Yes, there should be a tax that pays for military action to secure oil in the middle east.
Perhaps the oil companies should hire their own army and fight for stable oil sources. Leave the US military out of it. How expensive would oil, and therefore the pump price of gas, be if that were the condition.
I know perfectly well what burden a higher tax on gas would put. My thought is, with gas reflecting its real cost at the pump, other taxes that now pay for the military could be cut and we would all have a better knowledge of what our gas is costing us and we could all make a more informed decision about our priorities as it relates to energy use.
Iraq was next. There are various reasons for this. While not supporters of Al Queda, that I know of, they did in the past sponsor terrorism against our interests and our allies. We already had many of our military assets tied up there and couldn't free them for other uses until we finished it. I concede that wanting to finish off what his father started may have played a role in Iraq getting higher priority than say Iran, which is the bigger threat. However, the fact that Iraq was already using up a lot of assets that may be needed elsewhere probably played a bigger role in the choice.
If it was only about oil, then taking out Iran would of made more sense than Iraq.
Unfortunately, we found out that our forces are ill equipped and trained for the purpose of occupation. Our politicians didn't have any concept of what occupation would actually incur. Things got even more screwed up when we decided to invite NATO in to help rebuild. Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and others have all sponsored terrorism against us, our forces, our interests and our allies. Whether they supported just Al Queda or not was immaterial to the "War on Terrorism", it was targeted at everyone who sponsors terrorist groups and activities.
So, we are not there because of oil, at least not that alone. The real question would be why so many middle-eastern countries sponsor terrorism.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
I went over there and brought home 4 barrels of oil myself. Your welcome.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
I admit, the Islam issue is disturbing. How to deal with a bunch of poor, misguided people is difficult. But we are not dealing with that. It seems to me that the current strategy is to secure the oil and then let the "military industrial complex" benefit from a never ending "war on terrorism."
Kill em all or don't. Stop the unending bull**** effort to avert some unending threat.
Frankly you have caused me to bring out my true feelings about the middle east. S**t or get off the pot.
Gas prices should reflect market value.
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I don't want a punitive tax. I am looking to have oil reflect the real cost to the consumer, rather than try to drive us to alternative sources through punishing use of the best current source of energy.