First they aren't my oil companies but some perspective is in order. Last year exxon made $41B in profits. Saudi Arabia had oil revenues of over $300B almost all of it profit. Saudi Arabia is part of a cartel whose express purpose is to manipulate the supply and demand of oil. Who do you think gets more of the money? This is from 2008 http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2008/1124/044.html We can go down country by country, but this gets extremely off topic. Exxon made some of its profit because of Opec's market manipulation, its not the other way around. Direct oil company profits are responsible for less than a dime of the price of gas. In 2010 exxon estimated theirs was 2 cents, but they didn't include the higher value of their reserves The solution is to break some of the monopoly power, but both using less oil and producing more. The US in tenable for continuing the bad policies, but the US only partially responsible. The roots of terrorism go much earlier than any US involvement. Any responsibility is bad though. We can look to solutions or try to assign blame. There is plenty of blame to go around, but focusing on it seems to delay good policies. Blaming the oil companies or past leaders bad moves doesn't get us anywhere, but we can look to past mistakes to try not to repeat them.