Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum

Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum

by Michael T. Klare

Now, in Blood and Oil, he concentrates on a single precious commodity, petroleum, while issuing a warning to the United States--its most powerful, and most dependent, global consumer.Since September 11 and the commencement of the "war on terror," the world's attention has been focused on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region's soil.

And since most of this supply will have to come from chronically unstable, often violently anti-American zones--the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Sea, Latin America, and Africa--our dependency is bound to lead to recurrent military involvement.With clarity and urgency, Blood and Oil delineates the United States' predicament and cautions that it is time to change our energy policies, before we spend the next decades paying for oil with blood.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 3.78
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: September 5th 2000 by St. Martins Press-3PL
  • Isbn10: 0805079386
  • Isbn13: 9780805079388

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I read this book 3 or 4 years ago... It basically explains why nations go to war. A mutual dependence that will continue to lead to war if we dont wean ourselves off of oil. Black gold, Texas T, Michigan Butt Sex, is way more valuable Hopefully, the Oil Sands of Canada will prove to be a means to an end of this Resource War. Because I dont think treaties with colored people will work.

We learn in this scrupulously researched and well referenced book that American firms' involvement in oil in Saudi Arabia stretches back to 1933. If there is, Klare argues, it is not in military interventions in the Middle East, it is in a change of policy back home, and specifically toward the US eliminating its dependence on imported oil.

"Osama Bin Ladens hostility towards the US was provoked primarily by the deployment of American troops in Saudi Arabia and the continuing alliance between Washington and the Saudi royal familyan alliance forged in 1945 between President Roosevelt and King Ibn Saud.It is a product of Americas thirst for imported oil and the monarchys hunger for protection.

"...the American military is being used more and more for the protection of overseas oil fields and the supply routes that connect them to the United States and its allies." p. 35 Iranian conflict as start of cold war - geopolitical contest over oil fields in Saudi Arabia / Persian Gulf producers p. 40 Eisenhower Doctrine 1957: "...the doctrine authorized the president to use American combat forces to defend friendly Middle Eastern countries against Soviet-backed aggressors and to provide additional arms and military assistance to pro-American regimes." p 41 - "...response to US unease over Soviet involvement in the Middle East..." Nixon Doctrine 1969: didn't want to send troops directly because simultaneously trying to pull troops out of Vietnam but pumped money to allies in Gulf states to defend themselves/ensure peace and stability p. 60 Bush administration's Persian Gulf security policy: "...first, the stabilization of Saudi Arabia under the House of Saud; second, the removal of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and his replacement with a stable government capable of substantially boosting oil output; and, third, in an escalation of pressure on the Iranian government leading, eventually, to the emergence of a leadership friendly to the United States." p.

The United States was the first country in the world to develop a large scale petroleum industry and this industry has played a central role in sustaining the nations economic growth for past 145 years and preservation of a distinctly American way of life. In the name of national security, military force has frequently been used over the past 50 years to guarantee access to foreign petroleum and to protect key suppliers as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with whom it has close ties, from internal revolt and external attack.

Klare makes a convincing argument about the energy crisis that is looming. Klare has a very well thought out, structured, and detailed argument about futility of the short sighted current administrations approach to the energy crisis.

Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan).