I'm thinking that these people actually need a harsh dictator like Saddam or Mubarak. They can't handle a democratically elected leader. Look at our country, all our elections are relatively close but the hundred or so million people that dont get who they wanted elected dont have mass riots. All they do is come to places like ARP to whine about it.
As far as our policy goes in the ME, who knows. Its seems we just throw money at everyone and they all hate us any way. We would be better served just minding our own business.