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Pivotal moment: Why US wants deal with Iran

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Which bring us back to the "pivot" theme. The much-hyped US "pivoting to Asia" -- unveiled, significantly, at the Pentagon -- implies allies such as Japan, South Korea and Australia essentially containing China.

That's a long way from happening, and even if it did China will find all sorts of strategic gambits to counteract it. What should be happening first is a pivot by the US itself. Washington/Wall Street elites know that the future of the world economy is in the Asia-Pacific. The 21st is an Asian century. China is already busy integrating the whole of Eurasia -- and Iran, as the key node of Southwest Asia, is a crucial actor.

History always comes up with mysterious ways of playing "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." For Washington, there will be no real pivot to Asia before a pivot to Persia.

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Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. His regular column, "The Roving Eye," is widely read. He is an analyst for the online news channel Real News, the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and (more...)

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I dont understand how the sanctions could have muc... by Paul Easton on Saturday, Nov 16, 2013 at 8:26:58 AM
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