Originally Posted by cacheborn
I understand. It's the American mindset.
What needs to be realized is
1. The World does not need saving any more. Not at least by way of invading countries and engaging in war.
2. For most part U.S. creates the enemies and then proceeds to destroy them, in the way creating more enemies. They backed Saddam against Iran, when he got ambitious they had to fight him. The U.S. foreign policy needs a major rethinking and it's high time that they began thinking about the rest of the world as well.
If one were particularly cynical, one might say that 2. stems from 1. The US sees its place in the world (and how it earned superpower status) as being the world police, or at least the police of the western world. There are no more villains to police. Therefore, in order to maintain the status quo, the US needs to make up more villains to fight lest it loses its status.