theplaydrive - I think you are really splitting hairs here.
to both of you -
- We are the global security guarantor for the rest of the world. Part of that is oil and part of that is shipping lanes.
- If Libya and Iraq weren't in the major oil region of the world, we probably wouldn't care.
- It is in our strategic interest to spread democracy, in order to attempt to reduce radicalization and also to focus it inwards rather than outwards.
- It is also in our expression of values, to spread democracy to other countries...to be humanitarian.
The 3rd and 4th point are separate points, I will agree. However, seeing as how we have been violating the 4th point for decades, it is in our interest diplomatically to the people of the ME to correct the hypocrisy. It just so happens that points 3 and 4 are harmoniously aligned with respect to Iraq and Libya.