The Corner

Oil

Rich, you’re understating your case. The Mideast isn’t important to us just because we use its oil; it’s also important to us because the rest of the world uses its oil. Even if we ran everything on nuclear energy or windmills, as long as the rest of the world was using oil it would still matter who had it.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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