"The United States has made the mistake before of assessing the adversary inaccurately. During the Cold War, the United States overextended itself, at a great cost in human blood and treasure, because it confused homegrown nationalism, anti-colonialist movements, and wars of national liberation with the spread of Soviet-style communism. The comparison is apt, because some of these extremist challenges do not pose a direct threat to U.S. interests."
Not true. Cold War nationalism, anti-colonialist movements, & wars of national liberation WERE the spread of Soviet-style communism because the Soviet Union was arming and instigating them. We did it in one nation: Afghanistan, the Soviets did it in 20 or so nations across the globe and we're the ones constantly called out because of it.
"During the Cold War, the United States overextended itself" not true. In reality it was the Soviet Union which ultimately caved in, not the United States.
"Movements like the Islamic State do not come from nowhere; they are a response not only to decades of humiliation, but also to government failures (just ask former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki). " Make up your mind here. First off, ISIS was created as a force to set up an Islamic State in Iraq during the Iraq War. It was a resistance movement originally. Has nothing to do with decades of humiliation. Secondly, if the US ultimately to blame for supporting radicals in Afghanistan during the Cold War as some would like us to believe, then it is what it is and the theory presented here is wrong.
So, what is the solution. How do we stop ISIS?
From one of the other articles: "the United States, remember, since the end of World War II, has been a world empire in all but name."
Could someone name our colonies please? How many countries are ruled under our flag?