18 Sep '11, 12pm

America and oil: declining together?

America and oil: declining together?

At that moment, the United States and oil seemed at the pinnacle of their power. As the victor in the Cold War and then the first Gulf War, the American military was ranked supreme, with no conceivable challenger on the horizon. And nowhere were there more fervent believers in "unilateralist" America's ability to "shock and awe" the planet than in Washington. The nation's economy still appeared relatively robust as a major housing bubble was just beginning to form. China's economy was then a paltry 15 percent as big as ours. Only seven years later, it would be approximately 40 percent as large. By invading Iraq, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld planned to demonstrate the crushing superiority of America's new high-tech weaponry, while setting the stage for further military exploits in the region, including a possible attack on Iran. (A neocon quip caught the mood of the...

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