Damned if we do; damned if we don't.
Mornin' Pos. Well Al Qaida is currently trying to negotiate the hostages they have. I also think.....they too have a woman.
To pull completely out of the ME.....we would have to have a different mind set when it comes to resources. As well as not ever needing anything from there. Might be feasible if there was never any reason to have interests pertaining to that Region.
That's not what I am hearing.....all due to fracking. Mining resources from Space. Some think the US will be independent of ME oil in less than a decade. How they looking on gold? We might be needing plenty of it for Space exploration and or establishing bases.
Still there are Allies to consider. Israel, Egypt, and the Kurds.
It's better if we don't pay these types of ransoms. Ever. If we did, we'd just turn the taking of American hostages into a business and end up financing Isis with it. I also don't think there's really much we can do to stop these killings either. We just have to remember that far more Americans die from car accidents then will ever be killed by Isis.