Zero US oil dependence on gulf region won't end US military presence there

@andygogo (1580)
China
January 3, 2007 10:53pm CST
Zero US oil dependence on gulf region won't end US military presence there It is estimated that an increase of 10 miles per gallon in car fuel consumpton would eliminate total US middle-east crude oil dependence. It is well known that the US has pipeline oil supplies from Alaska, Canada and Mexico as its nearest sources. However, the following question is: US based military presence in the gulf region would then be to just "protect and defend" existing pro-American alliances and facilities and oil reserves against the threat of fundamentalist insurgencies, Iran and counter-terrorist forces? But if not, what is the other reason(s)?
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