August 12, 2014

Obama Is Paving the Way for a Kurdish Oil State

Steve Coll, New Yorker

AP

Obama’s defense of Erbil is effectively the defense of an undeclared Kurdish oil state whose sources of geopolitical appeal—as a long-term, non-Russian supplier of oil and gas to Europe, for example—are best not spoken of in polite or naïve company, as Al Swearengen would well understand. Life, Swearengen once pointed out, is often made up of “one vile task after another.” So is American policy in Iraq.

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TAGGED: Kurdistan, Middle East, ISIS, Peshmerga, ERBIL, Oil, Iraq, Kurdistan Regional Government, Kurdish, Kurds, U.S. Foreign Policy, Barack Obama

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