Much has been said recently about becoming energy independent. What we need to know is whether we're prepared for cuts in other areas of our economy if we do become independent. We would no longer need to worry about how the countries in the Middle East treat us. We would no longer have to fight wars to protect our interests in the Middle East or have to produce as many airplanes, trucks, tanks, bombs, etc. because we can take care of ourselves. Tinker, Altus and Vance Air Force bases, the McAlester Army Ammunition Depot and Fort Sill could be shut down or at the very least downsized.