Wow; this op-ed does more to sober me up from last night than the big breakfast I ate at Ramsey's.
I think the writer is basically right. Even if we leave the Middle East tomorrow we will be back -- things are that bad there now. We'll have to do what we can to prevent terrorism havens from forming, we'll have energy interests, and we'll have to worry about Israel's security.
However, we can do a lot to avoid going back if we became energy independent. To me, that seems like the only way to get some type of permanent redeployment.