For the first century and more of American national life, the Persian Gulf region, far away, protected by unfavorable winds and offering little commercial promise, was of small interest to the United States.
Field, James A. Jr.
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Naval War College Review: Vol. 46
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol46/iss4/10