The US has engaged in several military conflicts in the middle east to stablilize oil production. The reasons for the conflicts in this region are disruptions to the world wide energy needs and the US has decided to dedicate a large amount of money and lives to the protection of these sources of oil.
Should the cost of gas at the pump more directly reflect this burden that the American tax payer is taking? Meaning, should there be a greater tax on gasoline to offset the costs of these military actions?
I know that some would like to argue about the reasons for these military actions, but I find it rather ridiculous to do so. If America is fighting in the middle east for the good of democracy, why would they ignore so many places that do not have oil but have humanitarian needs that are at least as urgent as they are in this region?