Our relationship with our neighbor to the north has deteriorated—at about the same rate as we have come to depend on their natural resources. Oil is an important part of the reason, but it's only part of the story. We need to acknowledge the importance of Canada to our national interests and commit to the relationship.
Access to foreign sources of oil has been a vital U.S. interest for more than 50 years. Our political and military strategies have focused on the Middle East, designed to ensure our continuing use of Persian Gulf oil. But the key to our vital energy interests could lie much closer to home. In fact, currently we import more petroleum, as well as other natural resources critical to domestic energy consumption, from Canada. Persian Gulf oil production may be peaking, while Canadian fields hold significant long-term potential.