reply to post by GLaDOS
The US has no combat troops left in Saudi Arabia.
As of 2003 the US removed almost their entire presence from Saudi bases. By 2011 all US presence was gone, with the exception of the 64th Air
Wiki - US withdrawl for Saudi Arabia
64th Air Expeditionary Group - located at Eskan Village in Saudi Arabia
To respect the Muslim concerns that having such a large American presence on their soil constitued an occupation, and since 2 of the holiest sites of
Islam are present in Saudi, it made matters worse. Ironic that the main stream media ignores that move.
Why you ask?
Because it was one of Osama Bin Ladens demands - that US forces leave Saudi Arabia. The result of that was supposed to be an end of hostilities
between Al Queida and the US. Apparently Al Queida was just joshing with us, because they continued their attacks well after the withdrawal date.
Makes you wonder what other demands they lied about doesnt it?
As far as dumping the dollar, again who cares. Countries are free to do whatever they choose, especially when it comes to their own internal affairs.
There have been countries who dropped their own currencies through the years and adopted the US dollar, only to drop the dollar and go back to the US
As far as gas / oil goes with the newest advances in extraction (with Colorado so far the best place where happy mediums were found between
enviornmental groups and oil / gas exploration / extraction companies - the rest of the US should adopt their standards), and with a down spike in
consumption, the US is actually an exporter of refined gasoline now.
The new tech opens up massive amounts of oil for extraction, with large fields found in the gulf as well as the northern plain states, coupled with
Canadas advances on extraction from their sand flats, places us into a better posituion than we had in the past.
We have slowly pulled our dependance through the years from the Middle East to other sources.
2011 - Us oil imports per day /
Out of the top 10 countries we import oil from -
2. Saudi Arabia
Our imports from Saudi are closely followed by Mexico, and as their industry expands, we can expect a shift from Middle East to those countries like
Russia and China already conduct bi-lateral trade between their countries using their own currenecies instead of Us dollars. Why do people assume the
dropping of the US dollar as a reserve currency is somehow the ned of the world?