Shortly before being driven from power Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi warned that if he was ousted chaos would ensue. He was ousted and what he predicted has come to pass. Thousands of soldiers that he recruited from Mali simply left Libya when their boss was gone and returned home. Of course, they were wise enough to pack up gobs of weapons and ammunition in order to wage war back home. In effect, the plan to get rid of Gaddafi resulted in getting a new enemy–the Mali insurgents who are fanatic Muslims. We ousted a secular dictator and got in return a host of fanatic Muslims seeking to impose Sharia law.
There has not been a coherent American foreign policy in the Middle East for decades. We get rid of secular Saddam The same outcome awaits in Syria. Assad goes and in return-who arrives??