Often overlooked in discussion of the George W. Bush presidency is the fact that in 2000, he campaigned on a platform of less military intervention and nation-building. After almost a decade of military interventionism and adventurism by the Clinton presidency, which saw actions taken primarily in Africa, the Middle East, and the former Yugoslavia, the American people were tired of playing police to a world that was growing increasingly more chaotic after the collapse of the bi-polar world system of the Cold War. Certainly, that campaign platform took a major back-burner following the actions on 11 September, 2001.
Focus. Mission Accomplished.
These are the actions that we must be aware of, and we must guard against.