The US wants to control oil reserves or control nations that surround oil reserves. We try to bribe whichever Arab government is in place in order to get cheap land leases to get the oil out. The only Arab governments that are ever immune to our bribes are those led by the radical religious parties. Thus, we created the "War on Terror" against ourselves without realizing it. Seriously, the US government is really not that smart. We're barbarians who rule by the sword.