set on Baghdad and on nationhood, committing grotesque atrocities in the process.

One might wonder how a relatively small group of militia fighters could, in a matter of weeks, erase more than a decade of hard-fought victories won with the sacrifices of body and blood by U.S. forces. It might be more easily comprehended if such gains had come in the form of a surprise attack from the shadows of the Middle East; however, such is not the case. According to the New York Times, ISIS in fact has been very public about articulating its goals in the region, going so far as to publish annual reports about its progress since 2006, when it was first established in Iraq.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.