Nothing wrong with reading Pollack as long as you keep in mind where he came from: the CIA and the NSC.
For background on the CIA/MI6 coup toppling Mossadeq, you can go to the very "newspaper of record," the New York Times. They did a big article on it, heavily citing declassified CIA documents.
After all, I think we should tear the ground off Alaska and the west and pump our own oil out of our backyards.
Or better yet! How about hydro-electric/geo-thermal/harnessing-the-waves-on-the-sea-technology? Those would be awsome to have.
The US should really be more isolationist.
I pretty much agree, except that I think strip-mining Alaska is a little too exuberant. There are a couple of things you're not taking into account, though. One is that Washington is not grabbing the oil for your and my benefit. Another is that developing our own resources and leaving other people to develop theirs, though the decent thing to do, leads to something that free-market capitalists do not want: competition. "We" (meaning investors who are in a position to influence Washington) don't want France and Germany, much less a united Middle East, gearing up their production lines. It would be "bad for America."
But would it be bad for you and me? I happen to think that the best thing that could have happened to the American auto industry in the 1970s was getting its ass kicked by Japan. I think the competition has something to do with the fact that Detroit can no longer turn out crapmobiles, secure in the knowledge that we'll "buy American." Which makes me more of a free-market capitalist than George W. Bush, and I'm slightly to the left of Noam Chomsky.
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