- The Washington Times - Monday, August 11, 2014

Marc Ginsberg, former ambassador to Morocco, said Monday that the militant group in Iraq’s spread to Syria is not a surprise to those familiar with the situation.

“The fact that it’s taken the humanitarian crisis to galvanize this White House into action is a shame because we knew this was coming,” he said on MSNBC.

The Islamic State has a group of ethnic minorities trapped up on a mountain, and the U.S. has air dropped humanitarian aid to them. The former adviser to President Carter on Middle East policy, however, said it’s not just this group of people who are at risk.

“ISIS is not just a threat to these people, they are a threat to our allies in the region,” Mr. Ginsberg said. “We’ve got to understand that ISIS and it’s fate should not be tied to the future of political leadership in Baghdad.”