Exactly my point. Without being physically attacked, Americans can't fathom the need to preserve global order. And we learned real fast in our history that the instability of foreign regions directly affects our way of life. It began with the Spanish~American War and has thus far taken us up to the invasion of Iraq. None of this is as simple as 1+1=2. And rememeber, nothing we have done in our history has been about a single country. It has always been about the region. You have to throw all kinds of curveballs, smiley faces, and division signs to identify how a foreign empire cracking down on a neighbor's ability to produce rubber affects coal miners in Western Virginia. Or going to war to invade Libya over pirates because our new nation can't afford to pay ransoms in order to get our goods through a sea zone. And I know you don't like it, but if our trades weren't being so adversely affected, Roosevelt would have had to use bigger words than "democracy and freedom" to get us into Europe.
Oil, as I'm sure you would agree, is vastly important to the entire world. We know that Russians were a huge factor in defeating Germany, but many don't realize that it was the Brits that strangled Germany of their oil import. The inability to continue manufacturing their military was huge to the war effort. The Soviets immediately sought to control the oil fields in the Middle East after the World War. This began our Cold War dictator party in the region. Most of the Cold War was really about preventing the Soviet Union with the resources to produce vast miltaries. And our relationships with the leaders of the Middle East today absolutely had everyting to do with ridding them of their thorn in Iraq who proved that he was determined to be a belligerent well into his old age. We need the oil to flow. Our nation (and the world) runs on it. But if we can do it without the use of dictators then we should because that is what we are supposed to do as a nation that preaches democracy and higher moral authority. We fail everytime we have an opportunity to get rid of them. And we fail because people automatically fall back on "but, we weren't attacked."