The incredible shrinking super power

The world is burning. Russia is invading Ukraine with impunity. A brutal mutation of al-Qaida, called the Islamic State, now controls half of Iraq, scooping up with ease the land that America spent so much blood and treasure to briefly liberate.

The Islamic State lives up to its name: It is a Muslim theocracy. The Qur’an is the constitution for the territory it controls. So Arab Christians and other minorities are given a choice: Convert or be killed.