The idea that the US is at fault is preposterous. The mess in the Middle East was created by France and Britain who colonized the area and left it in chaos after WWII.
If you want to look in the history books then why not take it back further, say 2,000 or more years, at which point the problem was, and still is tribal groups that on closer inspection are religious groups.
Unfortunately without nuking the whole area the problem wont go away as both religious groups are claiming ownership of the same patch of ground, and one openly saying they will kill the other group (they have a religious mandate that says that they must), and the other using extreme force whenever the first group tries to do so.
This is the main underlying problem, and without adressing this you may as well not bother at all.
Getting these two groups to live together in peace is as easy as a blind man trying to herd 50 cats, it simply wont happen. Therefore, the area either needs to be split up giving both groups equal (but seperate) access to that area of barren rock and sand, or only one group gets access to all of it.
The latter is what happened after the end of WW2, that obviously has not worked out very well.
The choices that I see that are left, are to simply nuke the area, so no-one can live there for the next thousand years, split Israel in half and give it to the Palestinians (with a huge wall in-between), but any attempt to do so will result in a war (probably with nukes), reconciliation is largely impossible - 2,000 years have resulted in nothing more than violence, so whats left.???
Leave the borders as they are, and try to make the situation less violent, and problematic, the only way of doing that easily is to kick the terrorists out of government in Palestine, then force Israel to stop being arseholes to the general population of Palestine, and simply keep the 2 sides seperate as much as possible.
Hint - there's no oil in Korea, Viet-Nam, Philippines, Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Lebanon, or Afghanistan.
Korea and Vietnam to some degree were caused by a total mistrust of Russia, China, and Communism, as well as of course the start of the war, and various nations getting involved on one side or the other.
Is this the "Philippine" war you are talking about.?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine ... erican_War
Grenada was a show of brute force by America simply because of Communism.
Panama was more interesting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Sta ... _of_Panama
Bosnia was essentially a fallout from the second world war where several nations wre grouped together and told "You are now Yugoslavia", that was never going to end well, and many are surprised it lasted as long as it did. No problems with the Americans getting involved there.
Lebanon, do you mean this, where America was not involved.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_Unite ... sy_bombing
And we all know about Afghanistan, so there is little point in me adding anything there.
So to summarise them all in one go, we have fallout from WW2, communism and terrorism, only the last 2 on the list can be associated with terrorism. And overall there is only one that stands out as America being "good" for no financial, religious, ideological or political reason and that is Bosnia/Yugoslavia - well done America (this is not to say that I would deem America's involvement as un-necessary in some cases, just that there is very often an underlying reason why America was involved, and it is nearly always self interest of some kind).
A White Knight America is not, a self-interested powerful nation America is, and can easily be compared to many others throughout history, all of which were overwhelmingly self-serving just like America, the difference is that america "claims" to be a White Knight, some can see through the charade, others can't.
PS: Whilst having a little read of those wiki articles I learned some things that I didnt know anything about previously, its worthwhile to read some yourself as history is interesting - especially when it can be avoided in the future.