Besides leaving out Islam as the source of radicalization, Murphy makes one glaring mistake with his claim the Hebdo killers were part of ISIS and therefore wouldn’t exist if we didn’t invade Iraq: The Kouachi brothers were not members of ISIS, they were fighting for Al-Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula. The terrorist who attached the Kosher market was an ISIS operative.
RACHEL MADDOW: Do you see a meaningful connection between the military fight against ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria and the international threat posed by ISIS both through propaganda, perhaps through directly organizing foreign attacks and inspiring the kind of fighters who we saw strike last week in France?
CHRIS MURPHY: I clearly think that you’re seeing a flow of foreign fighters back and forth into Syria and Iraq that’s presenting real problems and threats to our allies in Europe and potentially here to the United States. But I think it is important just to recognize that the individuals who carried out these attacks in Paris were originally radicalized not by ISIS but in coordination against the United States’ invasion and occupation of Iraq. That’s what initially brought them into this fight, and it’s worth repeating that those who would call for another insertion of U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS would be essentially repeating the very mistake that radicalized thousands of Muslims all across country during our ten-year occupation of that country. So I certainly think that ISIS poses a threat to the United States and to our allies, but we’re living with a decade-long mistake in Iraq that radicalized thousands already no matter whether or not ISIS was present in that region.