Don’t Take the Oil: Time to Ditch the Carter Doctrine

Thirty-seven years ago, President Jimmy Carter addressed the nation at a joint session of Congress to issue a stern warning to the Soviet Union. The warning established what is known as the Carter Doctrine, which designates the Persian Gulf as a vital national interest of the United States. This doctrine has continued, virtually without change, to dominate U.S. foreign policy—yet the geopolitical conditions and global energy fundamentals have changed dramatically.