Ok, you can see that the above word is not supposed to be arse.
Anyway, I am getting tired of the idea that the whole middle east situation is about gas. UGH! When are people going to realize that there are countries in the middle east that we do NOT want to see hurt. I am mostly taking about Israel, who we have pledged BILLIONS of dollars every year in military aid for the past 40 some years and into the future. Mostly this is due to the protectionist feeling we have towards the Jewish people that dwell there because america is an idealist country, seen as the "good guy", that feels somewhat guilty about the holocaust, not to mention the MASSIVE jewish lobby that exists in this country that influences the government.
Sure, I am not such an idealist that I think that its all about the Jewish people, and oil is a factor. However, we still would like to protect those smaller than us.
The US has built itself to be the richest country in the world. We trade with everybody and as that most powerful body, we DO have a duty to protect those less unfortunate than us.
For example, if you were in school and there was a 1-legged 70lb kid who was a senior, would you let everybody beat the crap outta him? I would hope not.
People need to realize that there are others less fortunate and we should protect those people. It is needed, especially in order to keep up the "good guy" image, which guarantee's prosperity for all of us.