There is little doubt that oil drives America's Mideast policies and the fact that our dependency on their oil is diminishing does not diminish our interest in it. Economically, our trade partners need that oil and without it they would be unable to purchase our goods and services. Bad for us. Politically, much of the Developing and Third Worlds need a stable supply of relatively inexpensive Mideast oil to maintain life (cooking, heating, electricity) and they would be devastated by the loss of it. The results would be disastrous and that's bad for everyone.