Sunday, October 23, 2011

Walid Phares: The Strategic Situation in the Middle East

An interesting discussion, with Lou Dobbs interviewing Walid Phares. The U.S. could have worked to slow the pace of change in the states of the Arab Spring, especially Egypt. And the U.S. could have countered Iran's influence by negotiating a long-term basing deal deal in Iraq, but we're pulling out now.

The New York Times has some related reports: "Despite Difficult Talks, U.S. and Iraq Had Expected Some American Troops to Stay," and "U.S. Scales Back Diplomacy in Iraq Amid Fiscal and Security Concerns."