That's why I think our mission there should be limited to Whack-A-Mole. Let them have their 7th Century theme park, and as necessary smack down attempts to spread their plague.
The problem with American policy since WWII is that we've inherited all the burdens of an empire with none of the benefits. It's an incoherent policy that is unwinnable. If we're going to have all this military presence in these countries, for going on decades, then we should act like a real empire and replace their institutions with our own. Otherwise, get out.