Having lured America into two foolish wars filled with national pride and hubris, the neocons, to include their later converts like: McCain, the old lady from South Carolina, Hillary, their media servants et al are now faced with the obvious truth that their beliefs in the malleability of human cultures and the inevitability of "progress" toward one world culture are just horseshit. The neocons inspired and at times controlled the US policy that summoned the Shia sectarian fanatic Maliki from the vasty deep. His Shia oriented tyranny is collapsing more or less of its own weight, and in the process abandoning a fortune in US supplied military equipment. Maliki is finished and no amount of whimpering about the desirability of "reconciliation" will change that. The rebel coalition is going to drive Maliki from power and will probably occupy the remaining Sunni parts of Baghdad in the process. Afghanistan appears likely to follow (in a few years) much the same trajectory toward an oriental despotism that is hard for us to understand.
In spite of this present failure and the likely future failure in Afghanistan, the jacobin neocons continue to snarl their defiance at reality. McCain and the other lunatics insist that all was well in Iraq after the "surge" under the benign genius of the Great Captain David Petreus (he who could not keep his pants zipped up). The obvious reality of the success of the defection of the Sons of Iraq from support of people like ISIS is dismissed by one dimensional thinkers like that other military genius, Jack Keane. With the help of all the "yes men" at State, in DoD and the WH the "advanced thinkers" among the IR poisoned political appointees, the US Government walked away from the Sons of Iraq and worshipped at the feet of the Shia tyrant Maliki because - wait for it! He had won an election.
The core truth of what has happened in Iraq is the grotesque stupidity of the original decision to invade Iraq, occupy it and seek to transform it into a country acceptable to the neocons.
The hunt for those who "lost Iraq," is just beginning. It will intensify and become the equivalent of the harrying of the "China Hands" after the Nationalist Chinese regime fell to the communists.
One of the saddest thing about this is the continuing ignorance of the American people of any of the reality of this situation. The images that people have of Iraq, Iran and all the rest are simply projections of media propaganda reflecting the agenda of the neocons and their international "friends."
One can only expect that even as they wriggle on the hook of their failure the neocons will continue to lie and attempt to cripple their opponents