What was important after 9/11 was the world was shown that Americans would come with both guns smoking in response to terror attacks like that, and that countries would fall as a result. It wasn’t just Bush; it was the American heartland and the American people as a whole that were for a violent response to such violence, and that decision was confirmed by Bush’s re election the next cycle.
Bush was all about compassionate conservatism, so of course he wasn’t only about smashing heads, but also about trying to rebuild an alternative vision of a country in the ME.
Obama confirmed that with following up in Afghanistan at least, even if his foreign policy overall has been erratic.
Rebuilding those countries though, is not really an American responsibility.It is really up to the locals now what they do with the water that they have been led to.
The compassionate conservatism/neo-liberal response was really mostly just a one time thing. If it succeeded great. Now, almost a generation later, c’est la vie.
What was important was to show the world that Americans will not take such attacks lightly, and that other people will suffer when the hatred that they engender against America turns to violence.
America will punish those who strike at her cities. Beware.
Compassionate conservatism does not work at rebuilding certain nations.
Well, that lesson have been learned too.