Iran was a peaceful more or less secular State until Carter decided to 'fix' it by inviting in the 'nice old religious guy' as Carter called the Ayatollah.
Afganistan has been a hellhole stone-age mess for 10,000 years. It was lunacy to think that America could bring them into the 20th century in one generation. They don't want it, and it will never happen. Maybe, in a hundred years or so.
Saddam was a brutal murderer and a ruthless dictator, but that is what it takes to control the barbarians. Again, it was lunacy to think we could modernize those animals.
Syria was stable until Obama decided to 'fix' it by arming the 'rebels', i.e., terrorist in an attempt to overthrow Assad and install his buddies in the MB.
Egypt was relatively calm and stable until Hussien decided to 'fix' it by overthrowing the government there and inviting in his buddies in the MB.
Libya was stable until Obama decided to 'fix' it and bring in his buddies in the MB, now it is terrorist ridden, chotic, lawless hellhole.
The point is that everytime America attempts to fix the M.E., things always get worse not better. I am not isolationist but rather simply practical. Based on our track record, it would likely be better for everyone if we just let them do what they do and have always done. We need to stop trying to save the M.E. from itself.