Originally Posted by Requiem
The United States went there after Britain was kicked out. Britain was there decades upon decades before WWI/WWII even started. Britain's motivations for being in the Arab world are similar to ours.
You should read up on Haj Amin al-Husseini, his ties to the Axis powers and what the main reasons for their mutual relationship were. Those are the "obvious reasons.
I've read about Haj before. He's a good glimpse at what the alternative to today's middle-eastern power structure could have looked like. The status quo is not perfect by any stretch. And we're not blameless. But as in many other cases of lamenting American involvement, it's important to look at what the realistic
(as opposed to fantasmical) alternatives were.