In a democracy it is difficult to take action when a nation's citizens do not understand the issue. This is the case in America with the economy and the middle east.
The economy is a complicated social science and unlike natural science there are not proven laws to follow. With the middle east, the average U.S. Citizen does not understand Islam. Some believe it is a peaceful religion and others believe that part of the teaching of Islam is "kill the infidel".
To help solve the problem in the Middle East we must first understand what we are trying to solve.