From the Author
Soon after I returned from covering the war in Afghanistan in late 2001, it became obvious that the Bush Administration had made next to no effort to capture Osama bin Laden. It had made next to no effort to bring democracy to Afghanistan. And it had made next to no effort to rebuild that war-torn country.
That left only one reason for the U.S. to invade Afghanistan: the country's position between the Indian Ocean and the landlocked Caspian Sea nation of Kazakhstan, which lucked into the biggest oil strike in world history in 1999.
The story of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline has been reported in countless fragmentary reports, but no one had ever brought together all the loose threads into a coherent piece. Given the complexities of Central Asian politics and the energy business, it wasn't surprising that the average American was not aware of the scandalous origins of the U.S. invasion and occupation.
I decided to try to change that. GAS WAR tells the whole story of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline from its start in the mid 1990s to the recent agreement signed by Hamid Karzai authorizing its construction. It aptly demonstrates that there is no "war on terrorism," but rather a wholesale attempt to colonize oil-producing states. This is, of course, precisely the kind of resentment-causing policy that will lead to future acts of terrorism against innocent Americans. If you care about America, you need to know about the crimes that your President is committing in your name.
About the Author
Twice winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ted Rall is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. His previous books include To Afghanistan and Back, Revenge of the Latchkey Kids and 2024.