There maybe a “withdrawl” taking place in Iraq by the end of this year, which is really the U.S. being kicked out by the Iraqi government, but, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be a large U.S. military presence in the rest of the Middle East.
According to a report by the New York Times news service:
“The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.”
So, as always, whenever we say we are going withdraw from somewhere, it really just means we are going to realign our forces to keep a heavy, strong presence in the region so that our influence doesn’t wane. For example, look at Japan and Germany. World War II ended back in 1945, but, we still have a strong military presence in both countries that may never get permanently reduced.
We will be in the Middle East for a long time coming because of the phantom threat that Iran poses to America’s national interests, or maybe because one day we do get b0red with ourselves and we decide to start another pointless war to satisfy our unusual appetite for military action or to get our military industrial complex make more money arming us with useless weapons that make us feel better about ourselves.
We will never end our military presence in the world until we stop making enemies to go after that “threaten” us somehow despite the fact we spend more on military expenditures than any other country in the world. Let’s hope for rationality coming through on our foreign policy in the near future, otherwise, we are doomed to endless military adventurism.