US National Interest in the Mideast
The US military 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 Mideast 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 and power. A comparison of the map of Europe now with one from the 1970s shows the sort of reorganizing along religious and ethnic grounds that will occur in the Mideast. It is time for the locals to determine their own borders and political organizations.