Well in that case, there were a number of strategies to drop a flower on the original individual bad guy, but it was too complicated. And he came to have Axis friends in other places too.
I have been looking at the list post WWII and a few categories pop out (not exhaustive, but to provide a framework):
1) Early Cold War 1950s-1960s - a lot going on in Asia, so-called domino theory. (Not making an excuse for it and definitely intervention, rather than a "just" war, if one can understand that term, with some reservations.)
2) African Wars 1960s-present - intervention in civil and regional wars, taking sides.
3) "Banana Republics" 1960s-1970s - also under Cold War and/or anti-dictator umbrella, but lots of intervention in South/Latin America/Caribbean nations.
4) Middle East 1980s-present - going back to Lebanon in 1958, then picking up momentum in 1980s and intensifying in 1990s, and then of course post 9/11 retaliation (not necessarily justifying, but again context.)
5) European Wars 1990s - e.g., Bosnia, Kosovo; civil and regional wars; NATO, also "peacekeeping" efforts - early post-Cold War dynamics.
It is tragic history for the civilian populations, but interesting and will look more at it later, and also who was President at the time. I actually think neither party has a better record on flowers vs. wars, but the reasons, durations, outcomes, and which party was dominant in Congress at the time also deserves analysis.
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