A radical break from the past is desperately needed:
Twenty-nine years ago, President Jimmy Carter adopted the radical and dangerous policy of using military force to ensure U.S. access to Middle Eastern oil. “Let our position be absolutely he clear,” he said in his State of the Union address on January 23, 1980. “An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region [and thereby endanger the flow of oil] will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.”
This principle – known ever since as the Carter Doctrine – led to U.S. involvement in three major wars and now risks further military entanglement in the greater Gulf area. It’s time to repudiate this doctrine and satisfy U.S. energy needs without reliance on military intervention.