UNITED STATES IMPORTS 45 PERCENT OF ITS OIL FROM THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
As the gas prices across the United States hit record high levels, I am not concerned about the United States’ dependence upon oil from the Middle East. If the United States is not willing to buy its oil from the Middle East, China is in a position to gobble it up. The position of the United States as a global superpower is dependent upon its level of oil consumption. If and when China steps in to dominate the oil market, it would proportionately increase its military supremacy and we would witness the Chinese war ships patrolling the Persian Gulf.
United States may forego its need for Middle East oil, but could it step back from its role to provide peace and stability in that region ???
Dr. R. Rudra Narasimham, B.Sc., M.B.B.S.,
Ex – Number XSCO – 324 CAPTAIN/NAQEEB FORCE MEDICAL SERVICES
Headquarters Sultanate of Oman’s Land Forces,
Muaskar Al Murtafaa, MAM, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.