Crude Interventions: The United States, Oil and the New by Garry Leech

By Garry Leech

At first of the twenty first century, a brand new international ailment is rising during which battles over assets are taking part in an more and more favorite position. the significance of oil to this photograph is underscored by means of the unilateral and militaristic overseas coverage of the world's greatest strength in its try to safe entry to this serious source. during this worldwide context, oil-rich groups of the South are being drawn into struggles to shield their sovereignty, cultural integrity, human rights and threatened ecosystems.

Crude Interventions examines the army and monetary guidelines of the Bush management in oil-rich areas of the area. extra accurately, it examines the socio-economic and human rights results of those rules, in addition to these of modern US administrations and multinational strength businesses, for the peoples of oil generating countries within the worldwide South. With in basic terms 4 percentage of the world's inhabitants, the us consumes 25 according to cent of world power construction. This thirst for strength has performed an important function in identifying US international coverage in contemporary a long time. the will to safe entry to trustworthy offers of oil has performed an excellent extra sought after function in selecting the international coverage of the govt of George W. Bush than prior administrations.

By targeting the united states function in Iraq, relevant Asia, West Africa, Colombia and Venezuela, Crude Interventions makes glaring the connections among US strength pursuits, the warfare on terror, globalization, human rights abuses and different social injustices persisted by way of these peoples of the South cursed with an abundance of the world's so much wanted source.

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With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, republics in the region formerly controlled by the communist government in Moscow suddenly found themselves to be independent nations. The new republics consisted of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, and Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia in the South Caucasus. In the midst of these new countries lay the landlocked Caspian Sea, which is actually the world’s largest lake. 1 Upon obtaining independence in 1991, many of the new republics experienced civil strife as they attempted to establish themselves as fully fledged states.

And second, the US-backed candidate Allawi not only failed to win, but finished a distant third with only 14 per cent of the vote. 93 The principal post-election problem faced by the Bush administration was the fact that Iraq’s new Shiite prime minister, Ibrahim Jafaari, maintained close ties with Iran, where he spent time in exile during Saddam Hussein’s reign. Jafaari also believed that the new Iraqi constitution should be rooted in Islam. As historian Juan Cole pointed out shortly after the election: ‘If the United States had decided three years ago to bomb Iran, it would have produced joy in Baghdad.

On 22 July 2004, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, released its final report analysing the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks and the Bush administration’s response to them. The report made clear that, following 9/11, certain members of the Bush administration were intent on using the terrorist attacks to justify invading Iraq. Secretary of State Powell told the commission that Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz ‘was always of the view that Iraq was a problem that had to be dealt with.

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