In this Head to Head special from Washington DC Mehdi Hasan challenges Paul Bremer – who was appointed by President George W Bush to run the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority in the wake of the Iraq war – on whether his policies led to the rise of ISIL.
As the man in charge of the so-called reconstruction effort in post-Saddam Iraq Bremer ordered the disbanding of the Iraqi army and banned members of the Ba’ath Party from holding public office.
These measures – critics say – were directly responsible for Iraq’s descent into chaos.
With no panel or audience we discuss the US track record in Iraq and the region – from the 2003 invasion to the rise of ISIL.
We ask him how personally responsible he feels for the birth of ISIL and whether the US should put a significant number of soldiers back on the ground in the region.