As US oil output rises, the Middle East falls apart

Oil production in the US has surpassed the combined output of Iraq and Kuwait. As self-sufficiency beckons, the rest of the world can no longer rely on the US to protect energy security in the Middle East.

The retreat of the US from the Middle East has led to two civil wars in Syria, and Iraq and, more broadly, the beginnings of some kind of decisive war between the two great sects of Islam: Sunni and Shia.


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