The headline appears to be misplaced unless of course, it is felt that the US should have hung around so that all these issues mentioned would not have happened. The author, Dr. Fariborz Saremi is a commentator on TV and radio (German ARD/NDR TV,SAT 1,N24, Voice of America and Radio Israel) on Middle East issues, misses out the fact that the US has merely withdrawn from Iraq, but are very much in the vicinity and have based themselves in Kuwait, which is a safer place than Iraq and hence will not draw adverse reaction from the world as it was drawing owing to the Shia Sunni internecine seesaw and bombing that is raging in Iraq and which could put the US soldiers in harm's way warranting military strong reaction. Nonetheless, the issues that are mentioned are pertinent to indicate how the Middle East is gearing up for disaster. The age old historical religious or sectarian divide between the Muslims i.e. Shia Sunni is once again ready to be unleashed to the detriment of the people of the region and the stability of the world. It is believed that the Saudis are also embarking on a nuclear quest to balance Iran. Therefore, is it necessary for the US to be around the area to maintain harmony amongst the near belligerents? What is the guarantee that other superpowers (nearly) will not muck in to queer the pitch further? It is believed that a Russian carrier has entered Syria and Assad has refused to step down while the US, French and the British military assets are home into this area.