America's Core Middle East Interests Are Already Secure

President Barack Obama waves as he departs King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh​. Flickr/The White House.

More U.S. troops would make things worse. 

Issue: July-August 2016

RECENT PRESIDENTS of both parties have agreed that the United States has vital interests in the Middle East. But the region has become extraordinarily turbulent. Civil wars rage in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, where central authority and state structures have broken apart. Various regional powers are intervening in these wars, many of which serve as proxy contests between Iran and Saudi Arabia. America is fighting a war against ISIS in Iraq, Syria and, increasingly, Libya. Russia has intervened in the Syrian Civil War.

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