And "World Police" is such a cliche. A complete World Police? No. But at some level we are the World Police and we have done a damned fine job at it as well. Far better than European colonial powers and far better than the Soviet Union. What the hell do you think the Cold War was about? Why do you think we have Marine Expiditionary Units Special Operations Capable (MEUSOC) strategically located all over the world at any given time? It's to protect American interests (embassies, trade routes, allies from bad governments, etc.) whether the average American understands that interest or not. But despite popular bumper sticker protests, we have never injected our military haphazardly around the world and forced anybody to behave in any way other than what they already produced within their own culture. And when it comes to occupation, we have never occupied with the object of conquering and we have never sought to add another star to our flag. We are done with Iraq. We disposed of our thorn and settled in a suitable replacement type of government we can sleep over. We will be done with Afghanistan as soon as they can deliver on securing their future without Taliban oppression and radicalism. Unlike the Soviet Union who sought to Russianize the world, we have no interest in Americanizing anybody. If people associate modernism with Westernism it's because modernism happened in the West first. It has never been about Americanizing or Westernizing anybody in the MENA region. It's about finally allowing them to have modernist opportunity by assisting them at removing our Cold War legacies.
It's always been about our long term security. The dictator was always about our short term security at a time when we were able to get away with it. The future is past here.
And as far as imposing democracy upon people, we aren't imposing anything of the kind. They were wanting democracy at the beginning of European colonialism. They were denied. They wanted democracy after World War II and during the "Age of Independence." They were denied. And they are screaming for it now. Along the way, the radical base has gathered more and more sheep to the desperate crusade of seeking vengeance for God until most of them are completely hopeless. What exactly are we imposing? By not dealing with our Cold War remedies for tribal conflicts throughout the region, we are continuing to hamper what they already want. Iraq was a must since we effectively killed the people's chances for 12 years. The rest of the Middle East merely needed a Tunisia (Arch Duke Ferdinand) to spark it off. For something we are supposedly imposing, the entire Middle East seems more than eager to adopt what we got and have been trying to sell since 2003.