Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 11:43:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: SFM <fayyaz_mehdi@
Subject: U.S. is waging unsuccessful wars on too many fronts
To: Fayyaz Mehdi <fayyaz_mehdi@
An eye opening analysis for the friends of US in Muslim Communities.
...Please read and reflect.
U.S. is waging unsuccessful wars on too many fronts 4/6/2007 6:45:00 PM GMT
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(Reuters Photo) Bush visits the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in the Californian desert
By: Ashish RoyThe present government of United States led by hard-liner President George W. Bush finds itself in an extricable mess as it wages wars, overt and covert, on too many fronts. Its situation is similar to that of Germany, when it was fighting the allies in Soviet Union and North Africa with an attack on occupied France looming large.While the U.S. is fighting an overt war in Iraq and Afghanistan and regularly threatening Iran it is fighting a covert war to contain Venezuela's influence in Latin America, Russia's hold in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and China's growing clout all over the world.The problem with Bush is that he has failed to realise the impact of high oil prices. In last five years the crude prices have more than tripled as a result of which oil producing nations like Russia, Iran and Venezuela are flush with money.Venezuela was virtually a U.S. colony until Hugo Chavez became the President. Russia too quietly toed the U.S. line until oil money made President Vladimir Putin openly defy the self-styled global supercop.Chavez has insulted Bush in every possible way. He sent cheap heating oil to American poor, which was a big embarrassment for Bush. During the UN General Assembly session he called Bush a devil and got away with it. Recently he held several public meetings in Latin America ahead of Bush's visit openly challenging the U.S.Leftist governments are in power in Bolivia and Ecuador. Right wing governments came to power in Mexico and Peru with a narrow majority.Venezuela is the fifth largest producer of crude in world and the U.S. is one of its big customers. Bush can only chafe at Chavez's antics but he can't do anything simply because his country is addicted to oil. Had U.S. not been overstretched in Iraq it might have tried to engineer a coup de etat in Venezuela.Putin has started flexing his arms and using oil power to reduce the U.S. influence in neighbouring countries. Germany, a strong ally of the U.S., signed a gas supply pact with Russia in spite of U.S. opposition simply because it is cheaper. Many countries of Europe depend on Russian gas for power generation. Ukraine and later Georgia realised the consequences of supporting U.S. when Russia turned off the gas supply.The republics of Central Asia have gradually started walking away from U.S. camp. They are too happy to sell oil to China, which does not tell them how to manage their internal affairs.The U.S. has virtually lost the war in Afghanistan with Taliban almost near Kabul. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has made a complete fool of the U.S. He has used U.S.'s funds on 'War on Terror' to support Taliban. Not only this, he had the gall to promote his book alleging that the U.S. threatened Pakistan to join its 'War on Terror' from the podium of White House.Bush hates Musharraf but can't overthrow him. The next general may be even less compliant.Iraq has become another Vietnam for U.S. There is no way that the U.S. can win the war in Iraq. It is increasingly becoming clear that the U.S. troops will have to leave without fulfilling Bush's goal - installing a puppet government and making millions from Iraqi oil.Faced with all these failures Bush is unnecessarily targeting Iran. The country has every right to develop nuclear weapons. It has not attacked any country over the last 150 years whereas U.S. dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan just to scare the Soviet Union.
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