When I was young, a mantra among progressives was that America had to stop operating as global policeman. Vietnam was the signal episode of arrogant and ultimately self-defeating American overreach. But there were plenty of other cases of the U.S. government doing the bidding of oil companies and banana barons, and blithely overthrowing left-democratic governments as well as outright communists (or driving nationalist reformers into the arms of communists.)
There are so many stakeholders, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and beyond, that would like to see an end to this madness in Gaza. The vital thing confronting us today is for the U.S. to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza and seek a viable and realistic political solution.
The popular herbicide 2,4-D is not the same thing as Agent Orange -- the chemical cocktail that included 2,4-D as one of its major ingredients. But the analogy is striking. We already know for a fact that 2,4-D is not safe; it is a dangerous source of dioxins and has been repeatedly linked to deadly disease.