[Marxism] NY Times edit: More troops needed in Afghanistan
mhhoover at gmail.com
Sun Jul 23 09:34:03 MDT 2006
On 7/23/06, Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu> wrote:
> I've argued this from another perspective. The Mideast is crucial where
> Vietnam was not!
> The ruling class has been unified on this from before WW2: The U.S.
> _must_ exert hegemony over the Mideast oil, and given the geography that
> means having troops there. The present war began with the overthrow of
> Mossadegh. And given the stakes, _of course_ the ruling class can afford
> the cost!
Above explains U.S. invasion of Iraq given instability of oil supply
from that country. Recall that one of U.S. first military objectives
was seizure of the Rumaila oil field in southern Iraq.
Oil fields all over the country were "protected" by U.S. troops as
civil disorder and looting went unchecked. Restarting oil pipelines
was given priority.
Where U.S. foreign policy produced socialist revolutionaries during
the so-called Cold War, today it produces holy warriors. Michael
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