By Paul Sperry
Is the "war on terror" declared by the Bush administration just a cynical and immoral subterfuge for securing needed Mideast oil, as leftists and anti-war activists claim?
Or is America's ongoing military response to the horrendous attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, not only justified, but motivated totally by compelling national security concerns with no admixture of any other agenda, as administration cheerleaders claim?
Or, does the truth lie somewhere in between? And if so, exactly where?
"Crude Politics: How Bush's Oil Cronies Hijacked the War on Terrorism" makes the unsettling case that the Bush administration, though engaged in an unavoidable and moral war on terror, also tried simultaneously to secure future energy production in the terrorists' home turf and ended up compromising America's national security interests.
While the United States was still reeling from the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, says "Crude Politics" author and investigative journalist Paul Sperry, Bush administration diplomats were resuming talks with Pakistani officials over gas and oil pipelines in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ultimately, the U.S. seized the opportunity of the war-on-terror as a reason to oust the Taliban ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å the major obstacle blocking plans for the precious pipelines linking Caspian reserves to hot Asian markets. Indeed, the book documents how the Bush administration tailored the war on terrorism around oil interests in the Caspian region, and to a lesser extent, in Iraq.
With journalistic integrity and painstaking research, Sperry enlightens readers on:
- How commercial gain within the oil-friendly administration undermined America's war on terror
- How our safety has been jeopardized because of an overriding effort to charge ahead with a new "Silk Road" through Afghanistan and Pakistan, making the capture of Osama bin Laden a secondary concern
- The nature of war and the politics behind the major decisions being made in the administration, including those regarding Iraq and other "axis of evil" countries
- Bush's behind-the-scenes operator for regime change in both Afghanistan and Iraq ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å former energy consultant Zal Khalilzad.
Paul Sperry is a veteran Washington, D.C., investigative reporter whose reports on national security issues have been picked up by virtually every major news agency in the world. Sperry's journalistic courage and integrity are backed by years of experience, including extensive reporting and editing on national affairs, economics, manufacturing, real estate and general business coverage. href="http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=20765">President Bill Clinton "banned" Sperry from the White House in 1999 after the reporter asked him tough questions about the Chinagate fundraising scandal.
About the Author
Paul Sperry, formerly WNDÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´åÇs Washington bureau chief, is a Washington-based investigative journalist and Hoover Institution media fellow who has broken a number of national stories on the war on terrorism.
His articles have appeared in the New York Post, Investor's Business Daily, Wall Street Journal, Houston Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, American Conservative, Reason, American Spectator, D Magazine and other publications.
Author of the blockbuster book Crude Politics ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å cited by Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. as a top investigative book of 2003 ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎå«Ì´å Sperry has made regular appearances on Fox News, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and other national media outlets. His other books include ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«InfiltrationÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ and ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«The Great American Bank Robbery,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ as well as ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_Ì´å«Muslim Mafia,ÌÎÌ_ÌÎ_ÌÎÌ_ÌÎå´ co-authored with P. David Gaubatz.
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