In Somalia, chaotic violence has given way to the establishment of a new extremist Islamic regime, appearing to give terrorist groups a new haven for training camps and planning future attacks on the west.
The answers can be found in the words of people like Vietnam-era Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, who have gone public with criticisms of the Bush-Cheney Doctrine of unilateral intervention.
The Bush-Cheney doctrine: attack your potential enemies before you really even know they're an enemy worth attacking. It states that America can no longer afford to wait for evidence to support military action. It says we must act now. We must act against them before they act against America, even if it's not entirely clear they ever will.
This doctrine is essentially paranoia on a massive scale. Paranoia of the entire national security apparatus. Wild goose chases abound. Everyone is chasing everything, meaning far fewer people are left to chase those people and things that actually threaten us.
Given that these security threats endanger not only America, but the entire world, the United States must abandon the Bush-Cheney doctrine of unilateralism. The Bush Administration must admit their mistakes, so that the members of the United Nations can begin to realize their proper role in the solution. They must help the United States now, or else face the grim realities of extremist regimes and terrorists having nuclear weapons at some point in the very near future.
Not a single country in Europe or Asia is completely free of extremist groups who Iran could potentially arm with a nuclear device. Not a single one of them can afford to sit idle as the world comes closer to that being a reality. How do they feel about Muslim extremists from Chechnya or Xinjiang suddenly having access to nuclear weapons? This is the case the Bush Administration must make to the world. Hopefully it will be made by the Administration and accepted by other major world powers before it's too late.