WSE Posted: 6/8/2011 8:44am PDT Energy dependence has been a matter of national security for 40 years now, but the democrats and republicans have both buried their collective heads in the sand about it all this time. The only reason Iran opposed the production increase was because they know its an easy way to stick it to the western world. They know if they can weaken western society they will be in the driver's seat for the rest of this century. America needs to wake up and decide whether driving a 6000lb Suburban to work every day is worth this kind of heartache. If we truly want energy independence, we should devote the resources and the will to get it done. Then we can get out of the middle east and let those fools blow each other up, instead of blowing us up.