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The Great U.S. Game Plan In The Caucasus.

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posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 05:00 AM
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The U.S.-educated Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili said, “This is not about Georgia anymore. It is about America, and its values.” Faraway in Beijing, U.S. President George W. Bush promptly agreed.

Much has been written about the Russian ‘invasion’ of Georgia and made the former a favorite whipping boy. I have in this article tried and put things in the correct perspective, and perhaps help clear up much of the fog of misinformation people have been fed by Washington and the Western press.

Georgia, the main U.S. ally in the Caucasus Region, launched a major ground and air offensive to seize control of South Ossetia recently, prompting Russia to send in tanks and hundreds of troops. Georgia imposed martial law after Russian warplanes began bombarding military bases.

How and why did this happen?

Background

The Caucasus region consists of the new independent states of the Southern Caucasus which include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Russian federal region of the Northern Caucasus, including war-torn Chechnya.


Courtesy: Wordpress.

In the post-Soviet period, it has become one of the most volatile and potentially unstable regions in world where big power politics has generated popular dissatisfaction and political instability due to:

• The fragile state structures.

• A series of unresolved secessionist conflicts.

• Widespread poverty.

• The existence of hydrocarbon reserves of the Caspian basin, attracting significant great power competitive engagement, resulting in the United States and the Russian Federation pursuing assertive regional policies in the Caucasus.

The questions of access to the oil and natural gas reserves of the Caspian, Russia’s role in the geopolitical space of the former Soviet Union, the Western military role in the unstable regions along the Russian Federation’s southern flank, and strategies for pursuing a war on terrorism, all have the potential to become serious apples of discord.

The U.S. Game Plan.

US Geopolitical Objectives

For starters, Saakashvili is a progeny of the “Colour revolution” in Georgia, which was financed and stage-managed by the U.S. in 2003. Georgia and the Caucasus constitute a critically important piece of real estate for the U.S. since it straddles a busy transportation route for energy, and can be used as a choke point.

Therefore, keeping it within its sphere of influence is highly advantageous for U.S. geopolitical interests in the region. A rollback of Russian influence therefore becomes a desirable objective.

The NATO Factor

A conflict in the Caucasus suits Washington’s strategic imperatives, which strengthens Washington’s long standing case for inducting Georgia into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]. It is imperative that the Bush administration overcomes the resistance within the NATO on Georgia’s membership, ahead of the meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers in December, which will also be the last major NATO event of the Bush era.


Georgia has been a pet project of the Bush administration, and its induction into NATO makes a fine legacy. Indeed, the strategic implications are far-reaching.


With the induction of Georgia into its fold,

• NATO crosses over to the approaches to Asia.

• The arc of encirclement of Russia gets strengthened. The encirclement of the Eurasian core, which was where the Soviet Union was geographically placed, is still a U.S. objective after the end of the Cold War. The Containment theory may really have been more about “penetration.”

Penetration of the Eurasian core is underway. NATO is a bridgehead from Europe that is pushing towards Russia. In addition, an Asiatic sister-alliance of NATO is being forged against China.


Courtesy: Global Research

• The NATO ties facilitate the deployment of the U.S. missile defense system in Georgia thereby increasing Russia’s threat perceptions .

• The U.S. aims to have a chain of countries tied to “partnerships” with NATO brought into its missile defense system — stretching from its allies in the Baltic and Central Europe, Turkey, Georgia, Israel, India, and leading to the Asia Pacific.

According to the National Defence Strategy Document issued by the Pentagon on July 31, 2008, Washington’s perceptions of a resurgent Russia and a rising China as potential adversaries includes the ultimate U.S. objective of neutralizing their strategic capabilities and to establish its nuclear superiority.

The Grand Design


This is part of the project to create three strategic fronts against Russia and China. Pressure will be exerted from NATO in the western end of Eurasia, while in the Middle East there is a strong NATO presence and a “Coalition of the Moderate” is being formed and armed, which will eventually become a de facto extension of NATO.


Courtesy: Global Research.

The arming of Saudi Arabia and the Arab Sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf is directly linked to the inward penetration of Eurasia from the Middle East via Iran. While NATO exerts pressure from Europe and the Middle East, Japan and Australia will do the same from the eastern end of Eurasia. Russia, Iran, and China are all being addressed through three Eurasian fronts.


Russia: A Catch 22 Situation

To pursue its geopolitical agenda keeping the Grand Design in mind, Washington’s desire is to get Russia bogged down in the Caucasus to attenuate Russia’s capacity to counter the American Grand Design (As brought out above). But Moscow dreads a full-blown war erupting in the Caucasus and is averse to a confrontation with the West.
But:

• If Moscow accedes to the long-standing demand by South Ossetia to become part of the Russian Federation, it becomes fodder for Western criticism that a “revanchist” Kremlin is bent on annexing territories, and provides an excuse for further expansionism of the US sphere of influence.

• If Moscow remains passive, the Caucasus could become Russia’s “bleeding wound”, diminishing its prestige and potential to a great degree, permitting indirectly the Arc Of Encirclement.

AS can be seem above, it is not a simple case of Russia invading Georgia for territorial compulsions. It is a strategic imperative to maintain its influence and domination in this volatile region to avoid the trap of encirclement, resulting in a direct military threat to Russia.

As an epilogue, I would like to mention a fact that few know. In 1991, South Ossetia was promised independence from the Soviet Union, and the Georgian Republic. However, when Georgia became independent it saw an opportunity to grab some land, and the terminals for two major oil pipelines. Since Georgia is essentially bankrupt and an economic basket case, they saw this as a viable option.

The rest is history.





Refs:
www.defenselink.mil...
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www.globalsecurity.org...
www.hindu.com...




posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 06:21 AM
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This book should be required reading:

Zbignew Brzezinski - "The Grand Chessboard - American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives" 1997
see: www.scribd.com...


Note:
+Brzezinski is Obamas 'Advisor', mentor, strategist....
+PNAC, neocons, et al... have based their world dominion models on 'The Great Game' & the later 'The Grand Chessboard' for decades already.
+central Eurasia (rather than the middle east) is the focus point in the Brzezinski 'Grand Chessboard'


but...
the middle east (in The Grand Game) is also progressing nicely in the eyes of the USA because, as we speak, the ink is still wet on the agreement that will place any combination of NATO, American, European soldiers on permanent station in the Israel Negev desert... to monitor and maintain the newest X-Band radar station (to box in Irans missile threats) see: www.israelnationalnews.com...


It seems we are witnessing the closing moves of the current Game of strategy & conquest




P.S. page 75 of the above link [www.scribd.com] mentions Georgia in passing, mostly along with Ukrane, Turkmen..., Ubeki....all those central Asian nations where the resources are rich.



[edit on 17-8-2008 by St Udio]



posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 06:50 AM
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Originally posted by St Udio
It seems we are witnessing the closing moves of the current Game of strategy & conquest


Thanks for the very interesting links!


Is this current game of conquest a part of the Bilderbergs grand strategy of establishing a New World Order?


Bilderberg 2007 served as a consensus-building exercise to decide on a common policy and strategy to deal with Russia's resurgence. In particular, Bilderberg is not at all happy with Russia's current strategy of actively dismantling what remains of "the atmosphere of acquiescence to America's will", in the words of one Bilderberger, which arose in the post-Soviet period and was absolutely crucial to the thriving of US-led unipolarity.


www.nexusmagazine.com...



posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 07:02 AM
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Great post man,

I was talking to a guy last night that told me his brother was working for an unregistered company in the Caspian sea.
They are based in Kazakhstan and in the process of building a tanker based, train oil pipeline system to Iran but are waiting to complete the project because Iran are not on board with it....yet.
This shows more and more that the Georgian conflict was a play by the US to keep Russia subdued by NATO while the US continues usurping power and influence in the middle east. My mate last night pretty much proved that the US are going to do something in Iran to take control of the Energy transportation routes to Kazakhstan and therefore be one step closer to completing the sphere of influence in the region.

Do you think in the end that Russia will eventually be usurped into this, or will NATO just keep it subdued through multiple possible invasion fronts?



posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 07:43 AM
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Originally posted by Dermo
Do you think in the end that Russia will eventually be usurped into this, or will NATO just keep it subdued through multiple possible invasion fronts?


Hard to say at this juncture, but recently, NATO leaders instead gave way to Russian pressure and delayed a decision to put Ukraine and Georgia on track for membership in the Western alliance, despite U.S. President George W. Bush's staunch support.

Russia's determination to protect its borders took a bellicose turn recently, when a top army general vowed to take military action if NATO expands east to include its former Soviet neighbors Georgia and Ukraine.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin also warned that Russia would consider directing its missiles at Ukraine if the neighboring state ever hosted NATO military installations. Going a step further, according to a former Russian Air Force commander, the possible deployment of Russian strategic bombers in Cuba may be an effective response to the placement of NATO bases near Russia's borders.

Will the U.S and NATO call Putin's bluff? I think it would be extremely dangerous to do so. A resurgent Russia will go to any extent to safeguard its supreme national interests.



posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 07:57 AM
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Do you think US did not expect the reply Russia gave to the bombing of Tskhinvali ? It ( Georgia )seems like a valuable pawn to sacrifice if Russia does not withdraw , or the Russians do a regime change US style, incite a coup there that is favourable to Moscow . Therby Russia gaining control of the oil piplines by proxy. If Russia withdraws, they lose everything.. no piplines, maybe less investment in their economy by the west calling it an agressive nation ( which it will now anyway, regardless) . Perhaps an argument that Georgia's entry to NATO be accelerated in light of this Russian 'aggression' .Maybe this supposed 'atmosphere of aquiescence' that the world should subscribe to had fogged their judgement on Russia's response. But if Russia does withdraw , I guess they judged it about right .



[edit on 17-8-2008 by Gun Totin Gerbil]



posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 09:03 AM
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Originally posted by mikesingh
Will the U.S and NATO call Putin's bluff? I think it would be extremely dangerous to do so. A resurgent Russia will go to any extent to safeguard its supreme national interests.


Agreed, Russia is a dark horse, extremely nationalist and can see straight through the western plans to back them into a corner. Putin was and still is a great and intelligent leader for Russia but also viscous and calculating.
It all comes down to whether or not they are intent on a full scale war over the middle east and NATO influence over eastern bloc countries. Its doubtful that they are but it is likely they will flex their military muscle again in the near future.



posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 03:34 PM
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Star & a Flag for you.

Your post reveals the true story behind what is really going on in Georgia. Something you will never see on CNN.



posted on Aug, 17 2008 @ 03:56 PM
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The Putin System


If really you want to know more about russia and putin have a look at this.

www.youtube.com...
Watch them all!



posted on Aug, 31 2008 @ 05:32 PM
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Bump!

This is a great thread, Mike. Very informative.




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