- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2012

We are witnessing a macro political upheaval and transformation going in the Greater Middle East, the ultimate amalgamation of a new “United States of Islam.”

The economic underpinning of this new geopolitical zone is oil. The emerging strategic issue is how the United States will address this enlarged political zone, a zone that appears now to be much more homogeneous in political structure and values. The Muslim Brotherhood, which is growing in stature and influence, appears to be a key player in this transformation.

While the final outcome in Syria is still unfolding, it no doubt ultimately will blend in with developments going on elsewhere in the larger region, including a more fundamental and radical form of Islam with an underlying goal of unification into a new caliphate. This emerging political zone will harbor greater challenges for America and Israel.

Nothing could be more helpful than for the United States to undertake a concerted and aggressive development of its own energy resources, particularly oil. This would help get this monkey off the back of America and distance us from the influence of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries while it formulates a new foreign policy for this emerging and unified region.

BOB JACK

North Las Vegas, Nev.