After decades of Cold War spending, the US had to find a way to keep its massive war budgets and domestic spending going without ruining the dollar. Controlling the flow of dollars spent on oil turned out to be a fix.
Private ownership of the means of production is the fundamental institution of the market economy. It is the institution the presence of which characterizes the market economy as such. Where it is absent, there is no question of a market economy.
If oil prices remain at a sustained high due to a war with Iran, it would mean a higher cost of living for most Americans, but it could help certain regions and populations within the US, such as oil-producing states like Texas and Oklahoma.
The NPC-like script in responding to the attacks has been so on the nose that Vice President Mike Pence even tried to tie Soleimani to September 11 in a move that must have made Trump's attorney and frequent gaffe machine, Rudy Giuliani, proud.
The totalitarian ethos of the twentieth century, whether in the “mixed” version of the Hindenburg Program or the Bolshevik version of Lenin and Stalin, emerges from the will of individuals who propose to control their fellows.