Israel is our friend and ally. India is our friend and ally. Virtually every country adjacent to either one of these two friendly nations is one of our enemies, although some of them pretend otherwise so that we will send them money. And for some countries, like Egypt, American tourists are a significant portion of their economy, while other countries in the area, especially Jordan, could easily become major tourist centers if the region can stabilize and stop whining about Israel.
We need oil, which some of the mideast states have in abundance. That's why we suck up to them despite their abhorrent regimes and religious practices. It would be simpler and more honest for us to simply take over the oil-producing parts of those countries, which aren't particularly large, hire the Texas-Mexico Border Wall Co. to fence them off, along with the refineries, pumping stations and ports, and heave "royalty' money over the fence every couple of months.
If the Arabs and Persians and Libyans and Pakistanis and the rest want to whine and complain, fine. Maybe they'll have demonstrations and burn American flags and call us imperialists. BFD. They already do that.
Like Nicky "Big Mac" Iavelli and Henry "Kiss" Singer, I believe nations have interests, not friends. And maintaining a steady flow of oil out of the mideast is in our interest. Even if we elect a substantial Democratic majority in Congress this year, so that we can regulate domestic oil and natural gas drilling enough to keep it from being a major contamination problem, we are still better off controlling the mideast oil supply than we are if we DON'T control it.
As with all such situations, realpolitik is not always popular. But in the end, it is the best foreign policy guiding force there is. So let's do it! We can, you know -- and whatever it costs us to control the mideast's oil, it will surely be less than we spend now on military actions that are doomed to fail.