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Consider energy policy with security

Reader comment on item: [Saudi Arabia:] Not Friend or Foe

Submitted by R.L.Clair (United States), May 19, 2002 at 17:01

It hardly takes the slightest investigation to realize that the Saudis -- in fact, you might as well say all the "OPEC" nations -- would love nothing more than to see the United States crash and burn. This fact causes me to wonder why more Americans do not realize that the U.S. energy policy should in many ways be considered hand in hand with America's security agenda. Granted, immediate changes in security measures must be addressed, like airport security, cooperation between intelligence gathering dep'ts etc, etc. However, all such improvements will be for naught as long as we are dependent upon "good buddies" like the Saudis. For now, I guess we can be thankful that the cold war is over, and that Russia has decided not to play its hand with OPEC... but we better get self-sufficent quick.

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