Reacting to the Iraq Study Group's report, NPR's "Talk of the Nation" held a round-table discussion with the four experts below. Michael Rubin cites my piece "How Oil Smuggling Greases Violence in Iraq" demonstrating the danger of corruption and oil smuggling in prolongoing the current violence in Iraq. The ISG report realizes the dangers of the financial aspect of the conflict, but it is comes short on integrating that into their recommendations.
Talk of the Nation, December 7, 2006 · Iraqi officials give their reaction to the Iraq Study group report that was released Wednesday. Other advisors to the Iraq Study Group also join us for more discussion of U.S. policies in Iraq.
Shibley Telhami, Advisor to Iraq Study Group, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
Michael Rubin, Resident Scholar the American Enterprise Institute, Former Pentagon policy official and former political adviser to the U.S. occupation authority in Baghdad
Qubad Talabani, The U.S. Representative of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government and the son of Iraq president Jalal Talabani
Faisal Istrabadi, Iraq's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Former deputy to Adnan Pachachi - former Speaker of the Iraq Parliament