Recently, in an interview with The Washington Post, President Donald Trump has implied that the presence of the US military in the Middle East is connected with the region’s oil.
Trump has repeatedly, on several occasions promoted this idea, causing a strong rebuke from his national security advisers.
The US President was suggestive that the continued presence of the US military in the Middle East would depend on the prices of oil.
Trump asked, “Now are we going to stay in that part of the world?” He then continued, “One reason to stay is Israel. Oil is becoming less and less of a reason because we’re producing more oil now than we’ve ever produced.”
“So, you know, all of a sudden it gets to a point where you don’t have to stay there,” he added.
This year, the United States attained the status of the largest producer of oil in the world after imposing regulations and rebuilding its oil-producing infrastructure, which has been going on since 2011. The state of Texas is at the forefront and may produce more oil than Iran or Iraq soon, which is sure to make the US less reliant on foreign countries for oil.
According to a prediction made by Goldman Sachs, the US will attain the status of being energy independent – with the ability to export more than import – by 2019, and be totally independent by 2021. However, experts have reported that the progress made towards energy independence by the Trump administration has considerably slowed down.
In 2017, in the course of a phone call with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, various sources confirmed that the idea of having Iraq to reimburse the US for the efforts they made during the war was raised by President Trump, proving that he has always linked the military presence of the US in the Middle East to oil.