If this were the world of the early 1900s and we could afford to look at it, shrug our shoulders, and say 'eh, that's their problem over there' then I am sure more people than not would agree with you, but....BUT! it is NOT that world today. We are in a time where we could be in the ME by air in a few hours, which means that they can be here in the same time. Our interests, and partnerships are intertwined around the world to a greater degree also, and they have had a century of inhabiting places like Europe, and Africa with ideology to the point where some countries within are having a hard time keeping their traditional heritage...They are in a way colonizing from within....but when you don't have willing partners in the region who are willing to take matters into their own hands and fight for their own freedom AND your fellow countrymen are really tired of fighting AND your "all volunteer force" is tired of constantly being thrown into the meat grinder for wars/military campaigns that don't seem to have an end-game, do you think it wise to pursue a single-minded military option as the only solution to the Middle-East problem especially since no other U.S. President before Obama was able to fix the problem?
A military campaign has an end when there is a winner. Anything short of that is a loss. And they know it...We seem to have forgotten that.
Oh yes...The world started with Boooooosh! Do you realize how not only short sighted that sounds, but what a lack of historical understanding it displays about radical Islam? Truly that sentence doesn't even deserve a response...Oh, wait! The problem wasn't exacerbated until The Bush Doctrine went into affect. My bad!
You really want to scream at me about ideology, when you just made a statement steeped in nothing but ideologue laden rhetoric?My point here is simply this: STOP TAKING THE IDEOLOGICAL VIEW to all things.
Not for our enemy it isn't...While we prance around worrying about who's feelings we hurt with language, they saw off the heads of those in their way and count the victories....Good strategy....The ME in particular isn't a one size fits all situation.
Not having the intestinal fortitude to actually fight and win this doesn't make it 'complicated'... That is only an excuse for those of your ideological bent to say 'we can't win, so why try'...It's far more complicated that you might think.