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Blood and Oil (2008)

The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East is often disregarded as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. In Blood and Oil, bestselling author and Nation ... See full summary »

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The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East is often disregarded as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. In Blood and Oil, bestselling author and Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare challenges this conventional wisdom and corrects 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. Written by Media Education Foundation

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This movie contains truths that are difficult for Americans to hear
23 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Blood and Oil is a documentary about America's long and passionate love affair with cheap oil and the bloody lengths, including schmoozing up to some pretty strange and unpleasant bedfellows, to which we have gone to keep it flowing freely. It strips away the romanticism and innocence that has graced our diplomacy when it comes to geopolitics and we are left with the realization that, since at least 1945, every American president has kissed the hand of Saudi despots--and others as well--to make sure that our national wealth continues to grow, "plastics" make promising careers, three-ton SUVs can ply our freeways, and we continue to be the "arsenal of the world". This movie is not for those who demand complete allegiance to the American flag and blame Native Americans for wasting a perfectly good continent. But if you are a seeker of truth and, ultimately, justice (not necessarily the "American Way"), you must see this movie.


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