I think Bush’s doctrine would have eventually caught hold with the majority of people once they experienced the good life, esp the young.
Obama squandered it.
Secondly, and NO ONE talks about this, but we have the best trained military in the world. From time to time you need to test it out, and actually use the weapons you’ve developed. We have battle tested soldiers and weaponry. That alone was great by product of the wars there.
Sorry, but it’s true.
One of Obama’s goals is to diminish the US military. He leaked his intention in a speech when he said, “like it or not, we (US) still have the strongest military in the world”.