Defeating the Oil Weapon
THE WEALTH produced by oil is what underlies, almost exclusively, the strength of three major groups in the Middle East–Islamists, both Shiite and Sunni, and Baathists–that have chosen to be at war with us. Our own dependence on that oil, and the effect this has had on our conduct over the last quarter-century, have helped encourage each of these groups to believe that we are vulnerable. Each group is anchored in a leading oil-producing state.
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