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Friday, May 20, 2016

Mideast myopia The United States continues to invest too much in the region

Mideast myopia

The United States continues to invest too much in the region

May 18, 2016 | http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2016/05/18/Mideast-myopia/stories/201605140028
Much has been made of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy “pivot to Asia,” which implies a pivot away from the Middle East, which has not happened. There was a time when America’s energy needs forced us to pay a lot of attention to the Middle East.  Much of the oil and natural gas that made U.S. industries run came from Saudi Arabia, thus obliging America to pay close attention to what happened there.  We  were forced to be concerned that nothing interrupt our fuel imports.
That is no longer the case.  America’s oil and gas comes increasingly from the United States itself, or from Canada and Mexico, or from other petroleum-producing countries in South America, Europe or Africa. http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2016/05/18/Mideast-myopia/stories/201605140028

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