Why are we in the Persian Gulf? That's the question that is (or should be) on America's lips. It's a simple question. But the answers coming from Washington have been mostly obtuse and contradictory.
Officially we are there to guarantee the safety of neutral commercial shipping in international waters. But U.S. forces are (at this writing) only committed to protect Kuwaiti oil tankers from Iranian attacks. This despite the fact that Kuwait is allied with Iraq in the seven-year-old gulf war. And it was Iraq that instigated the "tanker war" in the gulf and has done by far the most damage to international shipping there.