Don’t be fooled by the much proclaimed “energy independence” of the U.S. While the country’s oil dependence on the Middle East may have lessened in recent years, the interests of U.S. multi-national oil corporations are still considerable there and the smooth functioning of the global economy are dependent on the uninterrupted supply of oil from this region of the world.

What is more, control of this region gives U.S. imperialism a major leg up — politically and militarily as well as economically — in its strategic competition with China, Russia, and the European Union for global dominance.