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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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Credited cast:
Osama bin Laden ... Self (archive footage)
George Bush ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Jimmy Carter ... Self (archive footage)
Dick Cheney ... Self (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self (archive footage)
Thomas Friedman ... Self (archive footage)
Sean Hannity ... Self (archive footage)
Saddam Hussein ... Self (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Klare Michael Klare ... Self
Richard Nixon ... Self (archive footage)
Bill O'Reilly ... Self (archive footage)
Ronald Reagan ... Self (archive footage)
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Self (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)


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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A lecture for all about the dangerous addiction to oil
21 May 2014 | by OJTSee all my reviews

A fine documentary which bases the whole concept around the critically acclaimed book by Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare. The 52 minute long documentary confirms that the many times dismissed fact that the US is gong to war in distant countries is Based on the dependence of oil, is in fact very true.

USA goes to war mainly in the goal of securing oil reserves, and this is no conspiracy theory. It's a mere fact. And not only the US either. This is shown to historical records, by classified governmental documents, and presidential speeches as well as behaviors. For the last 60 years this has become more and more the truth, and the film serves as a warning that this will be worsened unless there's a change in direction.

Today more than 70 percent of the US oil usage comes from abroad deliveries, a number which was zero back in the mid fifties. And USA has made certain that the growth will continue, as ways of coming around even in the US not being dependent on oil, is almost impossible.

The girl serves well for educational use, as originally intended. Also as English education outside the US, due to the narration if Klare himself, being a great ans slow paced speaker, making you very aware of every word he says. So even without subtitling, this is a good film to use in education on high school level as well as above.

The DVD version also has a bonus feature in a filmed lecture from a university session, where Klare clarifies his findings in this area, which equally is good in use educationally. It'll be begs db used with a break half way, since he us the only one talking on this two camera production.

Many US citizens will not be particularly thrilled by watching this, but nevertheless, this is important learning for the self-titled "the world's greatest democracy" which in many ways shows that this dependence is something the free nation of the US is forced into by leaders as well as the industry, hence makers of cars, medicine, plastics and a lot if other consumer products.


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