Where Does U.S. Oil Come From?
Saudi Arabia 12%
Equatorial Guinea 1%
I've read a lot of articles describing the war in Iraq as a war for oil and the United State's attempt to control Middle Eastern oil, but I'm starting to rethink my support for that premise. Although relations with Saudi Arabia have been strained since 9-11, when the US enacted the Patriot Act with strict terrorist financing regulations, causing many countries to move their money outside of US banks and then tensions also arose with Saudi Arabai, from President Bush's recent speeches stating the intent to get off of oil from the Middle East. No matter how myopic the vision of the current administration may be, it just doesn't add up for me that we would start a war in Iraq to take over their oil when Iraq is such a small current and future player in the oil.
Now after looking at the above list, if we had decided to invade a few countries in Africa, then maybe that theory might make sense. Do I think our presence in Iraq is part of strategic military positioning in our backwards and juvenile thinking that we can police the rest of the world, yes. Do I think Venezuala should really be concerned about a US military threat? Yes. Do I think that in the future, the U.S. is above waging war with any and everyone for the last scraps of oil left on the planet...no. I guess I just don't think we're they're yet...and that we're missing the main point by strictly focusing on the Middle East...especially since we get our oil from many other conflict -rich areas of the world.
Kind of just looking at the numbers and thinking out loud on this one...and I haven't writtend in awhile, so hopefully some of the above made sense.