A commenter below left the following, a copied comment (#13 from this thread) from Moon of Alabama. It is above-my-pay-grade geopolitical stuff, and very interesting.
Of course the plan is to keep the war going forever. Fox News is reporting that US strikes on ISIS have fallen off. This is because Isis hasn’t fulfilled its central task which is to spread the chaos into Central Asia.
Look at the facts: the Ukraine adventure has isolated Russia from Europe. The pivot to Asia is designed to box China in and isolate it. By then bringing Takafiri lunacy to Central Asia the Silk Road project is ruined and Russia and China, cut off from international trade, are stuck in a giant quagmire that will eventually destroy them. The key to creating this quagmire is ISIS. The only way to supply them is by being in Afghanistan.
I have long maintained that Isis – Islamic State – Isil – Daesh are all creatures of Western Intelligence, serving imperialists ends. This would explain why even supposedly representing Arab nationalism, they have shown no interesting in even being annoying towards Israel.
This is nothing new, by the way, controlled opposition is common throughout history. Another group that was a product of Western (British) Intelligence was the Muslim Brotherhood.
Just as the Democrats and Republicans are two faces of the same coin, so too are the terrorists who supposedly want to attack us merely the other side of the coin of our intelligence community, CIA/MI6/Mossad, etc.