Addicted to Oil: America's Relentless Drive for Energy Security
- Тематика издания: Политика
- Вид товара (для сайта): Книга
- Тип издания: Paperback / softback book
It has long been acknowledged that in America the car is king. However, America's car-orientated and car-dependent lifestyle goes beyond the culture of fast cars and freeways. In "Addicted to Oil", Ian Rutledge explores the political, economic and social ramifications of the motorisation of the US economy.
He argues that America's dependence on the car has created a lifestyle leading to oil needs which have heavily influenced US foreign policy in the modern era. Rutledge traces the origins of America's addiction throughout the twentieth century and explains how America's relations with the Middle East were developed through its quest for energy security. America's motorisation and its consequent demand for oil at predictable market prices was and continues to be an important influence on US policy towards Iraq - especially given the uncertainties relating to what has so far been the securest source of Middle East oil - Saudi Arabia.
Ian Rutledge argues that the war in Iraq was neither a war for 'freedom