With the exception of Israel, and, for now at least, our supposed allies: the jihad-spawning Saudis, the secular but weak Jordanians and Egyptians, the neo-con American government means not to put puppet regimes in place, so much as to create systemic instability, a permanent wasteland of ruthless chaos and serial destruction.
It's about the oil, but not in the way people think, as Greg Palast's reveal of State Department documents calling for keeping Iraqi oil off the market and from competing with more expensive Exxon and Halliburton oil, proves.
It's obviously never been about democracy and human rights! Ha. We support exactly the opposite kinds of regimes in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and even Yemen, (which has in common with us only our love for guns), though to be fair, they have a front row seat for what it really means to be-either-with-us-or-against-us. It won't save them, however, when the game plan for total instability unfolds.
I suppose some of this is inevitable for a powerful country that has never experienced a direct foreign power attack since the War of 1812, except for Pearl Harbor almost 2 decades before Hawaii was even a state (many Hawaiians think U.S. presence there was, and is, simply more imperialism anyway). But, boy-oh-boy, do the neo-cons use whatever attack is made by terrorists to their propagandistic advantage in drumming up endless calls for wars against people who had not only nothing to do with it, but who were actually opposed to those who did, such as Saddam Hussein.
It must be the neo-con wet dream to see so many opportunities for defense, er, war, contractor business in a far off region where, it is supposed, the members of the weakened and disrupted societies will never again muster enough wherewithal to attack us on the "homeland" - a term which is nebulous and geographically stretchable enough to include whatever the neo-cons want it to include.