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Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing… (2004)

by Michael T. Klare

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Rather than simply denounce Bush and issue yet another jeremiad against the neo-cons Klare digs a bit deeper and situates the American dependence on foreign where properly it should begin: with FDR. Moving through successive administrations Klare demonstrates how the Carter Doctrine more deeply entrenched an American over-dependence on foreign oil. He is less reliable as he comes to his conclusions and his political biases impair the clarity that he traced from FDR to Carter.

FDR's meeting with King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia "produced the unprecedented oil-for-protection arrangement that has governed American ties with Saudi Arabia ever since" (xiii). During World War II it became clear that reserves of American oil were inadequate for wartime and the post-war peace. American policy makers were determined to ensure an assured pipeline (p. 29). As "codified in the Foreign Petroleum Policy of the United States, a policy statement released by the State Department in 1944" (p. 30).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805079386, Paperback)

In his pathbreaking Resource Wars, world security expert Michael Klare alerted us to the role of resources in conflicts in the post-cold-war world. 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. Klare traces oil's impact on international affairs since World War II, revealing its influence on the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Carter doctrines. He shows how America's own wells are drying up as our demand increases; by 2010 the United States will need to import 60 percent of its oil. 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.

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Since September 11th 2001 and the commencement of the 'war on terror', the world's attention has been focused on the relationship between US foreign policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region's soil. Michael Klare traces oil's impact on international affairs since World War II, revealing its influence on the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon and Carter governments. He shows how America's own wells are drying up as demand increases and warns that by 2010 the US will need to import 60% of its oil. 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 - their dependency is bound to lead to recurrent military involvement.… (more)

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