Its a catch 22 though J1H. We've tried the isolationist route as a nation and it has come to bite us in the ass. Something that frustrates me as a vet of Desert Storm is they didn't just let us clean house back then. Unfortunately all The Arab Nations wanted us to do was get Saddam out of Kuwait
I don't know if that would have solved the issue back then, but it would have at least put them on notice not to frak with us as a nation. One thing that makes me feel guilty as hell is knowing that today's generation is trying to clean up our mess. So every year when the anniversary hits it feels me with a mixed bag of emotions.