Stop Believing in the Many Myths of the Iraq Surge
War Is Boring

Thanks for writing this. The Surge was an excellent political solution — it made America appear like it could win wars. It wasn’t much else. You’re absolutely right that the civil war had burned itself largely out by then (Sunnis realized they’d be wiped out if they kept supporting hardcore insurgents). That was a factor America never controlled. As soon as they felt they could lash out, they did, by allying with the Islamic State.