"Today the average American G.I. in Iraq uses about 20.5 gallons of fuel every day, more than double the daily volume consumed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2004. Thus, in order to secure the third-richest country on the planet, the U.S. military is burning enormous quantities of petroleum. And nearly every drop of that fuel is imported into Iraq. These massive fuel requirements?just over 3 million gallons per day for Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to the Pentagon's Defense Energy Support Center?are a key reason for the soaring cost of the war effort.? Column by Robert Bryce.