Everything is relative.
If it bleeds it leads!
Stability in the Mideast is our primary mission because our/world economic stability is our interest.
A stable Iraq balances out Iran. Pakistan keeps India in check. Israel ....I could go on.
If the Mideast goes to hell in a hand basket, oil will see new highs that make $150/barrel seem cheap.
Over 60% of our oil is imported.
Look at the cost/benefit ratio, $10 billion/month by the gallons imported.
For November 2005, oil imports cost the US $24 billion, and amounted to more than one-third of the trade deficit.http://www.gravmag.com/oil.html
330 million barrels/month at $100/barrel make $30 billion/month for oil imports, mostly to nations who only like us for our cash.
42 gallons to a barrel, 13,860,000,000/gallons, less than a buck a gallon for the $10 billion a month for the military that keeps the oil flowing.
Yes, I know gas is only about 20% of the barrel. You consume the rest indirectly.
Do you think oil would go up more than $40/barrel if the us military pulled out totally.
The $10 billion does not go away if we pull out of Iraq. The troops still get paid. Food, fuel and guns still need to be purchased.
There are some avoided cost to the withdrawal but not the whole $10 billion.
Until we generate 100% of our energy needs within our borders from whatever means, we will need to project our power to protect our interests.
Those interests include oil and the free movement of the oil.
Not only for us but for our friends around the world.
I do not care who does it but market forces work if government subsidies are eliminated.
If anyone is concerned about the number of military KIA you should be outraged by the number of DWI deaths in this country.
Yes, I support the military 100%. Every job has fatalities, it is a sad fact of life, deal with it.
Thank god we have men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line every day to protect our way of life.
In 2000, 40 percent of highway accident deaths involved alcohol (16,653 of the 41,812 total deaths)http://www.councilonalcoholism.net/DWI.htm
Do not get me started on the corn/ethanol fiasco.
The hemp/fallowed land issue is another fuel/subsidy issue.
It is like a junkie and the dealer.
Cleanup the junkie and the dealer has no power over him/her/us.
When common sense and practicality prevail we all will win!