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Blood and Oil (2008)

Michael T. Klare , Jeremy Earp , Scott Morris (producer)  |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael T. Klare
  • Directors: Jeremy Earp, Scott Morris (producer)
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Media Education Foundation
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East has long been dismissed as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. Blood and Oil, a new documentary based ont eh critically-acclaimed work of Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare, challenges this conventional wisdom to correct the historical record. The film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years -- rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. In the end, Blood and Oil calls for a radical re-thinking of US energy policy, warning that unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates.


Blood and Oil is a compelling, credible and thought-provoking history lesson for all Americans. A must-see for current and older generations who served America's militaristic pursuit of oil, and for their children who will soon be required to conduct a serious intervention at home to heal this nation's blood for oil compulsion. --Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, Air Force (Ret.)

Michael Klare's analysis of the role of oil in U.S. foreign policy since 1945 is indispensable to an understanding of the critical problems we face. I hope that this lucid and historically accurate film is widely seen. --Chalmers Johnson, author of the Blowback Trilogy

Michael Klare looks into the future with sharper eyes than almost anyone else around. Pay attention! --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Michael T. Klare makes plain how the past 60 years of American foreign policy in the Middle East is linked to Middle Eastern oil. The American military longed for permanent bases in the Middle East that were larger and less secretive than the ones used in Israel. The first Gulf War permitted the "temporary" basing of American forces in Saudi Arabia, which proved to be very provocative to Islamic radicals and lit the fuse for their attacks on the American diplomatic and military presence in the Gulf states, Africa and finally attacks on US financial and military headquarters in New York City and Washington, D.C. The second Gulf War was an attempt to push aside an unlikable Iraqi leader to make way for a number of permanent US military bases in Iraq that would guarantee continued US access to Iraqi and Middle Eastern oil.

Michael T. Klare is right to focus on the political relationships that have shaped American access to valuable resources that lie outside our borders. Resources that today are in decline and will be come increasingly scarce and more valuable to control. The American military, despite six years of war in Iraq, is prepared to militarily attack any country that dares to stand in the way of American access to these resources. And as long as the US has the energy and the war machine and political inclination to do so there will be future resource wars in the coming decades. Watch out when the current US economic stimulus program fails to produce acceptable results. War will be the answer. It always is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about oil, not pawns like Saddam Hussein. November 25, 2008
The power elite of this country is very skilled at convincing large enough segments of our population to go along with horrifying wars of aggression Body of War - The True Story of an Anti-War Hero. One technique of persuasion that Petagon "perception managers" use is diversion; for example, getting the public to discuss Saddam Hussein instead of debating the use of force to control oil supplies in the interests of transnational corporations (not the "national interest"). The managers of our plutocracy know how unpopular a cause increasing Exxon and Lockheed's profits is; so instead the corporate noise machine focuses the discussion on Saddam Hussein's cruelty (Hussein is one of many dictators Western "civilization" has supported, and the Iraqi people are one of many populations Western "civilization" has brutalized) and whether he should be in power. That's a framing of the War on Iraq that the war profiteers will win.
U.S. citizens need to defend themselves against these rhetorical manipulations, and the documentaries of the Media Education Foundation are invaluable tools to resist the corporate colonization of our minds.
MEF's production of "Blood and Oil," based on the work of author Michael Klare Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum, is the sort of insightful analysis that exposes the less-than-noble agenda that lies at the root of U.S. state terror in the Middle East, and beyond.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening June 26, 2011
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Should be required viewing for all high school civics classes. It's not so much the oil but the lies, like our own government thinks we American's are idiots who will believe anything...and in many cases we proved them right!
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The information on this video gives a History lesson as well as information regarding this country's obsession and dependency on oil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oil Oil Oil May 29, 2013
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The documentary provides many evidence that the American addiction to oil has started since WW-II and all its wars from the gulf war to the occupation of Iraq has always something to do with this addiction to oil. It also tells how America prison it self with oil the way we see it today.
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