The United States has been involved in the Middle East for almost one hundred years because of the vast oil reserves there, and the US has been militarily involved since 1967, when the US began supplying Israel with weapons with which to defend itself. However, the US has only been involved in the “quagmire” of Middle East wars since 2001.
The failed US policy in the Middle East began with the US’s bombing, sanctioning and then invasion of Iraq, which was based on false information about Iraq’s development of nuclear weapons. The forged information most probably was given by a neo-conservative with ties to Italian and Israeli intelligence, Michael Ladeen, to Italian intelligence, who gave it to US intelligence, caused the US to invade without justification another sovereign country. George H. Bush merely bombed Iraq and imposed sanctions that killed a million people, half of them children. Osama Bin Laden’s 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center that killed 2,996 people was retaliation for those killings and for the US’s supplying Israel with F 15’s, F 16’s and other weapons that were used to attack Palestinian refugee camps. Thus the Israeli- motivated attack on Iraq and the US’s funding of Israeli aggression against Palestinians resulted in great harm to US citizens in the US.