Monday, April 08, 2002

Iraqi Musings- The conventional wisdom that we need other Arab and European support to go into Iraq, thus the Powell trip. We can do with just the British and the Turks, with access to a southern base in Kuwait. I don't think we need the Saudis to do an attack on Iraq. Doing something with the Saudi's help wouldn't hurt, but we don't need to kiss their brass ring. Den Beste pointed out today that the Iraqi move to cut off oil shipments hurts them more than it does us. The rest of the oil-producing countries can kick production up a notch in a few weeks if prices start to jump too high. The Turks liked the fee revenue from an Iraqi pipeline and weren't happing about losing that revenue in that war. With the oil stopped unilaterally, that will make Turkey easier to bring on board.

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