“Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region 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.”
—Jimmy Carter, state of the union address, Jan. 23, 1980
The scarcity of oil has been an serious binding point in the economic stability of the United States. While the 2000s were not the first time our country had to establish control to secure oil interest it heavily influenced the activities and decisions of our nations leaders.
Alan Greenspan and Chuck Hagel are both quoted admitting continued military actions in the region is largely due to oil. Without it the nation would come to a stand still as we saw in the oil shortage under the Carter administration. Iraq was not opened to western markets before the invasion and after Suddam Hussein was removed from power the large American Firms established market control over the supply. Including Halliburton, which Vice President Dick Cheney had interest in during his tenure.