It's not too dissimilar to compare with Iraq. They never posed a real threat to our homeland either. In 1990 nor in 2003. Neither did Vietnam pose a real threat to our homeland. Neither did Panama. Neither did Korea. Those are all examples of fear mongering propaganda put into the US public by the media and government.
Neither did, um, trying to think of more American aggression here... Germany in WW1. These are real examples of at the very least, over reacting to foreign threats. More likely, they were examples of corporatism where our government was acting for commercial interests.
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