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It's the Crude, Dude:
When Linda McQuaig started writing her new book, It's the Crude, Dude, in 2002, she thought it would be old hat by the time it came out. She was sure everyone would be talking about how oil was the real reason U.S. President George W. Bush invaded Iraq. But the Toronto Star columnist and author discovered that she needn't have worried. Oil, McQuaig argues, is still virtually a taboo subject in U.S. media discussions of the motivations for the Iraq war: "Oil remained strangely offstage, obscured, invisible, hidden in plain sight."
In It's the Crude, Dude, McQuaig's seventh book, she investigates what she calls "the big elephant in the room": oil. The result is a spirited and timely inquiry into a super-powerful industry that she suggests played a central role in plunging the U.S. into a quagmire in Iraq. Before the conflict, she writes, U.S. companies had long salivated over Iraq's "virtually endless" oil fields. One Wall Street analyst she cites calls the country "the most sought-after real estate on the face of the earth. It is the superstar of the future." Talk in the White House about what to do with Iraq started well before the 9/11 attacks, McQuaig writes. She cites internal U.S. government records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act that suggest U.S. officials were already discussing action against Iraq within weeks of Bush's inauguration in January 2001. McQuaig makes a convincing case that the world has become dangerously dependent on dwindling oil supplies, which are at the ! heart of not only a great deal of conflict but also pollution that is disrupting global weather. --Alex Roslin [via]