That competition in the middle east will determine who can build the world's tallest building for all the world to see.
Some time back Dredd Blog highlighted what the U.S. press does not tend to let the public know, especially when more and more is being plundered from the American middle class and poor to support middle east wars for oil:
Who rules the nation that has the largest man made harbor on earth and the busiest U.S. Navy port of call?(Islamic Ruler of Dubai). The answer to those questions, at the moment, is of course "Mohammed".
Who rules the nation that was given permission to take over a military hardware producing U.S. company?
Who rules the nation that has the tallest building on earth?
Who rules the nation that has the largest airport in the world?
Who rules the nation that received billions of U.S. taxpayer money in the TARP bailout?
Who rules the nation that has the headquarters for Dick Cheney's company Halliburton?
Who rules the nation where AIG did a lot of shady business?
Who rules the nation that would have ruled over U.S. ports if Bush II had his way?
Who rules the nation that has luxurious villas purchased by U.S. taxpayer dollars, gushing from the U.S. Treasury into Afghanistan, then to this ruler's realm?
The answer to the question "who will build the next world's highest building?", however, is Saudi Arabia, who will now overtake Dubai in that department.
Meanwhile back in "the richest nation in the world" the government is taking benefits from the populace, giving tax cuts to the 1% wealthiest "Americans", and misplacing the largest infrastructure bill/money in history.