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US standing in Caspian drips away

By M K Bhadrakumar


On Sunday, en route to Astana, Kazakhstan, after a "very nice trip to India", US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters accompanying her, "I just wish I could have stayed longer in India". New Delhi must be one of a handful of capitals where officials from the George W Bush administration receive an expectant welcome, and the doomsday warnings emitted from New York and Washington do not seem to matter.

But there was another reason for Rice's trepidation as her jet descended to Astana - US influence and prestige in Central Asia and the Caspian region has again plummeted. Rice realizes there is hardly any time left to retrieve lost ground, and the Bill Clinton administration's legacy in the Caspian and Central Asia has largely dissipated. Central to this has been the failure of the Bush administration to handle relations with Russia. The stocktaking

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Added: Oct-12-2008 
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  • Hey instead of letting politicians taking lavish vacations, they can use that money to help pay the national debt!

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  • Wow. It took me almost 2 seconds to scroll down that video description. What a waste of my time. Where are the insurgents exploding into glowing lumps on an Apache gun camera?!!

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  • No fear bro, Obama will handle new relations with Central Asia much more productively and will not allow Kremlin to isolate.

    Respects to Russians-

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  • Maybe Sarkastic could threaten more sanctions .

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  • Ha ha, world order, yeah, I hear ya. A long slog, but not unimportant. Don't think I am able to comprehend the whole enchilada, but maybe some of it. Sounds like we are in a seller's market for central asian petro resources. No real surprise there. We in the USA have pissed away a lot of our bargaining power, but not all. start thinking about Iran, they aren't all crazy there!

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  • Next war: War for Natural Gas.

    NeoConservatives are placing their chess pieces on Democratic Party after ruining Republican Party with War for Oil.

    Oil has peaked and what has been discovered so far is running out fast.

    Cheers to those who'll perish.

    I'm doing my best to make NeoConservatives' lives difficult, but one man can do so much.

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  • If the EU wants energy independence from the Russian Federation let them get it on their own. The so- called war on terrorism is really about oil to a large degree, but that oil is not for U.S. consumption. The EU is wealthy and powerful in their own right and I am sick of this never-ending war by proxy. Go ahead, keep blaming Israel for every action the U.S. takes in this part of the world. The sneaky underhanded Jews are easy to blame for everything, right ? The truth is easy to see; just foll More..

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