Are We on the Eve of War? (FREEPOM)

FREEPOM, Geopolitical

Is the US Leading Saudi Arabia Down the Kuwaiti Invasion Road?

By JC Collins

For the first time in a long time I feel concerned and worried about the prospect of war. The reaction of Saudi Arabia to the Russian intervention in Syria has always been the wild card in the shifting geopolitical power base in the Middle East. Turkey and Israel, along with Saudi Arabia are the three countries with the most to lose because of a strong alliance between Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia.

These three traditional American allies have been accustomed to Western support in regards to their own specific regional goals and ambitions. This support has been so staunch and counterproductive to regional stability that the growing comfort and alliance between Iran and the US should be both confusing and worrisome to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Persia and the Petro-euro

Economics, Geopolitical, Premium POM

Iranian Crude and the Multilateral Middle East

By JC Collins

Iran has recently announced that they will be accepting crude debt payments from foreign buyers in euros as opposed to dollars. New crude sales will also be denominated in euros instead of dollars. Many will remember that Iraq began selling crude in euros in the lead up to the American invasion. This fact has been presented as the main reason for that war.

The thought process is that the US most stop other countries from selling crude in anything but the dollar so that it can continue running up budget deficits back home. Though there is some supportive evidence for such a claim, the complexity of the second Iraq war, and any future war, would suggest a more diverse set of circumstances and casus belli for the ensuing death toll and humanitarian crisis.