US Geostrategy and the Persian Gulf

I hereby find that the defense of Saudi Arabia is vital to the defense of the United States.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, US President 1933-1945, 19431

We could solve all our economic and political problems by taking over the Arab oil fields [and] bringing in Texans and Oklahomans to operate them.

— Former US Saudi Ambassador, Chris Akins, commenting on an article by Miles Ignotus (pseudonym), "Seizing Arab Oil,"

Harper's Magazine, 19752

The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event — like a new Pearl Harbor.

From an American perspective, the value of such bases [in Iraq] would endure even should Saddam Hussein pass from the scene. Over the long term, Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests in the Gulf as Iraq has. And even should US-Iranian relations improve, retaining forward-based forces in the region would still be an essential element in US security strategy given the longstanding American interests in the region.

— Project for a New American Century (PNAC), "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategies, Forces and Resoaurces for a New Century," 20003

First, for more than seven years the United States is occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of its territories, Arabia, plundering its riches, overwhelming its rulers, humiliating its people, threatening its neighbors, and using its [military] bases in the peninsula as a spearhead to fight against neighboring Islamic peoples.

There is no better proof of all this than their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest of the neighboring Arab states, and their attempt to dismember all of the states of the region, such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia and Egypt and Sudan into petty states, whose division and weakness would ensure the survival of Israel and the continuation of the calamitous Crusader [US] occupation of the lands of Arabia.

— Osama bin Laden, "Declaration of the World Islamic Front for Jihad Against the Jews and the Crusaders," 19984

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