dominating in the middle east? the british and french. they left, or were pushed out, after world war ii. who replaced them? we did. with whom did we have the best relationships there? with iran, turkey, a faithful nato ally from the very moment of their founding, practically. with saudi arabia, the source of oil for us. in different ways, in all cases, it was pretty good. particularly with egypt, it is more mixed. first of all, the global political awakening is taken place in -- taking place in the least.