September 12th, 2014
04:51 PM ET

Stanley McChrystal: There's shared blame for ISIS war

Who is to blame for the rise of ISIS? Is it President Obama for not keeping troops in Iraq? Or President Bush, who signed the deal agreeing to American troop withdrawal? The 4 star General who led counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal weighs in.

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Filed under: International • Iraq • ISIS • Syria
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  1. markna

    ISIS would not be a problem if we did not take down Saddam Hussein period. He was not involved in 9/11. He did not have weapons of mass destruction. AS for his people he killed it was these ISIS types. So was that really a bad thing? I think not!! He was about OIL and making money and would keep these people in line to do so. We had no business there. The real goal was for the vice president Dick Cheney company to make money over there and steal as much oil as possible.

    November 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  2. Lynn Hedd

    It's no one's fault, unless you'd like to blame the British, after WWI, for incorrectly dividing up the Middle East by some standard other than what the Shiites and Sunnis can or would live with. They are mortal enemies and will fight to the death over who should run the muslin religions' world and don't trust one another.
    They hate each other worse than any Christian or Jew.
    We have lost so many wonderful soldiers for what? We served them up on a very expensive plate that the tax payers are having to pay the bill.
    The vice president Biden had a great idea back in 2006. Look up his idea!!!!!!

    November 14, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  3. Thomas Young

    So, there is this "bad idea" train that Obama is serving as the "Engineer" of, we all ought to get on board for the ride off the cliff... that only he survives only to return to the station with another train (but not bearing any responsibility for the earlier train wreck) seeking passengers and blaming other for nobdoy wanting to hop aboard... No, I think not!

    I just hold my breadth until 2016 when this incompetent, unproven intellectual scholar has exahausted his powers to gut, hinder, and damage our country. I wonder if he'll play as much golf then...

    October 20, 2014 at 12:54 am | Reply
  4. pixyst

    "I can guarantee that it's a weaker strategy if we don't fall behind the President"

    September 15, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  5. Ronald I. Goff

    There is nobody to blame other than those Muslims who are involved in the slaughter of human lives in Iraq and Syria now.

    It goes beyond the pale to suggest otherwise.

    September 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • prfreedom

      That's why we should never had gone into Iraq on cooked evidence. Only Bush created the conditions that lead to an Islamic State. It was going to happen as soon as the US got out regardless of when. While Congress deserves much of the blame it will always be the Legacy of Bush.

      October 21, 2014 at 8:24 am | Reply
  6. Name*David M

    Blame for ISIS. Sure blame Obama for not keeping them there. Let's continue to spend BORROWED money to police and handle a country's security that began with George Bush using a lie as a premise for us being there in the 1st place...remember WMD's....that never showed up. Yeah just a reason to create a vacuum for us to fill as a response to 9/11. We want to blame Obama....we are so worried about who to blame...we should never have been there to begin with. Who are going to blame when we Strike targets in Syria and spark their anger for violating their sovereignty. Should ISIS go absolutely....but geez our home front needs work and we are doing it on a borrowed dollar. This is all smoke and mirrors because when the world decides to cut off loans....who will be policing who when we have NO more of the world's money to spend

    September 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • John David

      OH Good Grief.. There you go again blaming Bush. Sure I don't see any hippies blaming the ALL MIGHT JOHN F KENNEDY for Vietnam: They blame Nixon who did what he could to get us out. Liberals are all the same. War is hell but necessary even for natural resources like Oil. YEA I said it: People must die for OIL and I served 17 years in the Army and served in Iraq. Hell a pipefitter died putting a pipe onto another pipe: He died for Oil..

      October 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • prfreedom

        Sorry but you helped create ISIS if you served in Iraq.

        October 21, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply
        • Dirk Waldon

          I just bought me a 32 oz ICEE from the 7 eleven down the street. It was cold as hell, but it didn't have NO radical fight in it. Must be the ICEEs from the other side of town with a nasty side.

          November 10, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
      • Franco Tirado

        John lets stop blaming Hitler for all the Jews killed during WW2. You do know that before Bush made a huge mess out of Iraq and our world with his invasion, attack and the death of over 200,000 innocent Iraqi babies, women and men there were not terrorist in Iraq and Saddam had a strong grip on all of that? So yes blame it all on BUSH and CHENEY!! Send all of those folks to the Hague for their war crimes!

        November 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  7. Kimo

    You are presenting your self like Jack Sparrow of the world who must have all
    And whoever is going to try to live will be a part of the enemy

    I think everything is going to be changed as you fly high on the sky there is a time you must go down

    September 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  8. Jack Tang

    Erin, from a journalistic standpoint, do you believe that the US training of Syrian rebels (who are openly aligned with ISIS) is worth reporting?

    September 12, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  9. Arvind Kumar

    Erin is doing a fantastic job these last several days working the ISIS discussions and demestic violence discussions. i say great to see some good reporting from CNN finally!

    September 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Reply

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