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Unformatted text preview: rbon Institute, 2003 [Richard, The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies,
2003, p. 230]
Today the average US citizen uses five times as much energy as the world average. Even citizens of nations that export oil – such as Venezuela
and Iran – use only a small fraction of the energy US citizens use per capita. The Carter Doctrine, declared in 1980, made it plain that
US military might would be applied to the project of dominating the world’s oil wealth : henceforth, any hostile effort
to impede the flow of Persian Gulf oil would be regarded as an “assault on the vital interests of the United States”
and would be “repelled by any means necessary, including military force.” In the past 60 years, the US military and intelligence
services have grown to become bureaucracies of unrivaled scope, power, and durability. While the US has not declared war on any
nation since 1945, it has nevertheless bombed or invaded a total of 19 countries and stationed troops, or engaged in direct or
indirect military action, in dozens of others. During the Cold...
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