Securing the flow of affordable oil is a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East policy.
Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Islamism is viewed as a force that undermines the Middle East peace process, threatens the flow of oil, and leads to the establishment of Iranian-style regimes in the region.
Washington's goals in the Middle East involve support for Israel, assuring oil flow, and ensuring political stability for economic growth.
The special nature of the U.S.-Israel alliance has resulted in special protection of and impunity for Israel in international arenas.
When Saddam Hussein ordered his tanks and more than 40,000 troops into the Kurdish city of Irbil on August 31, 1996, he offered President Clinton an apparent "win-win," election-season opportunity.