"Weirdly, us going into Iraq, energy prices tripled; it tripled
the price of a barrel of crude, which has poured so much money into the
coffers of these regimes that they’ve been able to sustain themselves a
little bit longer. They were going down; they were running out of
money. And now, they’re like so loaded. Imagine if you could triple
your Gross National Product overnight. They’re like ‘Go Bush! Go baby!
Go Iraq, go Syria, go Iran! Keep it rollin! Let’s see if we can
quintuple it, sextuple it!’" From part one of a two-part interview with Stephen Gaghan, writer/director of Syriana.