Sorry to burst yours, but we really don’t need Saudi Arabia either. Not when you look at the real reserves the US has (we just aren’t ALLOWED to extract them).
Make no mistake. The islamic fundies want us dead, dead, dead. The only reason we haven’t been hit harder than we have thus far is because we pay, pay, pay for their oil.
Soon, there will come a time when it’s us or them. Are YOU ready for that?
And yes, it is simple. Live or die. A very binary situation.
So you’ll happily let Gazprom and Sinopec replace ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco in Saudi Arabia.
You might have no problem with that, but the power brokers in America wont.
America is a trading nation, understand that. The last time you could comfortably shut out the rest of the World and live happily was 1946.
Oil is fungible, and it doesn’t matter were you drill it from, if the Saudi’s manipulate the prices - it affects everyone.