October 18, 2013
Why the Mideast Matters Less and Less to U.S.
Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy
The Associated Press
The Middle East is not nearly as important as it used to be. The traditional reasons for U.S. involvement are changing. Once upon a time, it was all about containing the Russians, our dangerous dependence on Arab oil, and a very vulnerable Israel. Then it was all about the threat of Islamic extremism and terrorism, and the desire to nation-build in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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