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Oil, oil and oil

Reader comment on item: White House Nonchalance toward the Middle East

Submitted by E. J. Blumberg (United States), Mar 21, 2006 at 11:15

Dear Dr. Pipes,

The three main concerns regarding the middle east are: oil, oil and oil. When President Nixon signed the executive order enabling the importation of foreign oil he did so because he felt the national economy depended on it. Had he not done so, the U.S. economy would have suffered temporarily but would have been forced to reduce its consumption, develop all potential oil producing sites and find alternate sources of energy and fuels.

Succeeding National policies have all recognized this "oil at all costs" concept and continued to base its middle eastern and global policies on the necessity of maintaining oil importation, instead of recognizing and dealing with the basic problem. Slowly this reality is beginning to dawn but progress is miniscule and powerful economic interests oppose it.

How different would the world look today if we had dealt with the oil problem earlier? middle eastern countries would not be driving our governmental policies, our balance of payments would be much better, Iran would not be attempting to create nuclear weapons and Israel would not be imperiled by well equipped and fanatical forces.

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