Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
Resources have always been a factor if not the actual cause of war. Protecting economic interests have also commonly played a role.

Our real involvement in the Middle-East dates back to the cold war. While the cold war was about stopping Soviet aggression, to do so, we also had to secure and protect resources necessary to our defense. I have no problem with us being in the middle east, just that we are not using our influence to bring about change there and that we don't seem to know how to handle rebuilding countries. For those who want us completely out of the region, it's just not possible without abandoning Israel and causing massive problems to not only our economy but the world economy, upon which we depend.
Resources, including oil, was a large part of Japan's motivation prior to WW2, also.