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L. Paul Bremer III

Life after ISIS?

Eventually ISIS will be defeated. However, unless someone somewhere has been reflecting on what happens to Syria and Iraq thereafter, the Obama and/or the next administration may very well face a dangerous, more unstable Middle East.

Our 15-year record for early planning for the phase that follows the fighting is not good. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld refused to allow then-Secretary of State Colin Powell's very thoughtful, detailed Iraq plan even to be distributed. Thus, Paul Bremer and others made it up as they stumbled forward. There are rumors though, that the voluminous post-World War II record of civil government in Germany was frequently consulted in...