The US is PLAYING the GAME - Go! We are changing the landscape of those who are friendly and neutral to the US in the Middle East, I believe that is the goal, with a more Democratic Middle East, a reformed Union of Countries will open all new trade possibilities. It's money, isn't it always.
Missing In Chief Obama is going to poor countries to try and talk them into spending what little money they have on expensive US made stuff, when they can buy 20 knock offs from China for the same cost. Good luck with that.
Would I rather get oil from the Middle East of the Americas, I think the Americas makes more sense. Should we investing millions in South American drilling prospective? I think we should start using more of or own Natural Gas, Clean Burning Coal, oil and other technologies - I'm nearly convinced that Solar will Never be practical. Wind is viable and should be exploited - I can see endless cornfields for alternative fuels and the same field loaded with hundreds of windmills. Make multi-use of the resources we have.
But if we gain another "partner" in a new government, that is another friend on the Mediterranean too. We are creating the same foxholes in the Middle East as we have done since Israel. We want ideally "friendly" and will accept "Neutral" countries, but once we invest "aid" anywhere, we have put a quarter down on their pool table, and we expect to play the next game.
I saw on junk pile of his troop's vehicles and I wondered how many missiles did we use just to clear this one small Army cluster. Imagine 8 or 10 missiles at $300K to $1.2 million each.
I think once you have air space contained, it is time for some helicopter support, surely we can loan our UN Committee our weapons of war while we are at it. Jets can see an handle most stuff, but a formation of The range on these missile attached and serious gun rotating machine will do all that is needed after a week by the US who has had lots of practice at Cutting off communications and disabling air fields and equipment in neighboring countries. It is the basics really, but it is amazing how well we can do it, often from hundreds and thousands of miles away.