While well-intentioned, “Argo” falls into the common Hollywood trap of making Muslims into a monolithic Green Menace.
Blood and Oil, a film by the Media Education Foundation, is based on the critically acclaimed book by international security expert Michael T. Klare. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with Klare.
With clarity and urgency, Blood and Oil transcends political posturing and rhetoric to show how six decades of failed government policy have increased America’s reliance on foreign oil and military force to meet its energy needs. The film cuts across the grain of leaders and pundits who have dismissed and belittled claims that the U.S. has sacrificed the lives of its troops and countless others around the world to feed its insatiable oil habit. In the process, it exposes a fundamental connection between diminishing global petroleum supplies, skyrocketing rates of global consumption, and successive American wars and military interventions.
Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world-security studies at Hampshire College, a Foreign Policy In Focus columnist, defense correspondent for The Nation Magazine, and author of numerous books, including Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum , Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict , and Rogue States and Nuclear Outlaws. His newest book is Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.