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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 an independent geopolitical analyst. He writes for RT, Sputnik and TomDispatch, and is a frequent contributor to websites and radio and TV shows ranging from the US to East Asia. He is the former roving correspondent for Asia (more...)

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