europe our allies, and that femtirely different. japan, italy, and germany previously our enemies, but had surrendered.
however, iraq and afghanistan places where we drop troops into largely hostile areas to babysit. more like viet nam situation. key sign: when need local troops to get organized so u.s. can leave. that never seem work. iraq, especially, no threat to imvade others due to no-fly zone. then gump administration make up all that crap about wmds to justify invasion. shameful.
there nothing wrong with helping people, but depend on situation. libya and, now, syria seem better suited to providing some assistance to people we want help.