The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) has been in the public
eye for over a decade as a result of the conflicts in the Middle East and
persists due to the perceived or real interventions in both Iran and Syria.
According to OhMyGov Analytics, US CENTCOM Twitter
mentions have grown 167 percent. The greatest volume of mentions was on the anniversary of D-Day,
the same day Marine personnel, in concert with the Royal Jordanian Army, Brunei
Special Forces and other groups conducted a multinational
exercise, paralleling the situation in Syria in what
could become the United States first peacekeeping operation in the Middle East
since Marines last occupied neighboring Lebanon in the 1980s.
If the United States does becomes involved in Syria, the situation
will most likely be a repeat of the 1982 multinational
peacekeeping in Lebanon, putting the US in the center of a multi-nation ethnic
dispute that saw Christians, Druze, Sunnis and Shias acting as proxies for
the Iranians, Syrians, Israelis and others.
Sound familiar? Well the chatter on the Internet suggests that the United States is
gearing up to insert itself into the region again.
According to the Palm-Beach
Post, both President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu are struggling to come up with contingency plans just in case
intervention in one country complicates negotiations with the other--as if the
Middle East isn't already complicated to begin with.