I love that statement, America is addicted to oil. What an elitist point of view. Americans are not addicted to oil. Americans are addicted to freedom — the freedom and liberty to move where and when we want.
Likewise, I am not addicted to PCP, I'm addicted to the feeling of invincibility and lack of pain when I am high. I like to be able to bust out of handcuffs and rough up cops without feeling it when they hit me back. But it's not because I'm addicted to PCP.
Similarly, I don't require breathing to live, I require a regular intake of oxygen and an expulsion of carbon dioxide. The rhythmic expansion and contraction of my diaphragm and ribcage are not related at all. Don't try to claim that it is; you'll just look like a fool.