The hijacking on the high seas by Somali pirates of a super tanker carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil destined for the United States created many troubling precedents and makes the vulnerability of energy supplies quite clear. The $25 million ransom, which previously averaged $1 million to $3 million at most, was another precedent. Because of U.S. dependence on foreign oil, the hijacking leaves us with no choice but to defend the supply lines long into the future.
Choke Point Michael G Frodl National Defense; Mar 2009; 93, 664; Docstoc pg. 18 Reproduced with permission of the copyright
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