U.S. Marines load ammunition and weapons seized in a raid on Mogadishu, Somalia's, Bakara Market December 2006. A Marine stands holding a M60 machine gun, left, pointing it at a crowd of Somali civilians standing at the right. (Photo/Expert Infantry via Flickr)

What Does The US Hope To Gain From Its Latest Foreign Intervention?

The real reasons behind American military adventures tend only to become clear in retrospect.