Middle East Notes and Comment: A Question of Commitment
November 22, 2010
The Middle East concern is not one of U.S. capability. There is no alternative superpower in the wings, nor a regional power that threatens to displace the United States from its privileged position. In a region that sees itself as both vulnerable and weak, the United States remains a vital part of the stable order.
Instead, the concern is one of U.S. intention and commitment. Put another way, the question is not what the United States can do, but instead what it will do. In this regard, the tests are myriad, and many see the results as lacking.