The US Has Never Been “Dragged” Into the Middle East

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“Hal Brands repeats a very popular lie about U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East: ‘Every recent president gets their Middle Eastern war, whether they want it or not. … Even presidents who wanted nothing more than to escape the Middle East were, almost ineluctably, dragged back in. Now it’s Joe Biden’s turn.’ Every time that the U.S. has involved itself in wars in the Middle East, it has done so by choice. … Brands claims that ‘the Middle East remains far too important to be ignored, and far too unsettled to sort itself out.’ As far as the U.S. is concerned, the first part is nonsense. The second part is a self-serving lie that hegemonists tell themselves to justify causing widespread suffering, displacement, and death in the name of ‘sorting out’ the problems of other countries.” (02/04/24)