In early January, escalating tensions between the United States and Iran —brought on by the United States drone strike which resulted in the death of nine people, including Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a powerful security and intelligence commander and longtime leader of Iran's Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force — has once again prompted concerns about a potential war.
The future of U.S-Iranian relations remains uncertain — and this latest conflict represents just part of America's forever war in the Middle East. For the last two decades, we've sent thousands of troops to the Middle East without a clear plan for resolution or exit. Why does the United States keep entering these "forever wars?" Who benefits? Who pays the costs? What are the options, for both Iran and the United States, moving forward?