It takes about twelve minutes, but to keep informed about developments in the Levant this interview is a must-listen. The link is from John Burgess. Totally credible source. If he says it's important, then it's important.
Professor Gause of the University of Vermont speaks his mind in a very candid and clear phone interview that explains some of the intricacies of the mess we have managed to get tangled up with in Iraq.
He's not arguing and neither am I. It is plain that the consequences of a rapid US withdrawal from Iraq has regional implications to which most people, both supporters and opponents of the occupation, do not give enough weight.
Surprise! The price of oil is on the list.
So, too, is thinly-veiled blackmail on the part of the Saudis to put their money where their arms aren't but others are: Sunni militias and the like.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Posted by Hoots at 9:16 PM