Tom Clancy's novel “Red Storm Rising” centers on an oil shortage that causes Russian leadership to determine war as the only means to remain in power.
America will shortly be the world leader in oil production. The U.S. oil supply will guarantee all nations a reliable market that will diminish the Russian hold on East Europe, while denying Vladimir Putin power and foreign capital.
Perhaps the reality of oil had as much to do with Putin’s attacks during our national election as his evident and declared hatred of Hillary Clinton. Maybe Clancy was a clairvoyant who could foresee what Russia would do if its only national resource failed their economy.
What Putin began in 2016 will continue in 2018. The current administration’s national security leadership has stated so before Congress.
The administration has failed to enforce the sanctions passed against Russia overwhelming nearly a year ago. The national security leadership stated that they have not received orders from Trump to act to counter Putin’s aggression.
Congress investigating Trump’s connections with Russia may inquire whether oil production deserves inquiry.