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Who Said it Quiz

Posted by David Keelan on Wednesday, December 13, 2006

“Let our position be absolutely clear:  An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.”

  • Harry Truman
  • Richard Nixon
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Jimmy Carter
  • Ronald Reagan
  • James Baker
  • Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • George W. Bush

What does this mean as setting precedent for US foreign policy regarding the Persian Gulf region?

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4 Responses to “Who Said it Quiz”

  1. Freemarket said

    I am not sure if it is Ken Ulman or Jimmy Carter.

  2. Both Carter and Truman — and in some variation probably all presidents in between — of course truman was trying to keep the soviets from casting a wider net — and now we are looking at other threats.

    The point that the persian gulf is important to the US is not new and well taken. Anyone who atacks or threatens the persian gulf probably does have a bead on the US.

    All those things are true. No argument.

    Do you think it might be time to really try to make the Persian Gulf insignificant? By developing other sustainable energy sources, for instance. Adapting our lifestyles, and other revolutionary alternatives to remaining dependent on middle eastern oil?

    Obviously we need to protect our interests in the mean time— but I believe we should be putting serious energy into eliminating this bond — or is it bond-age?

    Cindy Vaillancourt

  3. hocoterp said

    To respond to Cindy –

    Independence from middle eastern oil will not make the Persian Gulf insignificant. Reducing our reliance on oil from the middle east will reduce the significance of the region by a certain amount, but there are too many factors at play in the region for it to become insignificant. The most important of these being terrorism, Iran becoming a nuclear power, and the Israeli-Palestinian/Arab conflict.

    To put it another way, developing sustainable energy reduces the economic significance of the Gulf region, but given the current situation in Iran, Iraq, and the region as a whole, there are still security threats that are of significance. If you decrease the economic significance of the region and reduce the threat the region poses to US (& world) security, then the Middle East as a region is on par with South America.

    You can decide for yourself if that makes the Persian Gulf insiginificant.

  4. Good points — it is unlikely that any part of the world will ever be completely insignificant. I was being very myopic, and you are quite right. I would, however, prefer to be concerned, but independent.
    Cindy V.

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