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Wednesday, September 06, 20061157547600

Cole's Oil Cartography

"Bush Turns to Fear-Mongering: Creation of 'Islamic' Bogeyman," by Juan Cole, Informed Comment, 6 September 2006, http://www.juancole.com/2006/09/bush-turns-to-fear-mongering-creation.html.

The latest column by Juan Cole (a Professor at the University of Michigan) is his usual semi-factual self

Iran has not launched a war on a neighbor since the late 1700s.

True... ish. (Never mind that in the Tanker War, Kuwait required assistance of both the Soviet Union and the United States to protect her ships from Iranian aggression.

Another comment comparing the Syrian regime to California New-Agers must be read in context to be believed.

Next, Dr. Cole attacks the usual enemies -- Christians and Texans

If you want to know what is really going on, it is a struggle for control of the Strategic Ellipse, which just happens demographically to be mostly Muslim. Bush has to demonize the Muslim world in order to justify his swooping down on the Strategic Ellipse. If demons occupy it, obviously they have to be cleared out in favor of Christian fundamentalists or at least Texas oilmen.

This paragraph leads to an interesting map where Cole defines a "strategic ellipse." The map combines the best of Barnettian and Spykmanian geopolitics.

The Pentagon's New Heartland?

Leaving aside Cole's incoherent rant, what we are left with is the fact that much of the world's oil and gas comes from countries we don't much trust. Hopefully President Bush is serious about a geogreen gas tax.


The Global Zone of Percolating Violence
Zbigniew Brzezinski 1997

Posted by: asdf | Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Asdf -- thanks! Definitely looks like a match!

Over at Cole's blog, John Rynn is looking for a reference. I wonder what Juan will come up with...

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Wednesday, September 06, 2006

no comments?

Posted by: Claymore | Thursday, September 07, 2006

Claymore, what do you mean?

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Thursday, September 07, 2006

I found this blog very informative.

Posted by: MBA Dessertation | Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I like the ilustration, nice work

Posted by: jtag | Monday, January 24, 2011