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Trump's focus on ISIS reveals his ignorance

Trump's focus on ISIS reveals his ignorance

Donald Trump's accusation that President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are "founders of ISIS" is not only a good example of his reckless fear-mongering but also his complete lack of understanding about true threats to national security.

ISIS, or the Islamic State, as this brutal jihadist group is known, is not even the first, second, third or fourth most serious threat to the United States despite what Mr. Trump shouts from the stump with abandon.

First of all, ISIS grew out of the group al-Qaida in Iraq, which did not even exist until the Bush/Cheney invasion of Iraq in 2003. As to the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, completed under President Obama, the...