The Middle East Explained by Richard Parker Robison
Answering the Critical Questions On America's Middle East Challenge

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Enchantingly beautiful, the Middle East is like a mysteriously veiled woman, yet fortunately for us her raven eyes are visible, a window to her soul. Umm Idduniya, the "Mother of the World," the Middle East is at the center of each of us, whether we recognize it or not.Yet, for political reasons I suspect, our national leaders appear to believe the average American is unwilling to understand the true extent of America's role there. For example, the U.S. Administration refuses to utter the "O" word. Any discussion of oil or oil politics is absolutely forbidden. In the process, we are being told precious little of America's true Mideast equities and the strategic power of this oil...perhaps because our leaders fear we are not yet ready for the truth?I resent the premise. Therefore, from well-placed sources what follows are the 24 KEY QUESTIONS Americans should be asking about our role and purpose in the Middle East, and the seldom explored answers.What are the Six Principal Reasons the United States invaded Iraq? Chapter 1 leaps at that question with both feet. What specific threats are Muslim fanatics making against America? Why isn't the media accurately reporting those threats? That question illuminated in Chapter 5.Why is it impossible to understand the strategic importance of the region without considering the "China Card"? How does China magnify the threat rushing at us from the Islamic Republic of Iran? And finally: What is the endgame? How do we finish terrorism once and for all?Obviously the stakes are high. But there is hope, a hope shining from the eyes of a half-a-billion young Muslims from Marrakech to Bangladesh. America and the world's long-term security, peace, and prosperity are now riveted firmly to the future of the Middle East. Success is in our hands. God help us if we fail.

About Richard Parker Robison

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Richard Robison is President of The Mideast Source, Inc. ( He has worked in, and written on, the Middle East for over two decades. During the 1980s and early ‘90s he worked for the U.S. Foreign Service, stationed in Persian Gulf Nations during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88), also assigned to Washington, D.C. for two years during this period. Later, during Gulf War I (1990-91) he served in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1991 he assisted the Central Intelligence Agency’s Gulf War Task Force. Following the Gulf War (1991), Mr. Robison resigned from the government, returning to the Persian Gulf a private citizen to direct U.S. companies rebuilding Kuwait. A popular speaker at conventions, on talk shows, at universities, and before professional organizations while promoting his private consulting services and his books, writings, and audio visual products on the Middle East. Mr. Robison is also the author of THE MIDDLE EAST WAR PROCESS: The Truth Behind America’s Middle East Challenge, a Book of Answers (AuthorHouse Publishers,, March 2003). In the 1970s, Mr. Robison earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle East Anthropology, and later a Master’s Degree in the Arabic Language and Middle East Area Studies. He attended the American University In Cairo, Egypt on a FLAS Scholarship. He now assists American companies rebuilding Iraq, and writing and speaking on America’s Middle East challenge. The insights he offers are unique, firmly grounded from decades on the inside of Mideast culture, as well as representing corporate America operating abroad. His perspective, more importantly discernment and instinct, was molded working for the U.S. Government in the Middle East and elsewhere. His unique window on the world provides valuable knowledge for all Americans at this critical time.  
Published October 19, 2005 by AuthorHouse. 326 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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