In overthrowing Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush and the neo-cons were actually operating from idealism, and, felt they were protecting Israel.
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton operated from idealism too. But from liberal idealism of social engineering. We have seen it domestically for decades. Liberals have an ideal society in mind and work towards it. This is what their entire foreign policy is about. They have decided what the Middle East society should look like and have set out to achieve that.
Iran should have Iraq, but not Syria, for some reason in their weird liberal minds of how things should be.
George W. Bush made a horrible mistake upsetting the balance of power. Obama and Clinton, with Obama continuing it, have created the greatest humanitarian disaster since Mao and Stalin.
I don’t think there is a greater big picture plan at work here. I don’t think they are up to something like a strategy to hurt China in the long run, other than the liberal idealism of integrating Muslims into the Western world. Today’s actions somehow fit into that goal.
Twisted little minds, all.