iraq syndrome: we are in the midst of it. (obama is the first president forced to deal with iraq syndrome).
what should it be? my view: not that american might is necessarily evil, but that it is at its best when held in abeyance.
without launching a single missile america kept soviet tanks from rolling into all of germany & france post wow ii.
now, it keeps china from seizing taiwan. (there are other factors, too.)
we ramp up quickly, when needed.
the germans in ww i, and the germans & japanese in ww ii didn't think we could. they were wrong. we did, decisively, in both cases.
american power doesn’t have to be evil, though, given vietnam & iraq you might be forgiven for thinking so.