The USA projects power in many ways. Military deployments are one way to support and communicate to our allies and adversaries our intentions,commitments,encouragement and discouragement. The USA is clearly actively engaged in the Middle East.While we have communicated our intent not to engage in wars of regime change and nation building we are and will continue to be a significant stabilizing presence. President’s Trumps call for NATO commitment and NATO’s response speaks volumes. In the near term the People of Iran know the US will be there if they need us to stabilize a dangerous situation in Iran.