I agree with your comment about having to investigate something...how do you think they earn their outrageous salaries? (Congresspeople)
A point to ponder...if we somehow, miraculously, came up with a potion for feuling vehicles that did NOT include Middle Eastern oil imports, do you think they would freak them out and start a war of their own out of desperation?
(Of course, one might have to factor, China and India's demand out of the equation...or let's make it dicier, we give them the technology or whatever (exporting fuel to them) to also stop them from buying from the Arab states.)
What scenario do you see evolving?