Richard Nixon on Energy & Oil
President of the U.S., 1968-1974
It is essential the US have base facilities so located as to enable us to project our power convincingly into the area, and to respond swiftly to sudden threats. We also need to assure access to bases in Western Europe that could be used to facilitate airlift and sealift operations between the US, and the Persian Gulf. And then, when we do project power, we must do so resolutely.
Above all, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and other key states must be unequivocally reassured that should they be threatened by revolutionary forces, either internally or externally, the US will stand strongly with them so that they will not suffer the same fate as the Shah.
The goal of my energy policy--which I named Project Independence--was in the long run, to stimulate the production of energy from renewable sources such as nuclear power, and, in the short run, to cut back our dependency on unreliable foreign suppliers of oil. The United States is uniquely qualified to do these things. Ill-considered government policies, however, have had the opposite effect; they have actually increased our dependence on foreign oil.
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