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Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (American Empire Project) Paperback – July 14, 2005
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I have heard this author speak to groups of international intelligence professionals, and they take him very seriously, as do I. In many ways, his books complements the one by Thomas Barnett, The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-first Century except that whereas Barnett says that the military must go to war to make unstable areas safe for America, Klare points out that a) we don't have enough guns or blood to stabilize a world that we antagonize every time we deploy into an "occupation" mode, and b) cheap oil is going to be very very expensive in terms of American blood on the floor.
Although I have reviewed many books about both the problems within America and its policies, as well as books optimistic about the future of America and the world, I give credit to Klare and this book for finally forcing me to realize that our federal budget and federal policies, in relation to protecting America, are "inside out and upside down." There is, and Klare documents this beautifully in relation to petroleum, a very pathological cycle that could be easily stopped. We insist on cheap oil, this leads to bloodshed and high oil prices; this comes back to lower quality of life for the workers, etc.
As Klare points out, the pipelines (and I would add the pipe to ship portals) cannot be protected. American policy makers are deceiving the public when they suggest they can stabilize the Middle East and protect cheap oil. Not only can the pipelines not be protected, but on America's current consumption path, according to Klare, the Gulf States would have to DOUBLE production to keep up with American demand.Read more ›
Here you can see without a doubt, unless you're an unthinking apologist, that "energy security" is the primary (if not the only) military mission of the most recent American presidential administrations. In addition to the problematic Persian Gulf, we are also on the verge of getting involved in conflicts in alternative oil production regions, especially the Caspian Sea area. Our insatiable thirst for oil has led us into all sorts of damaging military engagements and unethical support deals with corrupt regimes and dictators. Klare provides indisputable evidence that America will get into a downward spiral of conflict and competition over dwindling supplies of oil unless we can break away from the status quo of consumption.
This book does have a few gaps that prevent it from being a complete success, however. Klare misses the point that America is creating competitors for the dwindling worldwide petroleum supply by "encouraging" developing nations (especially China and India) to adopt our lifestyle.Read more ›
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Reading this book in 2015 is illuminating. In many ways it provides a background for the actions of the Obama administration: higher CAFE requirements, reduced dependency on Saudi... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Anders Johansen
This book goes a long way to explain why we are involved in our endless wars in the Middle East. A must read for intelligent people.Published 7 months ago by Judith Johnson
Title says it a and presents a good case for our wars are that of aquisition and not what they idealized for.Published 12 months ago by Nathan Edward Thomas
An eye-opening book on how American policies have affected the world.Published 19 months ago by Alvey
Great analysis of the recent global events that shock the oil market, the world and global conflict. Unbiased terrific journalism!Published 24 months ago by John D Stone
The author through the entire book makes very clear the fact that the US industry and so, therefore the whole economic system. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Aldo Gómez
Blood and Oil is as much a long essay is it is a short book on the last 50 years of US oil concerns and the military's role in energy security. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Eugene D. Savitt