Russia pulled out of Chechnya, ending a fifteen year counter-terrorism operation in what is a less than perfect victory. Russia may disagree, citing that there has not been a single terrorist attack in 2008, and that Chechnya is a developing country that has begun its period of reconstruction. According to the president, Ramzan Kadryov, there are between 50 and 80 rebel fighters left in the mountains. If that's true, then I'm a monkey's uncle. To this day, there are still sporadic clashes in Chechnya, specifically in the neighboring Dagestan and Ingushetia. And the Chechen people claim that Kadryov rules out a fear, a familiar claim in Russian history. President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia claims that Chechnya is now safe enough that roadblock, curfews, and searches are no longer necessary, and that by removing them, he can spur economic growth in the region. Economic growth is the key idea. Russia's economy is faltering, no small feat considering how bad it already was, and with the collapse of the world economy, Russia no longer cares to wage this war. Declaring that they can spur economic growth in the region gives people hope, and a perfect excuse for removing troops from the region. The question remains how many troops will remain, but the Russian pullout will be as swift as they can make it without looking bad in the eyes of the world. The troop pullout is just for show. If President Kadyrov is a vicious as people claim, I doubt that Chechnya will ever change from a police state, and that Russia's latest action will spur any economic growth. Russia just wants out. It is unlikely that Kadyrov will be loyal to Moscow for much longer. He controls his own independent country, which is all he desires. He rules his people through fear, torture and murder. Russia does not care. Chechnya is insignificant right now. In the nineties, when Russia was still very much a world power and were eager to show up the Americans, holding on to every sliver of the Russian state was important. Now, Russia is barely surviving as its economy collapses into nothingness. Americans do not need to worry about Russia. That part of our history is over. We need to turn our attention to China, North Korea, and the Islamic terrorists in the Middle East. The Chinese, the Koreans, and the Islamic terrorist would kill us all and think nothing of it. It is our duty, nay, our necessity, to prevent them. One day Russia may return to its former place as a competing superpower, but not soon, and right now, the United States has much bigger things to worry about. America must focus on North Korea, China, and the Middle East. No other foreign interests matter.