When we shoot ourselves in the foot, the best solution is eliminate the circumstances which cause us to shoot ourselves or evolve into people that are wiser!! In our case there is an undisclosed philosophy of conflict creation that is endemic to neo-conservative thinking that tells our robber barons that maintaining a state of war is good for business! They are of course correct if the welfare of the 1% is to be upheld to the detriment of everyone else!!
Thus far this philosophy has been upheld and an oligarchy of power centered on feeding the American Military Industrial Complex and protecting our business industries abroad has made us into a hegemonic world power to the detriment of most Americans who pay through our taxes and blood for sustaining the human cannibalism that neo-liberalism creates for the benefit of the very few!
In the case of Al-Qaeda , we successfully armed and trained The Mujahaddim in Afghanistan to fight The Soviet Union in asymmetrical warfare. We forgot about them once The Soviet Union imploded! Our greed for Lithium pushed us to replace The Soviets without considering that these experienced fighters we not about to let us occupy their country without constant and continuous loss of $ And blood!! But to billionaires our losses of $ And blood are ok especially if they get tax breaks and do not have to die themselves. It’s good business!
The case For ISIL or the quest for the oil fields of Iraq, the situation is similar . We knew that Al-Qaeda fighters were coming from Saudi Arabia and their Wahhabist jihaddist fervor to fight back against The West and in particular the most recent scourge of their people, The US. But our oligarchy invaded Iraq bc we already had a great deal with Saudi Arabia on their oil and the use of their oil as a backing for our dollar, as the world’s reserve currency!! But Bush in his zeal for Iraqi oil fields forgot that The Middle East has had a Sunni /Shiite rivalry for hundreds of years and that he invaded a minority Sunni controlled country!! So he created through blunders a Sunni revolutionary army we now call ISIL. It sounds better as ISIS. But the last letter is not for Syria. The last letter is for The Levant, that includes Syria, Israel and Lebanon!!
If you asked me about the best solution to this mess. My answer would be that neoliberalism is bad for humanity and any hope of democracy! But that would mean that wisdom and compassion would have to be employed and that is a minority sentiment in the halls of power!! But there is rumbling in humanity these days that creates hope !! One of them is Bernard Sanders!!