With the UK’s prompting, it even sent in an army after World Word I to try to destabilize the country.
After World War II came the long, protracted and very expensive Cold War.
When the Soviet Union, that was supposed to be the end of it. (Remember the ‘peace dividend?’)
For a time, fake terrorists in caves kept the dollars flowing to the Pentagon, but now that everyone over the mental age of five years old has figured that out, a new and improved enemy is needed.