Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Energy Security: The #1 Issue On Every Governments Agenda

Gideon Rachman, from the Financial Times, has written a very interesting piece on America's Top Priority, "Energy Security". Although this piece is tucked away in the FT, his FT Blog has yielded some interesting comments. As FT's chief foreign affairs columnist since July 2006, after spending 15 years at The Economist, his blog covers a wide range of topics, from US foreign policy to the European Union and the "war on terror".

Just thought you might want to know about this. :)


With the oil price heading upwards and President George W. Bush heading for Saudi Arabia, as part of a Middle Eastern tour, it is time to accept the truth. The pursuit of oil is fundamental to US foreign policy.

The importance of oil to American foreign policy is both obvious and curiously difficult to acknowledge in public. In the run-up to the Iraq war it was left to the left to make the argument that this was a “war for oil”. Establishment people – those in the know – rolled their eyes at this “conspiracy theory”.

Yet in recent months, both Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Senator John McCain have come close to saying that Iraq was indeed about oil. In his memoirs Mr Greenspan said he regretted that it was “politically inconvenient” to acknowledge that “the Iraq war is largely about oil”.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Monies gonna be tight this summer, so I know I'm scheduling our summer road trip vacation close to home. Maybe about 3-4 hours away with a few close friends. thanks j