Merry Christmas, CK, are the Chinese really going to invade, who will be their proxy. Brecher did leave out the attack in 2003 and 2004, some of whom operated from Iranian auspices, and AQAP.

Extrapolating from that last link;

http://pando.com/2013/12/19/the-war-nerd-saudis-syria-and-blowback/

History doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme;

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/12/16/syria-s-saudi-jihadist-problem.html

Say in one of those scenarios that Scott used to spin, for Fox, Wallace instead of Truman had been elected, and Lawrence Duggan or Alger Hiss would have been Secretary of State, they might have pushed to support the Tudeh, probably would not have been powerful enough to topple the Sauds,

Well I've become more skeptical of most of these interventions, over time, in part because of what I found out about what happened in Afghanistan, the first time around, but it is magical thinking to ignore why things happen,

Well Root's ahistorical magical thinking, re Middle East Policy, you will find most of the other European powers followed a similar pattern, for good or ill, the UK along with the US, used the Kingdom as a bulwark against Nasserism, which was in part made possible by Copeland and Eigelberger, who tried the same hat trick with Iraq,

Well. he's never heard of the Marshall Plan, a single statement, can often be the catalyst, John Noble Wilford, in his tale of the Arabist class, Eddy, Penrose Roosevelt, Copeland et al, points out this process,
Mossadegh had angered the Mullahs and the Merchant class, this is why AJAX ultimately worked, Amin's
land reform, triggered a reaction by Ismail Khan, the warlord of Herat, and that trickled down to the Spetznaz strike that capped the invasion of Afghanistan, Cawthorne's legacy, the ISI helped those events along, as had the propagation of Mawdudi's Salafism among the officer corp, typified by Zia, but present in the minds of Gul, and Shah, to cite two examples,

There is somewhat of a precedent with the British retreat from Mesopotamia, which empowered the Ilkwan to move up into Southern Iraq, there is some of that, but the field has mostly moved to Syria, with the ISIS and elements of the Nusra front.

It does appear to be a pattern, of 'redeployment' with little benefit;

http://www.the-american-interest.com/articles/2013/12/13/russias-return-to-the-middle-east/