Most of the time I link to Tom Friedman in order to point out his pomposity or inconsistency. But, as they say, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then, and Friedman's column in this morning's NYT is a good one. His citation of our increasing lack of "leverage" is spot on, and tying it to our dependence on Middle East oil (among other things) correctly identifies the problem.
The irony of Arab potentates egging us on to take out Iranian leadership, while they pay for the next generation of suicide bombers, is rich. The faster we extricate ourselves from the economic indenture we serve to the House of Saud, the better.