Another article, this one from Reuters, that signifies decreasing American influence in the Middle East.
There is no doubt America wants to rid itself of some of its Middle East burden – heavy is the head that wears the crown, and all that. The important question is not why America is doing so, but who will take up the mantle? Currently it’s Russia and Iran leading the way. America needs to ask itself, will the benefits that accrue from vacating the field outweigh the costs associated with America’s enemies becoming regional leaders?