Steve (as 41oo) wrote:
hmmm interesting post schlock7
"I think you're being somewhat naive to believe they will stop terrorism if we simply get out of their country."
....but of course that's not going to happen is it? Not while they are sitting on the oil and gas we need.
And pray tell, how much presence did the US have in the Middle East 15 years ago...prior to Saddam's invasion of Kuwait? Answer: very little. We survived quite nicely for a long, long time "while they were sitting on the oil and gas we need".
We obviously have a critical economical interest in protecting the flow of oil and gas to the US, but we've never touted (or even desired) occupation of Middle Eastern countries as our means of keeping that pipeline flowing. Our current presence there is borne of necessity and at the pleasure of those countries we are in. When the country asks us to leave, we will leave, just look at Uzbekistan where, at their request, we are packing our bags, even as I post this.