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Old 09-20-2019, 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Corry El View Post
Anyway that number still being for the moment slight net imports is not the reason there's such a big potential downside to the US ignoring the world oil market, and specifically ignoring its long term implicit commitment to protect Gulf oil flows.
True. While the United States is relatively independent of Saudi oil, we have allies that are not. Our oil production is not projected to reach a level where we can supply oil to Japan, South Korea, China, or Europe. If Saudi oil is cut off, those regions are going to have to turn more heavily to places like Iran or Russia, which would have bad consequences for our foreign policy interests.

But I stick with what I've said; I don't see this as a vital American interest. If there's a response needed, we should be acting as part of a much wider international coalition.

Last edited by Little Nemo; 09-20-2019 at 12:23 AM.