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Ted Nielsen

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EYES WIDE SHUT The Politics of Energy by James J. Puplava
« on: March 31, 2007, 01:19:48 pm »

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On a cold December afternoon in 2001, a black U.S. Air Force C-17 made its descent over the central plains of Kyrgyzstan. On board was U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Christopher Kelly. The mission:  to set up an American airbase in Kyrgyzstan.[1]  The new base would be one of many U.S. and British military bases placed strategically throughout the region. Kyrgyzstan, like many other nations throughout the area, occupies strategic space on a political chessboard in what has become known as “The New Great Game.” Immortalized by Rudyard Kipling in his turn-of-the-century novel Kim, “the Great Game” described a struggle between the British and tsarist Russian empires over land supremacy in Central Asia. In the 21st century, “the Great Game” has returned; once again great empires are repositioning themselves in an effort to control the Eurasian landmass. At stake are the vast energy reserves of the Middle East and the Caspian Sea, which contain nearly 75% of the world’s oil reserves.

The Great Powers involved—the U.S., China, and Russia—now have troops and personnel based in the region. In Georgia, Russia keeps over sixteen thousand troops with more on the way. As the linchpin country for the export of Caspian oil and gas to Western markets, Georgia has become a mission-critical location for the Russians. If Russia is to profit from the emerging region’s oil boom, it needs to control the strategic ground underneath the pipelines which run through Azerbaijan, Chechnya and Georgia. Chechnya sits on top of considerable oil reserves. Its capital, Grozny, is second in importance to Baku as a one of the biggest oil towns in the former Russian empire.
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Re: EYES WIDE SHUT The Politics of Energy by James J. Puplava
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2007, 09:14:34 pm »

Now you know why russia was so ruthless with the Chechyn Rebels.  Far better to depopulate and immigrate to hang on to those important oil field with in their borders.  If they do ever manage to fully develop, that oil with be a necessity, not just a nice to have.
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Re: EYES WIDE SHUT The Politics of Energy by James J. Puplava
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2007, 10:42:49 pm »

 Thanks for posting this Ted. Very interesting.
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Re: EYES WIDE SHUT The Politics of Energy by James J. Puplava
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2007, 11:36:09 pm »

Thanks, oops, I spent almost two hours reading the footnotes and links!
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