We have a massive military presence in the gulf to secure our national energy interests, yet we only import only 18% of our oil from there. If we recalled all forces, would the simple savings translate into the same amount of $$ the govt would subsidize at the pumps to keep the same cost per gallon? The DOD spends $20B/yr in air conditioning in the CENTCOM AOR alone. WIth those numbers, has anyone looked if the cost of the military to stabilize the region is worth that 18%?
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