Us Cold Warriors aren’t always the clueless, out of touch dinosaurs we’re misunderestimated as. M K Bhadrakumar has a very interesting piece over at Asia Times which you should read all of, especially this:
US’s Caucasian thrust
Thus, the US has begun developing an altogether new land route through the southern Caucasus to Afghanistan, which doesn’t exist at present. The US is working on the idea of ferrying cargo for Afghanistan via the Black Sea to the port of Poti in Georgia and then dispatching it through the territories of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. A branch line could also go from Georgia via Azerbaijan to the Turkmen-Afghan border.
The project, if it materializes, will be a geopolitical coup – the biggest ever that Washington would have swung in post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus. At one stroke, the US will be tying up military cooperation at the bilateral level with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
We went to Afghanistan to get Osama bin Laden, but that’s not why we stayed. We are still there for a number of good reasons, some of which are difficult to strategically communicate, especially to those elements within our own polity who hate that we’re the Global Hegemon and seek to undermine every effort to keep us at the top of the food chain. The Himalayas, Pamirs and Hindu Kush are Heartland‘s high ground. Lily pads on the roof of the World-Island are clue bats focusing the attention of regional powers and aspiring challengers on our presence in their back yards, and on our capabilities to project pain on to regimes which allow nonstate actors to plot and launch attacks on us from areas these regimes claim to exercise sovereignty over.
I think the United States reacted to the Russo-Georgian War the way we did because we had plans for Georgia.
Maybe our senior leadership was smarter than I gave them credit for. Smarter than their replacements will ever give them credit for.
If there’s going to be a LOGCAP V along that new Cracker Line, send me. What’s the uplift for BF Kazakhstan?
H/T: Amy Zalman