OR.....and this is just a thought from a Vietnam vet, why not let some of the European nations that are far more dependent on this oil deal with the situation. Seems like whenever there is a problem, they let the U.S. do all the 'heavy lifting' and paying the expenses while they lend token assistance and reap far more of the benefits. We can assist them with intelligence and let their armed forces do what is necessary for a change and then send them the bill for our services. Unless Iran gets a nuclear capability or directly attacks our military, I would rather not see the U.S. squander more of our servicemen's lives and increase our national debt so Europe can have cheaper fuel prices. The Middle East is a nightmare and it is always much easier to get involved with those crazy zealots than it is to get out of there once we are involved. Iraq and Vietnam should have taught us that lesson.