“Let me take this opportunity to outline what has been U.S. policy toward the Middle East and North Africa and what will be my policy during the remainder of my presidency.
‘The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure our core interests in the region. We will confront external aggression against our allies and partners, as we did in the Gulf War.
“We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world. Although America is steadily reducing our own dependence on imported oil, the world still depends on the region’s energy supply and a severe disruption could destabilize the entire global economy.”
— President Barack Obama, address at the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 24, 2013.
The image above by American artist John Sloan (August 2, 1871 – September 7, 1951), first appeared in the September 1914 edition of The Masses, for which he served as art editor from 1912 – 1916. During this period, Sloan was an avowed Socialist, and even ran as the Socialist Party candidate for the New York State Assembly. He later disavowed the party. In an era when the romantic influence of European art was still very much in fashion, Sloan’s drawings, etchings and paintings depicted the everyday lives of people, particularly in New York City. Because of his realistic style and subjects, he was considered part of the Ashcan School of Art, a term he disliked. Others included Robert Henri and George Luks. More on Sloan and his work at John Sloan’s New York.