Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

by Greg Muttitt


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The departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq at the end of 2011 left a broken country and a host of unanswered questions. What was the war really about? Why and how did the occupation drag on for nearly nine years, while most Iraqis, Britons, and Americans desperately wanted it to end? And why did the troops have to leave?

Now, in a gripping account of the war that dominated U.S. foreign policy over the last decade, investigative journalist Greg Muttitt takes us behind the scenes to answer some of these questions and reveals the heretofore-untold story of the oil politics that played out through the occupation of Iraq. Drawing upon hundreds of unreleased government documents and extensive interviews with senior American, British, and Iraqi officials, Muttitt exposes the plans and preparations that were in place to shape policies in favor of American and British energy interests. We follow him through a labyrinth of clandestine meetings, reneged promises, and abuses of power; we also see how Iraqis struggled for their own say in their future, in spite of their dysfunctional government and rising levels of violence. Through their stories, we begin to see a very different Iraq from the one our politicians have told us about.

In light of the Arab revolutions, the war in Libya, and renewed threats against Iran, Fuel on the Fire provides a vital guide to the lessons from Iraq and of the global consequences of America’s persistent oil addiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595588050
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 815,153
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Greg Muttitt is the former co-director of the campaigning charity Platform and has served as the campaigns and policy director for the antipoverty organization War on Want. His articles have appeared in The Guardian, the Financial Times, and The Independent, among other publications. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xi

List of Abbreviations xv

Arabic and Kurdish Words in the Text xix

List of Iraqi Political Parties xxi

Introduction xxvii

Part 1 Oil and War (1998-2003)

1 An Immense Strategic Advantage 3

2 The Human at the Center 11

3 Burning Ambition 23

4 Wiping the Slate 40

5 Emergent Iraq 48

6 The Coalition Authority 58

Part 2 Democracy and Violence (2003-2006)

7 Invasion of the Chalabis 73

8 The Advisers 85

9 Anti-Iraqi Forces 95

10 The Hands of Iraqis 105

11 Now It Becomes Legal 119

12 Iraq Divided 131

Part 3 The Oil Law Struggle (2006-2007)

13 A Law to End All Laws 145

14 The Pragmatist 158

15 The Laurel Lodge Plan 166

16 The Surge 177

17 A Line in the Sand 185

18 The Ticking Clock 195

19 Imposing the Law 208

Part 4 Oil Companies on the Front Line (2007-2011)

20 The New Iraq 227

21 Overwatch 242

22 Talking Business 255

23 Under the Hammer 272

24 A Dirty Business 282

25 Winter and Spring 295

26 Another Regime Changed 311

Conclusion 319

Acknowledgments 331

Notes 335

Index 385

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