U.S. Searches for Alternative to Central Asian Base

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    Lycurgus Who is Obama, really...??

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    Obama is slowly discovering why Afghanistan is not like Iraq. Slowly discovering the differences between the military options and strategies, along with the economic and social ones.

    He now faces a real problem. His own problem to solve. He will have to also deal with Russia on this.

    For me this is a issue worth watching to begin to measure our new president with.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/world/europe/05kyrgyz.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss


    U.S. Searches for Alternative to Central Asian Base

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration scrambled Wednesday to come up with an alternative to a crucial United States air base in Central Asia, used to supply the growing military operation in Afghanistan, after the president of Kyrgyzstan ordered the American base in his country closed.
     
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    Actually, one day later Russia has decided to allow transport of non military goods through their territory, which will have profound positive effects of the logisitics of Nato operations there. As I doubt that Obama can/could convince Russia to do this in a day, I figure the Russian want to show "We are the Boss" in the area, without making the tasks in Afghanistan to difficult.

    From the Russian point of view, any US soldier in Afganistan/Irak is nice since they are effectivly "tied up" (US soldier in lets say Georgia would be much more annoying), even better they are fighting a common foe, and, if they are "tied up" under Russia logistical mercy, it opens the possibility for some severe diplomatic power plays by Russia in the future (from "Stop Bitching about Human rights NOW" to "No, you wont Invade Iran" and most importantly "Trust me, Poland does not need a Missle shield and the Ukraine does not need Nato membership either").

    A very unpleasant situation for Obama/the USA, but one he did not cause.

    The only thing I dont get is why Russia did not do that earlier. Maybe the estimated that Bush would have been more likely to "quit" Afghanistan, which Obama cant, but that would be a wild speculation.
     
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    Why it might have been a good idea if US had elected someone, Dem or Rep with experience:

    AFP: Kyrgyzstan base 'vital' to US-Afghan mission: White House

     
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    What Russia did here was more or less textbook Realpolitik, get significant influence for no hard price (so, the US may be slightly pissed. Yes we care lol!). They would have done that regardless of who was in office.

    Given that the decision of the local parliament was "bought" by giving the country in question a 2 Billion credit, the entire matter was likely set up before Obama was inaugareted.
     

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