Goodbye to the Middle East

This article provides a good context to what is happening there, without the idiotic bias of NYT or Shareblue.

[I]f not for the seemingly bottomless volume of TrumpDrama in America these days, most Americans would probably be sighing in relief right now. If the Americans really don’t have an interest in maintaining a global Order, then the Middle East is barren of American national interests and it can now firmly be someone else’s problem.

Comments (7)
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hmk
hmk

Excellent read

William Janes
William Janes

Interesting essay, American disengagement from Middle East and Levant conflicts will test our military and foreign policy elites who can't seem to leave the 1970s behind. His book, The Accidental Superpower, was an interesting analysis of the world in the 21st Century with it surprise ending, America will continue to prosper in this new century.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

I will go on record here and predict there will be a nuclear war somewhere in the middle east or North Africa in the next 10 years and it won't be because of the United States.

Tengen
Tengen

There are a few problems in the article, such as the author thinking we had nothing to do with ISIS rampaging around and that Iran attacked the Saudi refineries. Those faults are minor compared to the fact that his conclusion is ridiculous!

Simply put, we're not leaving the Middle East, EVER. Our two best friends are there, and even if the House of Saud meets a well deserved demise, we're still joined at the hip to Israel. There is no plausible scenario where we leave them to their own devices, and that means permanent involvement in the region. This ballyhooed Trump decision to leave NE Syria doesn't mean much either. Even though I agree the US should leave, Trump tweeted yesterday that those troops are redeploying nearby.

Much like our bankers being stuck in ZIRP/NIRP mode forever, our MIC is stuck in empire mode. The empire continues until the US collapses and no politician is going to change that. Trump isn't bringing anyone home and he's still on the firing line for daring to shift troops around in the region. Sorry guys, but the genie is already out of the bottle and has been since the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

Sechel
Sechel

Read the piece. Author over-simplifies the realities of the region. Piece was not illuminating at all. Basically the author was arguing its all helpless