President Donald Trump speaks with Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, during their meeting Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
By Katrina Trinko, Daniel Davis, Daily Signal,
A major attack on Saudi oil production is stoking tensions in the Middle East. Heritage Foundation expert Peter Brookes discusses what happened, and what it means for the region and the United States. Read the lightly edited interview, pasted below, or listen on the podcast: https://www.dailysignal.com
Daniel Davis: We are joined now in the studio by Peter Brookes. He is a senior research fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.
Peter, thanks for joining us.
Peter Brookes: Good to be with you.
Davis: So, initial reports out of Saudi Arabia were that a drone attacked the oil facilities over there, but more recently we’ve heard that it was actually a missile strike combined with drones.
Most recently we’ve heard that these actually came directly from Iran. I want to get to that in a minute, but first, what do we know for sure about what happened?
Brookes: That a huge Saudi Arabian oil facility was attacked. Right now, that’s what we know.
This is the world’s largest oil facility. It decreased their production by 25%, affecting probably 5% of global oil production. ….