Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE US STOPPED THE PETRO-DOLLAR WARFARE?
I have shown at Quora that there are two main ulterior motives for US-led wars, namely Israel and Saudi — based on the petrodollar agreement signed by Nixon and King Faisal in 1974:
However, a closer examination shows that there is only one main motive and the other is embedded therein.
To understand this, we need to go back to the origin of the petrodollar agreement, and that was the 1967 Six-Day War. The US supported Israel in that war and as a result, many Arab countries, including Saudi and its Gulf cohorts, created an oil crisis by denying the US much oil. Nixon responded by creating the petrodollar agreement with Saudi Arabia (as described in the above-linked post). But note that this agreement is in response to the Saudi response to the US support for Israel in the Six-Day War, as stated above, indicating that Israel was important enough to the US to sacrifice its energy security. In fact, this also explains the anti-Russian sentiment among US officials because Russia has always supported the Shiites and regimes who oppose Israel and is powerful enough to effectively oppose the US and its allies in the Muslim world. This US desire to please Israel could thus even explain to a great extent the anti-Soviet and hence anti-communist war policies – against N. Korea and Vietnam – since 1948.
Based on that fact and judging by recent US foreign policy characteristics, especially under Trump, it is becoming clear that Israel is the real motive and not Saudi. After all, there are 2 main factors in Trump’s (and other presidents’) foreign policy, and that is, pressure from the almost omnipotent lobby AIPAC
the Evangelical community, 80% of which supports Israel regardless of its policies, as explained here:
It was inevitable that these 2 powerful groups, one a political organization and the other the near majority of the US grassroots, would be capable of dragging the US government into any war it so desired, and that is what is happening now in the Middle East and Afghanistan and has been for decades.