Two incompatible views of the world have cohabited under the conservative label since the fall of Communism: a national-interest view that seeks to keep the insoluble problems of failing states at a distance from America, and a Utopian vision of a world remade in America’s image.
American voters puked out the Utopians in the Republican primaries, shunning every candidate who embraced the George W. Bush “Freedom Agenda” in favor of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz — the candidates who refused to carry the Bush administration’s foreign policy baggage. Trump said it best: the Iraq War was one of the dumbest things America ever did in foreign policy, the equivalent of “throwing rocks into a hornet’s nest.”
Containment is the only solution for Muslim states. Well, the least bloody one.