posted on Feb, 28 2007 @ 11:17 PM
With America's influence and safety in the Middle East quickly running out, the U.S. must now shift its eyes north, to Central Asia and the Caspian
Sea. There is a lot of oil and natural gas availiable there, but it poses a very unique challenge for U.S. geostrategy.
Actual physical U.S. influence is impossible. The Central Asian states are landlocked, unlike the Middle East, where the U.S. can access the Persian
Gulf and be within grasp of the incredible oil fields of Iran, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. The only waterway the U.S. can use is the Black Sea, and even
they'd still be hundreds of miles from the main centers of gravity in Central Asia. The U.S. may have forces in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, but with
American influence dwindling, the possibility of U.S. forces establishing a stronger foothold is unlikely.
So, what can the U.S. do? And is this the place to go, or should the U.S. really start giving up on oil and look towards alternative energy and