“Western policy towards this part of the world has been a total failure, in my view. It has not been based on dialogue, understanding, supporting civil society and empowering people, but rather it’s been based on supporting authoritarian systems as long as the oil keeps pumping.”
Twas ever thus. Banana Republics have been replaced by Oil Republics, as US Imperialism makes the world safe for capitalism, our capitalism, that is: black gold, Iraqi tea.
Where oil flows, money grows.