What is the Middle East good for? @VDHanson @HooverInst

Jan 08, 04:01 AM
Image:  Siege of Erbil by the Ilkhanid Mongols in 1258–59 depicted in the Jami' al-tawarikh by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Division Orientale. Public domain.

Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover, analyzes the matter where Iran fired missiles out of Iran into US bases in Iraq at 1:30 AM local time.  An IranPress handout, published by Reuters, is the local information and propaganda that we currently have on the topic.
       Is the Trump Administration trying to find an exit, or rather to change our posture in the Middle East?  It’s trying to collapse all the reasons we’ve been there for 70 years down to a smaller footprint. Those currently dependent on Middle Eastern oil are primarily China and the EU.  Why do we still have troops there? Because we don't want the oil wealth to accumulate in hands that will create a nuclear bomb; and we don't want to create a platform for the likes of Black September, or the later al Q and ISIS.
       Soleimani had one great gift: he understood the Obama Administration  . . . China takes about 40% of the oil that goes through the Strait of Hormuz.  https://amgreatness.com/2020/01/05/what-is-the-middle-east-in-the-middle-of-anymore/