Democrats (good ones) will rightly point out that we should stay out of quagmires in the Middle East because we can’t (in a matter of words, as they wouldn’t literally say it this way) centrally plan the events and outcomes in that region since it is too messy, too complex.
Republicans (good ones) will rightly point out that we should stay out of trying to centrally plan the domestic economy, as centrally planning the events and outcomes there is too messy, too complex.
Flip it, though, and this idea that a government can’t centrally plan complex events and outcomes falls by the wayside. Democrats think the government can centrally plan the domestic economy and Republicans think the government can centrally plan the foreign policy in the Middle East.
For a Democrats, it’s just a matter of redistributing to the right people or organizations; for Republicans, it’s just a matter of distributing weapons or our backing to the right players in the region.
In other words, this desire to centrally plan operates on the basis of picking winners and losers, which contrary to their charges of the free market, is the exact opposite of what takes place there free of central planning.