Last month, Flynt gave a presentation on “Energy Independence” as part of the U.S. Army War College’s “Great Decisions” lecture series. The Army War College has posted a video of Flynt’s presentation on its You Tube channel (yes, the U.S. Army War College has a You Tube channel); we share it here and above.
In recent years, talk about “energy independence” in the United States has taken on a more assertive, even triumphalist tone as American elites embrace the proposition that the so-called “shale revolution” will revive America as energy superpower and enable it to vanquish pesky, uncooperative hydrocarbon powers like Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. Flynt offers a radically contrarian take on the shale revolution’s strategic impact, and warns that Washington should not let unrealistic views of the global energy balance prompt it to double down on its longstanding—and failing—drive for the illusion of global hegemony.
–Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett