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America Is Losing In The Middle East

America Is Losing In The Middle East
Posted: January 27, 2020 at 8:24 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Middle East is becoming a lost cause for the United States. The Iraq war, Afghanistan war, and sending troops into Syria has cost the United Staes trillions of dollars and manpower. Recently, there are new tensions between America and Iran. The questions that need to be asked is invading Iran rebalance America’s position in the Middle East, and if it doesn’t, then what will be America’s position in the Middle East?

Currently, the United States is being pushed out of Afghanistan. As a result, the Taliban would win against the United States and no more US bases close to Iranian homeland. The same situation is happening in Iraq. The Iraqi government has voted to remove all US troops from Iraq. As a result, if US troops are removed, then there are no US bases close to Iran. Iran is slowing pushing US influence away from its borders. America was also being slowly pushed out of Syria but still controlling oil fields in the Deir el-Zour province. However, if all US forces are pushed out of Iraq, then it will be hard to supply the 2,000 US troops remaining in Syria or cut one path to supply US troops.

Many Iranian proxy groups are in Iraq, Yemen, Gaze, Syria, Lebanon, and other nations. The goal of Iran is to push out America out of the region. Iran is slowly achieving that goal by funding proxy groups, such as Hezbollah. With US troops withdrawing from Syria, being pushed out of Afghanistan and Iraq. If the United States does invade Iran, then the goal is to remove the government for a pro-American stance, eliminate financial support to these proxy groups, and to regain influence in Iraq, Syria, and any country where Iran has influence.

However, what happens if America does not take military action against Iran. America will still have influence, but it will not be as strong. American influence will be lost in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries in the Middle East. For example, Saudi Arabia could be next on the list since Iran recently attacked Abqaiq oil processing facility and Khurais oil field. Saudi Arabia also is losing the war in Yemen, which Iran backs. Iran will continue to try to remove America out of the regain along with its allies.

In the end, the United States is losing influence in the Middle East slowly. The Iranian government will continue to push the United States and it’s allies out of the Middle East. However, the United States government might take military action against Iran to change the government and stop funding to Iranian proxies to restore America’s influence in the Middle East. On the other hand, an invasion of Iran can make America struck in another quagmire in the Middle East, which can make the American position much worse if an Iranian-American war is prolonged.

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