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.