Plunger, I wonder about a pull out from Iraq, if the U.S can get Russia onboard. Do you think the U.S and Russia are pondering a long term strategic alliance to control Middle East and subdue China, at the same time?
Spengler--Asia Times--When Grozny Comes to Fallujah
In exchange for a troop presence in Iraq, Russia would obtain a free hand in dealings with the countries of the former Soviet Union. It would gain leverage against a weakening Turkey in the Caucasus and Central Asia.
America's squeamishness in the face of large-scale civilian casualties mystifies the Russians, who know about such things. The remnants of the Chechen resistance have few friends, even among Arab governments. The General Assembly of the United Nations remained mute over the Chechen dead when Russia razed Grozny in 1999, killing or displacing about half of the population of 1 million.http://www.atimes.co...t/FG27Ak01.html
The specter of $100. per barrrel oil, might provoke some kind of reindustrialization of the U.S along with an attempted oil blockade of China. A
bare minimum requirement to accomplish this miracle, would be a very tight relationship with Russia.
This one is for all the marbles,now. And oil at 100.00, in the minds of strategic planners, removes it from the realm of fanciful empire building to one of survival.
Imagine having to use the wobbly crutch of the Russian military to help you limp along economically. Ironic.
This has nothing to do with the eventual "triumph of Communism" but the emergence of twin fascist powers after the cold war and how they react and interact. It will be interesting to watch Russia shore up its power in the next decade. It's in a good position to undermine China AND the U.S, if it's wiley enough.
The chickens have come home to roost. After WW2, the Nazis fascists helped to destroy communism in the western world, working through various institutions, the Cia foremost among them. The Nazis who went to Russia, helped to undermine capitalism in the Soviet sphere, largely through the KGB. But they were playing one side against the other in a game to eventually dominate and we may see a bit of this play out in the next few years. Of course there are many other factors involved, and it hasn't been a simple linear progression from defeat to dominance. But fascism will rule in the future, partly by design, and partly driven by the reality of diminishing natural resources and increasing population. Useless eaters will not be tolerated.
Sorry for the tangent. Please move this to Polistool if it's too long.