Nearly every one of you have agreed with me about the Middle East. What lessons might we get from these things on which we agree?
Kill the people who are trying to kill you and leave the rest alone.
And doing so creates more people who want to kill you. Then kill them. Then create more. Then kill them. Then create more. Yay!
Shoot to kill.
Take the oil.
The region's been unstable since the mid20th century.
Your questions imply that US involvement sent the region spiraling into chaos. It was already there. Are things worse than they were 15 years ago? Probably. But I'm not totally convinced that lends credence to the hands-off approach that seems to be the implied policy of your question making.
For instance, you could phrase the question differently: have things gotten worse in the last handful of years, since we got boots off the ground? Absolutely.
It's hard to get an agreed-upon consensus as to what conclusions this yields.
I agree with your response up to a point. It is not my stance that we should be hands off places that either kill/kidnap US citizens or interrupt peaceful trade, and Reagan's cruise missle response in Libya, for instance, seems reasonable.
I'll assume your time reference is to WW II and the artificial nations created there and elsewhere.
It's been unstable since the bible.
Unfortunately, our country is going to elect another war hawk who will use its soldiers and sailors as pawns to advance our horrible nation building strategy.
I posted a number of questions about the Middle East and then this question to encourage conclusions.
This is the one SOH chose to close even though it was the most responded to.
It closed because you hit your vote limit.
Every large-scale military intervention should be agreed to by our representatives, and war declared.
Our military is not a social service and should not used as such. It is for killing people and destroying things--seldom.
Our military is neither for the benefit of the leaders of other countries nor the people thereof. It is for the protection of the US only.
People should be naturally attracted to the example of the US, its freedoms and the benefits that accrue to a free people. We are much the better off by letting other people mind their business with what we are as a guiding light.