Oil, of course, has no more to do with it than it had to do with the invasion of Iraq.
China doesn't like it.
The president assures us that our financial difficulties and those of the West "would not inhibit his ability to follow through. Defense cuts 'will not — I repeat, will not — come at the expense of the Asia-Pacific,' he said."
"Let them eat cake," Obama went on to explain. "After all, we, together Britain and France, only spend more than all other nations combined on War."
"Our safety is my only concern, and only Unending War can make us safe, " the president is assumed to have meant to have said.
Or, as James Madison put it quaintly, in 1795,
Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes . . . known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few . . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
Marines disembark in Australia, from the Military Times: