From this, it would be a small step for
- The American army in
is doing little to control heroin export; Afghanistan
- Alternative methods for Afghan farmers to earn a living are being ignored.
What, then, might Moscow do if it decided Washington were intentionally subverting Russian society the way the Colombian drug cartels are subverting American society?
The list of Russian options for fighting back seems long enough to merit a bit of contemplation by
- Cut off the recently-approved flow of American military supplies through
into Russia ; Afghanistan
- Work with Tajik contacts both in Tajikistan and the increasingly disaffected Afghan north to separate that part of Afghanistan from the Taliban regions of the Pushtun south to create a buffer zone or just to complicate American plans;
- Focus the Collective Security Treaty Organization,
’s mini-NATO, on building Russian influence in Moscow ; Afghanistan
- Lead a Shanghai Cooperation Organization regional initiative to build a third political force in Afghanistan, independent of both the Taliban and the U.S., perhaps starting with a campaign against large American military bases in Afghanistan that would no doubt attract Chinese interest;
According to a Russian news agency report, a regional conference on
in 2008 concluded: Afghanistan
- Cut a mutually-beneficial two-part deal with its ally
to support increased Iranian influence in regions of Tehran historically and religiously close to Afghanistan already to combat the drug trade that both Iran and Moscow fear. Tehran
What really scares
- from George W Bush to Obama - is the perspective of a Russia-Iran-Venezuela axis. Together, Washington and Iran hold 17.6% of the world′s proven oil reserves. The Russia Persian Gulfpetro-monarchies - de facto controlled by - hold 45%. The Moscow-Tehran-Caracas axis controls 25%. If we add Kazakhstan′s 3% and Africa′s 9.5%, this new axis is more than an effective counter-power to American hegemony over the Arab Washington Middle East. The same thing applies to gas. Adding the "axis" to the Central Asian "stans", we reach 30% of world gas production....
would inevitably turbo-charge the new, emerging multipolar world. Iran and Russia are de facto showing to both China and India that it is not wise to rely on US might subjugating the bulk of oil in the Arab Middle East. Iran
The latter option in particular should be contemplated carefully in
The first possible shift is the “Netanyahu option,” a nuclear strike on
The second possible shift is the “Obama option,” a breakthrough in U.S.-Iranian relations that would stabilize the region and greatly facilitate American efforts to resolve the Iraqi and Afghan conflicts. Although this option would require recognizing
The third possible shift is the “Putin option,” a breakthrough in Russian-Iranian relations at American expense, propelled by mutual concern over the strategic threat of rising American military power in
It would be ironic, to put it mildly, if willingness in