Argument: Regional powers would prefer stability in Iraq to protect their oil industries
- Lesli Gelb. "Would Defeat in Iraq Be So Bad?". Time. Oct. 15, 2006 - "All logic could prove illusory if Iraq's neighbors plunge the region into war. But they, including Iran, desire to avoid the abyss that engulfs their oil production (their only source of funds) and subjects them to internal rebellions. Washington has the diplomatic power to help shape this concern, starting now and including Iran."