|It strikes me that many of the causes of the rise of (particularly Islamic) opposition to the US is caused not by any policy of Isolationism by policies of (in the eyes of many islamic states) political interference and cultural imperialism and military occupation.
It also strikes me that many of your jingoistic half-thoughts don't really stand up to any kind of close scrutiny. Take two things that you know/beleive (at least at an emotional level) to be true... then look closely to check that they are compatible with each other -- if they are not compatible then one of them must be wrong surely?
Which of the following do not fit together:
Bin Laden and Sadaam Hussein were known to be enemies... (no love lost there at all in fact).
Iraq was related to the 9/11 attack.
Bin Laden is responsible for the attack.
Bin Laden recruits many followers by pointing out the sacriligious presence in Saudi Arabia of an american infidel army base.
US Isolationism strengthens the case for terrorists and will lead to an increase in terrorist attacks.
US should formally occupy an Arab-Islamic state to redcuce the threat of terrorism.
It seems to me that the basic and extremely sad fact is that the harder you push terrorists, the more you feed their resolve and their ranks. A jingoistic doublethink attitude when discussing the issues or presenting a point of view does nothing to edify the debate.
The often-drawn comparison between the current terrorist situation and the inter-war years is tenuous to say the least and tbh is a cheap gimmick -- IMO eccles was being exceedingly polite.
Did someone mention meta-war?