Will Operation Iraqi Freedom Have Meaning if Alternative Energies Are Developed?

The rising fuel costs have talking heads and news programs debating and discussing alternative energy sources - alternatives to fuel. The biggest alternative source - which is plentiful, renewable and kind to the environment is ethanol fuel. Some predict within five years everyone will be filling their cars with pure ethanol (once it can be produced efficiently).

Which raises the question, if we find and are using an alternative fuel source, will we still be in Iraq in five years? If we won't be reliant on oil, will it be necessary for us to be there?

Yeah, yeah, I know, what "we" did as a country was a good thing - cleaning up part of the "axis of evil" and booting the Taliban out of control in Afghanistan. But, there are other governments in the world that hate us just as much and who perform horrible injustices to their people. Have we stepped in? Have we sent our troops in to sacrifice their lives to save those people?

If we won't/don't need the oil, will all those lives lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) be worth the battle? And remind me. What is the battle again? So, back to the original question, will we be in Iraq in five years? Guess it depends on who's in the White House.