Naval War College Review


James R. Kurth


Recent events have provided both an opportunity and a necessity to reexamine some of the basic perceptions and assumptions underlying the policies of the United States toward the Middle East. The collapse of the Reagan administration's policy in Lebanon revealed grave errors in the way US policy makers perceived the policies of that hapless Middle Eastern country, rather like the collapse of the Carter administration’s policy in Iran earlier revealed similar errors about the politics of that apparently solid Middle Eastern ally.