US National Interest and the Middle East

Henry Thompson


The US is involved in perpetual police work in the Middle East that is not in the national interest.  The US, UK, and Europe redrew the borders in the Middle East as well as those in Central and Eastern Europe at the ends of World Wars I and II.  The borders were designed to split ethnic and religious groups between nations to diffuse their identity.  This plan is proving unworkable.  A comparison of the map of Central and Eastern Europe now with one from the 1970s shows the sort of reorganizing along religious and ethnic grounds will occur in the Mideast.  US national interest would be better served by selling military equipment to select customers rather than giving it away.