If it weren’t for oil, our military presence would not be necessary.
I say this as a Ten Year Military Vet, Logistics Subject Matter Expert, Author of a book on Afghanistan and a person who has spent the last decade in/arnd & studying the Middle East & Central Asia and American Strategy/Foreign Policy.
If our addiction to oil could be kicked, we would not need a military presence in the Gulf.
If we could kick that addiction to oil, we could nix our relationship with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the origin of 90% of Islamic Terrorism. ISIS and al Qaeda are funded by Saudi Arabia.
Imagine if we funded Hemp Farms. Hemp could replace much of the petroleum industry in so far as plastics and such are concerned.
Imagine solar power being the source for all Federal and State Agencies as well as Home Electricity. Supplement that with Gas & Oil that is produced in America.
There are also immense energy production capabilities from our rivers, wind, the ocean currents, etc.
We could halve (at least) our dependence on fossil fuels if we would be smart about it.
Halve our oil dependence and we do not need any outside oil resources.
Also, it is not oil which necessitates our large military. It is the “petrodollar.” You should look that up if you don’t know what it means.