Reese Erlich on Saudi Arabia’s expanding role in the Middle East - The Scott Horton Show (12/04/2017)

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Reese Erlich joins Scott to discuss Saudi Arabia and their new de facto King, Mohamed Bin Salman, the story behind Lebanon prime minister Saad al-Hariri’s resignation and subsequent un-resignation, and the deep discord in Trump’s state department over it all. Erlich and Scott then discuss Trump’s heightened tension with Iran, how the Iraq War was a major gift to the Iranians, and why the concern for control of the global oil supply has determined much of U.S. foreign policy. Lastly, Erlich discusses the situation in Yemen. Reese Erlich is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect. Erlich’s revised edition of his book ”The Iran Agenda” will be published in 2018. In the meantime read his work at his website and follow him on Twitter. Discussed on the show: * Mohammad bin Salman * Confessionalism * “The Unresignation of Saad al-Hariri” (Slate) * Hassan Nasrallah * “Did Kushner Keep Tillerson in the Dark on Saudi-Lebanon Move?” by Mark Perry (The American Conservative) * “Jared Kushner, Mohammed bin Salman, and Benjamin Netanyahu Are Up to Something” (Foreign Policy) * “Long Divided, Iran Unites Against Trump and Saudis in a Nationalist Fervor” (New York Times)

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