bec, I am surprised you, muzzz, craig, suretowin, etc., seem to be quite wary and pessimistic about these current problems in the Middle East.
Our great leaders of the recent past have already shown us the way, most recently Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz/Perles/Kristol have made it clear that US power is virtually invincible. And even before this new century began Reagan had shown us that Grenada could not stand up to us and George HW quickly followed up to show that even Panama could not stand against us, either.
You forget, bec, how dark it looked when Bush/Cheney were forced to lead us into the invasion of Afghanistan. Yet we very, very quickly had Osama bin Laden encircled and totally surrounded in Tora Bora. Then it looked very dark again just because, for no sensible reason, we let him walk away, right under our eyes, and into Pakistan.
But we made up for that folly immediately by turning around and invading Iraq, even though we had no reason for doing so. Still, with great vigor we forged ahead and cleverly made up a bunch of reasons that sounded good enough, especially when they referred to WMDs and also came in packages with stacks of $US money. And as Bush/Cheney indicated we had the power and we let them have it with "Shock and Awe."
Now you remember and won't despair because no matter how bad it may look in the Middle East we know we can do it again. And as we have in the past we will celebrate great victory again. Don't forget, it was not that long after we let them have it with "Shock and Awe" in Iraq that we were sitting pretty and celebrating another great victory on May 1, 2003 with "Mission Accomplished."
Don't wallow in doubt or despair, guys, we can do it again.
How's the GOP 'Arab Spring' going for you? Those guys are as religion-centric as the Libyans, Syrians, Iranians, etc., perhaps more so. Last I heard your religious right are on a path to dystopia, far faster and far more devastating than anything you see in the mid-East.