About the book:
Now available in paperback with a new afterword.
Since the tragic events of September 11 and the commencement of the "war on terror," the relationship between U.S. policy in the Middle East and the oceans of crude oil that lie beneath the region's soil has come under close scrutiny. In Blood and Oil, international security expert Michael T. Klare traces oil's impact on foreign affairs from World War II to the present, arguing that America's oil-influenced military actions will only increase in the coming years. By 2020, the United States will need to import twice as much fuel per year as it did in 1990, and since most of this oil will come from chronically unstable, strongly anti-American regions -- the Gulf, the Caspian Sea, and Africa -- recurrent involvement in violent conflcit is sure to follow.
With clarity and urgency, Blood and Oil delineates the United States' predicament: America's wells are drying up even as its demand increases, while anti-American fervor is building in the world's oil-rich nations. It is time, Klare cautions, to change our energy policies, before we spend the next decades paying for oil with blood.
Michael Klare on Greeting Hu with a 21-Gun "Salute"
Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Program in Peace and World
Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst. Defense correspondent for The
Nation and a contributing editor for Current History, he is the author of Resource Wars, Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws, and Low Intensity Warfare. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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