Hey moron... If there weren't any oil companies operating for profit, how the fuck would you get around? It wouldn't be in a car using gas. How would food and supplies arrive at your favorite store? Again... not with trucks using fuel. How would plastic be made? How would homes be heated? How would airplanes fly? All of this REQUIRES oil companies operating for profit. In addition... Every ounce of oil we get from the middle east is paid for. The oil companies are there because they signed a contract with the governments there to come in and do their thing. We have no oil companies present in any country that doesn't want us there. Oil is the only product they have to sell. If it weren't for American industrialization and our need for oil, you would be here whining your silly liberal head off about the starving Arabs who needed our benevolence. You refuse to allow us to drill for our own oil here. Even though China is in the Gulf of Mexico pumping it out as fast as they can. Russia is side-drilling into the ANWR reserves... we can't drill there because you are concerned about the caribou. And NOW you don't want them to drill in the middle east because you believe terrorists who have lied to you and said they are mad because we are there. You're a simple-minded idiot... that's the problem here.