The punk in question happens to be a thug dictator:
Personally, I believe our real problem with Saddam Hussein is one that Tony Soprano would understand perfectly. We made a deal with Saddam in 1991. He's been spitting on it publicly. If we let this minor punk get away with it, tougher operations like China will get the idea we've gone soft. So to enforce a contract, we might have to take out a contract.
Recall that Osama Bin Laden felt emboldened to attack the World Trade Center because the US pulled out of Somalia and Beirut so easily. From a 1998 Bin Laden interview:
JOHN MILLER: You have said, "If the Americans are so brave they will come and arrest me." Do you think that is something my country will try?OSAMA BIN LADEN: We have seen in the last decade the decline of the American government and the weakness of the American soldier who is ready to wage Cold Wars and unprepared to fight long wars. This was proven in Beirut when the Marines fled after two explosions. It also proves they can run in less than 24 hours, and this was also repeated in Somalia. We are ready for all occasions. We rely on Allah.
So, yes, other punks are always watching. Thrashing a deserving punk every now and then will help maintain the peace.
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