The Current Gulf Crisis: Implications for U.S. Policy
Zakheim, Dov S.
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEZakheim has held positions including Duputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources; Assistant Under Secretary of Defense; Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense. He also holds degrees from both Oxford and Columbia Universities.SUMMARY He spoke about how US policy has since 1979 been driven by the Carter Doctrine of preparing to stop any Soviet invasion of Iran. Then came the Iran-Contra arms deal, sharply undercutting US credibility in the region. Current overreaction is our effort to recover credibility with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and others. That West European states have decided to join the US in the Gulf is good, on several counts. Further, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia help us quietly. But our Middleast policy is greatly in need of overhauling. The USSR is not going to invade Iran. We are spending more to protect oil than the oil being shipped is worth. The USSR is increasingly in the role of brokering a peace in the Iran-Iraq war.