The Guardian reports today on a Chatham House study--here's the acutal text--stating the result of U.S. adventurism is a resurgent Iran, which now exercises more influence in Iraq and Afghanistan than does the U.S., not to mention Syria and Lebanon. Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a Egyptian democracy activist, makes a slightly different point in his op-ed for the Washington Post. arguing that the policies of the U.S. and its proxy, Israel, are strengthening Islamists across the Middle East and North Africa--and making them deeply anti-American. As he points out Hizbollah and Hamas scored big in their respective elections, as did Islamists in Egypt until Mubarak changed the rules, but rather than engage these democrats, the Bushies launched first a cold war then, through Israel, a hot one. That is, as Ibrahim points out, exactly the wrong approach.
I agree: That is the wrong approach unless you want to alienate and radicalize people, and then it is spot on.