Officers from the 1st Platoon, 1-64 Armored Batallion of the U.S. Army and Afghan National Army on joint patrol near the Morghan-Khecha village in Kandahar province, Sept. 8, 2012. (AFP/Getty)

What will the Middle East look like in 2016? What will become of Iran, Israel, and the United States as outsized presences in the region? Today on Tablet, Lee Smith has some ideas.

Check out his dispatch from 2016 in which Marco Rubio is a leading Republican presidential contender, John Kerry is secretary of state, and the United States is pulling out of Saudi Arabia.