Michael Klare
Professor & Director of PAWSS, The Five Colleges

Re: Could we go to war with Iran for its oil?

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Vice President Cheney, Klare says, is laying the groundwork as we speak.

Michael Klare

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies (a joint appointment at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst), and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), a position he has held since 1985. Before assuming his present post, he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. (1977-84).

Professor Klare has written widely on U.S. defense policy, the arms trade, and world security affairs. He is the author of Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum (Metropolitan Books, 2004), along with many other books.  He is also the defense correspondent of The Nation, a Contributing Editor of Current History, and has contrbuted to numerous publications.

Michael Klare serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association, and the advisory board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch; he is also a member of the Committee on International Security Studies of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Yes, and as we speak Vice President Cheney is preparing to leave for a trip to the region, which I think has among another purposes to prepare to lay the groundwork for possible the US military action against Iran. He has said on many occasions that the US may well need to use military force to eliminate the threat posed by Iran to the safety of the region, to the strategic threat pose by Iran to the safety of the region and language very similar to the language President Carter used in his Carter Doctrine speech of January 23rd 1980 that this is a vital interest of United States to keep the flow of oil flowing, Vice President Cheney has used very similar language.

Recorded on: 3/14/08