Bombs have sure been bursting in Istanbul, in Dhaka, and in Baghdad.
Our governments (I'll include among that "us"not just U.S. allies, but also governments at the scenes of carnage) blame ISIS. And I don't think ISIS is denying authorship of these horrors.
Peter Beinart points out the killers are not without pretexts for their atrocities, even though there is no excuse for random murder.
We would rather look away, but we could do with some reminding. The Soufan Group says ISIS is being defeated militarily, but that only points to more suffering and butchery.
Meanwhile, we've got 51 State Department officials calling for deeper U.S. dabbling in the Syrian civil war. Nothing in likely-President Hillary Clinton's past or present pronouncements suggests she knows better. In fact she'd likely embroil us all more deeply. (And yes, we do have to elect her; this is no time for purism.) And then comes word that the Syrian faction allied with al Qaeda has captured the leader of a U.S.-favored "moderate" combatant group -- and presumably all those lovely weapons we've sent him.
Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum got it right when contemplating our leaders' prescriptions:
Very deadly snake oil, mostly for other people.