Why the US will still need the Gulf

Arabian Man

It has now dawned on Russia that it was "fooled big-time" into agreeing to the Nato-imposed no-fly zone over Libya. The initial goal was to protect civilians from Qaddafi-regime raids, yet NATO operations turned into a tacit mission for regime change in the North African country. So Russia knows well that if it gives in to US hegemony plans, its interests will crumble in the world's richest region.
Having said this all, the people of M.E and where ever home to US bases will be more than happy to see the back of US from their soil. Believe me there will be no tears shed or roses handed to their soldiers when they finally decide to leave these countries. These countries are capable to handle and solve their problems without the intervention of US. After all what has US done to these countries, apart from pushing them back to the brink of economic and political collapse.

Arabian Man

Yes US is in M.E more so for geo political reasons than for the easy oil and energy of M.E. It needs to outdo and keep ahead of its cold war opponent Russia and now its new found aggressor china in losing out any old allies in M.E.
Russia?s allies in ME were Iraq, Libya, Iran and Syria.
Washington toppled the Libyan and Iraqi regimes because they once offered their oil and trade contracts to Russian, Indian and Chinese corporations.
Russia lost these very regimes and 2 strong Arab allies with the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein and Muamar Qaddafi regime. Having taken stock of such a major loss, Russia is now determined to counter forcefully any US attempts to topple the Syrian and Iranian regimes. Russia won't let Syria or Iran down, as it doesn't want to lose allies in a region important to it.
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Arabian Man

Yes William Cohen ? sums it all ,that US is not in Gulf for oil alone. Having permanent bases in ME, before Russia could wins them over and to shore up support for its ally Israel is another prime reason for US presence in M.E. In politics there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests. If your interests are served, even a dictator, tyrant or despot is welcomed, if your interests are in danger then even Mandela, Mahathir Mohammed & Ahmadinejad are your enemies. This has been the swansong of the US & Europe. P.Musharaf, S.Hussein, H. Mubarak & many such rulers were welcomed & supported by west. These players were not the true representatives of the masses, yet west stuck with them for vested interests while a legally elected govt in Gaza (Hamas) & Iran is disowned & blacklisted. Hypocritical is it not? As long as the west's line is not towed, you are not one among them. Bush's infamous line during US war on terror (sic). "You are either with us or with them, says it all.

khalid Ahmed

USA looking for their interst only so we dont need USA anymore until we be able to cahlaing thim

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