Refers to an area of the world that theoretically could become a civilized place with the help of U.S military intervention, but in reality has historically resisted attempts by many previous colonial powers to accomplish this goal. See Afghanistan, Iran, Vietnam, Cambodia, Newark, Detroit, etc.
The Middle East is unsubduable, dude. It's just going to be another wall with a bunch of names.
by Rufustoofus June 29, 2010