The United States and the Middle East

Hahn, Peter L.
May 2006
OAH Magazine of History;May2006, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p5
The article discusses the relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East. Tensions have emerged between them since the September 11, 2001 attacks that allegedly organized by the al-Qaeda terrorist network on the U.S., which had a lasting impact on the psyche of the American people and thus, triggering U.S. military action in Afghanistan. It led to the decision of U.S. President George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003, which was marred with criticisms because although victorious, the adequate cause of war was not established. History states that the U.S. had only been involved with the Middle East in 1945 due to the Cold War after recognizing that maintaining a relationship with the region would be instrumental in its economy. The support of the U.S. for Israel however, ignited problems.


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