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What we do know --- if we open our eyes and ears --- is that we ought not to be abandoning the Middle East, and throwing away all the influence the US has gained there through the expenditure of lives and treasure.
US defense focus is shifting to the Pacific, just as the Chinese are looking West. They need Mid-East oil to keep fueling their rise to superpower status. If we leave a vacuum, guess who is going to fill it.
The other night, my wife and I watched "Syriana," I for the umteenth time. When it first came out, I reviewed it for The History Place. http://www.historyplace.com/specials/reviews/syriana.htm I watched it through new eyes the other night. My wife commented that "It doesn't make the CIA look very good." I agreed and added that was a shame, because the real heroes in that film were the agents who took out the prince who had cut a deal with the Chinese.
The US needs to view Asia as a whole and understand that what happens in the Middle East and the Stans directly impacts what happens int he Far East... all of which directly impacts us.