ELI5, Can the US ever leave the Middle East alone?


I know this is going to require a lengthy history lesson and I apologize for that. With the rising tensions between US and Iran, I always wondered why we it seems we are always involved in conflict with Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia…is it all about oil? Land? Is it possible to ever leave the Middle East alone?


There is a large Jewish population in New York and other areas which can sometimes decide the Presidential race. In addition to this America is always concerned about oil supply from the Middle East. If America ever weans itself off oil they may become less involved in the Middle East.

Could they?: Yes. They could. But they would lose power and influence, and it would damage their economical interests as well. They would lose their position on the global field.

Will they?: obviously not. See above.

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