Take a look at a map of the Middle East through a military mind, and take note of the countries that border Iraq and Afghanistan, see a pattern? America is now within striking distance of modern day threats to global stability and progress. Politics aside, while controversial, the Bush administration’s strategies along with the American troops, Military technologies, and intelligence agencies have secured the Middle East for future generations to come; We now have the capability to protect American interests over the Middle East like never before.
Historically, America’s policy since WWII seems to be associated with establishing long-term preventive and proactive measures to quickly gain control over an area which previously presented a global thread. This pattern can be seen by examining the current military presence in Japan, Germany, Philippines, and in more recent decades the American footprints in Panama, Columbia, and of course Iraq and Afghanistan…It is without doubt that once the United States defeats an enemy they ensure it never rises to power again and that other countries within their “bullying” reach aren’t opressed by a new regime. Take Germany for instance, our military presence is likely strategic with the intent to ensure that it never again raises the hell it did in the 1940s. Similarly, the presence in Japan will ensure it never raises Naval capabilities powerful enough to strike across oceans; Fast forward to modern days, and the same American military presence within Japan now keeps the North Korean Regime in check and within striking distance.
Considering the post-war American patterns of long-term preemptive positioning of American forces to modern day global threats in the Middle East regions and Afghanistan and Iraq strategically fall within the criteria described above.
Both countries posses regional advantages to keep Americans safe by having a military presence within striking distance of any threat both abroad and domestically, not to mention, the on-going fights to keep them from deploying the terrorists to the homeland as Bin Laden did on 9/11…From on the ground intelligence gathering, to retaliatory or defensive positions against potential threats such as Iran, America now has full control of the region, 20 years ago, did anyone envision that Afghanistan would be the safe-haven for a raid on Bin Laden outside of its borders? Or that Iraq would come under such accurate control that we have finally taken out Iranian General Soleimani who so casually decided to cruise out of BIAP into route Irish?…Ironically, Bin Laden and Soleimani themselves created that safe-haven for American troops and intelligence assets. Their efforts were launched with the intent for Americans to abandon the region, instead, we now occupy and control it.