Nations across the Middle East continue the revolutions of the Arab Spring, from attempts to establish stable democracies in countries like Egypt and Tunisia to continuing armed struggle in Syria. Fellow Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, says the United States should take the opportunity to expand its influence in the region.
US military buildup so far is not part of a larger strategy, so it's not clear what the end game is for the US. That was the same ultimate goal for the administrations of George W. Bush, Obama, and now Trump. The Carl Vinson strike group cannot stay at the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] doorstep indefinitely.