Your call to arms would have resonated with Americans when they were still a single people. But that was then, this is now.
FWIW, National Security Directive 45 (August 20, 1990) concisely articulates the basis of the U.S. decision:
U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf are vital to the national security. These interests include access to oil and the security and stability of key friendly states in the region. The United States will defend its vital interests in the area, through the use of U.S. military force if necessary and appropriate, against any power with interests inimical to our own. The United States also will support the individual and collective self-defense of friendly countries in the area to enable them to play a more active role in their own defense. The United States will encourage the effective expressions of support and the particpation of our allies and other friendly states to promote our mutual interests in the Persian Gulf region.
Nations protect their critical interests. They don't abandon their allies. They promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
Doing nothing would have left Saddam Hussein in a position to dominate the Persian Gulf's oil shipping lanes and to put a chokehold on world oil supplies to further his interests and ambitions. That would have left the U.S., among many other states, dependent strictly on Saddam Hussein's good will for an important part of their energy supplies. No responsible foreign policy could allow for such a situation, because the intent of states and leaders is not always benign.
1. Every leader and nation desires peace.
2. Every leader and nation embraces self-restraint and self-limitation.
3. States' interests never conflict to the extent that they are willing to resort to force.
4. Ideology is a non-factor in international relations
5. Power is irrelevant.
Such a world has never existed. The above formula would do nothing to deter the likes of a Napoleon or Hitler or Stalin. Indeed, they would thrive on such an approach by gobbling up the hapless and naive victim whose good intentions and good will would prove worthless when it comes to providing for their security.
I will make this one observation though, a country full of heroin, and not one story of soldiers strung out on this drug, after eight years, I just had to make that observation.
Lets just note that most of the Poppy production is on Afghanistan's south-west side; on it's borders with Iran.
On the North Side you will find more cottage industries like handwoven Persian Rugs, and legitimate husbandry and agriculture (cereal and wheat
I knew someone was going to bite. He was referring to a map in the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 named: Afghanistan
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." -Jefferson