ISIS Bombings Don’t Betray Weakness

Baghdad and its environs have been shaken by a series of deadly Islamic State suicide bombings in recent days. More than 200 people, primarily Shiites, have been killed since last week.

This has prompted the familiar spin from the U.S. military and the Obama administration, who claim that these attacks are a sign that ISIS is actually getting weaker — that because ISIS has lost 45 percent of its territory in Iraq it is turning to terrorist attacks to remain relevant. I remember similar spin from the Bush administration and the U.S. military from 2003 to 2007 when they claimed that al-Qaeda in Iraq bombings were a sign of desperation on the part of a few “dead-enders.”