My initial reaction was based on the notion that how we characterize terrorism, with an inherent tie to some ideological extremism position on a matter. Religion or some other governmental position. Which is how some in the US get way with improperly characterizing right wing extremism as terrorism. But to your point we suggest our activities in the Middle East, Far East, and most of Africa come down to an ideological stance on how other nations should be ran (especially when we get a benefit out of the deal.) Our issue then becomes a collision of ideologies that are incompatible. If a nation leans majority to a flavor of Islam, it comes with a baked into the text mechanism for governmental control over the people all reporting up through "religious authority." In that sense alone, our actions could be looked at as trying to introduce western governmental thinking that cannot function in a society with such extreme positions on authority.
So, in your opinion, does the business of warfare make us terrorists at the same level as religious ideological fanaticism does for "terror groups" all over the Middle East? Or more simply, does capitalistic driven warfare equate to killing in the name of religion? (And consider when answering that ideology, in any regard, tends to not like competition.)