I'm not so comfortable with being totally morally relativistic about different cultures, nor do I apply rights or matters of proper conduct to the interaction between countries. So, it would not strike me as unfair in any way for a country to defend itself from ideological infilitration while ideologically infiltrating others.
That being said, there are serious practical limits. The USA cannot simply go around righting every wrong in the world, as it is logistically impossible. What's more, right and wrong runs into more problems from internal disagreement than it does from outside resistance. I don't really believe the US government was ever trying to do the right things in Iraq. This country currently has far too many problems of its own to bother passing moral authority onto others. We need all of our resources to pull ourselves out of the ditch we're falling into.
Go to sleep, iguana.
INTP. Type 1>6>5. sx/sp. Live and let live will just amount to might makes right
It's self-congratulatory to say that we pursue foreign wars and 'interests' in order to spread democracy. More likely that we do so in order to control resources, and preserve our access to them, which means oil.
Why didn't we invade Rwanda? It would have saves possible millions of lives. The answer is that they have no resources we need.
Real politick, not altruism, is the driver of foreign policy.
Resources may have played a role in the decision to invade Iraq, but the results don't hold up.
We didn't lower the price of fuel for the US and we haven't economically benefited from the conflict in any way except insofar as the conflict has funded defense industry products and they have hired to meet the demand.
The resources may have played a role in going there, but the heart of the ideological foundation much like Vietnam was to bring democracy.
If we can kill the notion that it is good to push democracy everywhere, we will do more to improve our foreign policy.
The resource pillaging you refer to is a somewhat facile understanding of the motivations behind our foreign policy excursions.
Pushing democracy has been the core of our foreign policy since the start of the cold war. Unfortunately we still have the cold war mindset of "if we don't push democracy, the bad guys will push their political system and win the battle for the world."
Our leaders should be smart enough to know that the costs of invading and fighting overseas exceed the value of any resources one is hopeful to gain.
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
- Edmund Burke