In 2007, Michael Scheuer wrote the seminal book, "Through Our Enemie's Eyes." A decade later, thoughtful military leaders with notches on their gun stocks are pretty certain that we are making the same mistake all over again.
As a combat veteran of both major GWOT theaters, I can attest that a large military footprint without aggressive rules of engagement often results in large scale actions in self defense that polarize the generally innocent population. If a world power intends to wage a war in the name of helping others and promoting democracy, the world power should be ready to engage in a war that results in stability and structure, ending with a non-martial foreign policy which encourages the further growth of democracy.
Agree or disagree, it’s always good to have exposure to well thought out ideas. Read Maj. Danny Sjursen's article: How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East