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Seeing History Through Oil

Monday, September 19, 2011

Andrew Scott Cooper, is a historian who has worked for the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, and is author of The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East

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Andrew Scott Cooper

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Comments [2]

Henry from Katonah

The price raises may have been done in clumsy manner, but they did us a favor. 1960s automobiles and appliances were ridiculously inefficient.
Any chance of reappraising Carter's policies ? He really steered us in right direction in energy use.
Reagan took credit for his best policies (e.g. airline deregulation ) and vilified his name. Took credit when the US economy righted itself again. Do we have to wait until everyone who remembers the 1970s- 1980s dies before Reagan's standing falls a little?

Sep. 19 2011 11:53 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I remember the '73 oil embargo only too well! I also remember one of the bumper stickers: "Barrel of oil for a barrel of Jews."

Most people don't realize that every time the US gave aid or sold arms to a Muslim country, it ended up regretting it. In fact ,before the Six Day War, the biggest recipients of US aid and arms sales were Iran and Turkey, and not Israel. Israel only began to get military aid and US arms when it defeated the Soviet-backed Arab states in 1967.

Sep. 19 2011 11:37 AM

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