You're right -- we, the people, don't get to pick our wars ... not if we keep voting for the D and R hacks that perpetuate the status quo. We have the power interests with their hands on the strings of our CIA puppets who lay the groundwork for corrupt regimes, dictatorships and extremist pockets in the Middle East and Latin America. These power interests DO pick our wars. We are then bombarded with propaganda to create fear so that we can rationalize our preemptive and evasive action ("national security") in these countries/regions we've set up. Save oil, there have been no vital US interests in any recent wars. There is nothing for us to win and everything for us to lose. We must stop creating the environment for war and stop picking war.