The implications of America on a path of self-reliance attempting to reduce reliance on Middle East oil.

President Obama’s visit to Israel demonstrates the new strategy that the US has adopted in recent years, which includes a certain realignment. The process will continue over many years, and ultimately the US will minimize its dependence on energy sources from other parts of the world and reduce its policing role in resolving strategic issues abroad, sometimes by the use of military force.

A decreased need for Middle East oil, which will be dramatic in the medium term, also lessens American interest in oil supplies from the Far East. And the reduction in dependence on the Middle East likewise diminishes interest in Israel and the Palestinians. There is still a need for “outposts” – like Israel – during the realignment process to secure retreating US forces, but nothing more than that.