Juan Cole publishes an amazing article translated by the USG Open Source Center. The original comes from Moscow Vremya Novostey in Russian — a Liberal, small-circulation paper that sometimes criticizes the government. What’s surprising is the “liberal paper” suggesting Russian diplomatic moves to counter American “Encirclement”.
For instance, Moscow could strengthen its military-technical ties with Syria and launch negotiations on the reestablishment of its military presence in Cuba. However, the most serious step which the United States and especially Israel fear (incidentally, Israel supplied arms to Georgia) is hypothetical revision of Russia’s foreign policy with regard to Iran. A strategic alliance presuming the signing of a new large-scale military political treaty with Iran could change the entire geopolitical picture of the contemporary world.
New allied relations may result in the deployment of at least two military bases in strategic regions of Iran. One military base could be deployed in the north of the country in the Iranian province of Eastern Azerbaijan and the other one in the south, on the Island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. Due to the base in Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan Russia would be able to monitor military activities in the Republic of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and share this information with Iran.
The Mind boggles at how incompetant Bush, Cheney and Rice are. The evidence is beginning to look like Cheney actually gave the Georgians aid and advisors in their raid on South Ossetria. Pretty soon we will know who Michael Lee White is. This could be a very interesting story.