I learned politics from reading Russell Kirk and his essay on political errors keeps coming to mind as I ponder Obama making the same errors that Bush made by waging wars of choice in the Middle east. here's a key excerpt but please go read the whole thing.
Are we to saturation-bomb most of Africa and Asia into righteousness, freedom, and democracy? And, having accomplished that, however would we ensure persons yet more unrighteous might not rise up instead of the ogres we had swept away? Just that is what happened in the Congo, remember, three decades ago; and nowadays in Zaire, once called the Belgian Congo, we zealously uphold with American funds the dictator Mobutu, more blood-stained than Saddam. And have we forgotten Castro in Cuba?