The Middle East is stack full of dictators. Some of these dictators are favored by the United States government. Some are not. None of them rank highly in terms of political and economic freedoms. Americans are taxed to supply many of these distasteful dictatorships with billions of dollars of aid. With the single exception of Israel, the Middle Eastern street majorities express hatred mixed with contempt for the U.S. government. So why not withdraw completely from all meddling in the region, save for a mutual defence treaty with Israel, eliminate all aid to the Middle East, and simply stand committed to free trade with all Middle Eastern nations (other than for military materiel)?
Oh, yes! And why not send out an unequivocal signal that any significant attack on U.S. properties world -wide will invoke an automatic military response equivalent in scale and nature targeted directly onto government buildings in the capital city of any country identified as the geographical source of that attack, without discrimination of any kind?
Oil, some of you may mention? We cannot survive without oil imports. If that is so, then we have little to fear. Countries dependent on oil revenues and bereft of U.S. aid, will surely trade oil on world markets. The U.S. will not be embargoed if it does not meddle. And the U.S. will not be embargoed, if trade with the U.S. is the only way to secure U.S. dollars.
With such policies in place, United States citizens would be much safer, and much richer. The onus would lie entirely on those who reside in the Middle East to manage their own affairs. If they continue to tolerate vicious dictatorships then the responsibility is their’s and their’s alone, as it should be in a rational world.