Michael T. Klare is a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and the defense correspondent of The Nation. He is the author, most recently, of The Race for What’s Left.
For the first time, the US Energy Department has conceded that peak oil is the new norm.
The ghosts of Vietnam are everywhere, as counterinsurgency makes a comeback in the Pentagon budget.
In this global economic meltdown, with fifty million people potentially losing their jobs by the end of this year, one beneficiary will likely by crime syndicates.
Some military analysts are warning Obama that insurencies, revolts and economically driven instability could threaten our way of life. It's a path fraught with hazards.
As people lose confidence in the ability of markets and governments to solve the global crisis, the likeliness of violence increases.
Whether the price of oil is high or low, someone's going to pay--and sooner or later all of us will--because our civilization is based on the stuff.
Because of the hubris of Bush and Cheney, we face a world of multiplied dangers, emboldened challengers and a paucity of reliable allies.
Of all the challenges Barack Obama faces, none is more daunting, or more important to our collective future, as energy.
Palin's opposition to government-supported renewable energy makes her stupendously ill equipped for national office.
Oil companies, speculators and OPEC helped spike the cost of oil, but ruinous Bush Administration policies have compounded the damage.