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The Humpty-Dumpty Middle East

Edward463 Wrote: Aug 30, 2012 11:28 AM
To continue....The Palestinians and Saudis and Iranians and Egyptians, however, don’t really want to live; they want to see Israel die. Its economic success in the midst of tribal and statist stagnation is a reproach to their existence. That is their policy in a nutshell. And that is their policy towards the U.S., as well. And towards Europe, which they are on the eve of conquering. Arab and Islamic policy is a policy of death. If we won’t do it ourselves, we should allow Israel to take out Iran's bomb factory, and challenge any one of those pestholes to do something about it.
The United States is backing off from the Middle East -- and the Middle East from the United States.

America is in the midst of the greatest domestic gas and oil revolution since the early 20th century. If even guarded predictions about new North American reserves are accurate, over the next decade the entire continent may become energy-independent, without much need of petroleum imports from the Middle East.

America's diminishing reliance on the Persian Gulf coincides with mounting Chinese dependency on Middle Eastern oil and gas. So as the Persian Gulf becomes less important to us, it...