Now you may get a kick out of that but I don't.
Some of these third-world hellholes are so nasty you actually can't get food to the people without stepping over some bodies of the guys who were stealing it.
That's why we were there. Then thought was given to doing something more.
The mercy mission was allowed to morph into "nation building" ~ and that's where you run into your problem. We were not prepared to do that which, as you know, requires the use of a great deal of armor, artillery and air power.
As good as a “mercy mission” sounds, armies are not designed for them.
On the other one, why were we in Bosnia? Arguably to save the Bosnian Muslims. And look at the thanks we got for doing that.
We perhaps ought not to go as far as Ron Paul advocates, but we could definitely stand to pull back a ways on our military adventurism and nation building.