Kevin Phillips/Slate smackdown

Slate editor Jacob Weisberg slammed Kevin Phillips' latest book American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century as one of his "illogical, dizzying screeds."

Before we get to Phillips' response to Weisberg's dismissal (which includes a novel dig at Michael Moore), it's worth noting that Weisberg opens by calling Phillips' 1969 prediction that the GOP could dominate politics by "us[ing] the issue of race to win over working-class Democrats," an analysis that proved to be "turned around," yet he closes on a seemingly opposite note in warning Democrats to avoid his advice: "Once upon a time, Kevin Phillips crunched a lot of numbers to give shrewd, if cynical, political advice to Republicans about capitalizing on white fear of black people."

But Phillips can take care of himself, as Sean-Paul Kelley documents. The Agonist's Ian asked about Weisberg's criticism that Phillips didn't make the case that the war was for oil. Phillips responds:

Oil: George H.W. Bush and James Baker in 1990-91 admitted that expelling Iraq from Kuwait was about oil; Iraq's boundaries were originally drawn around oil; most oilmen assume the 2003 war was about oil; the first major building seized in Baghdad was the oil ministry with its seismographic maps.
Read the rest here. (TheAgonist)

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