Russia has recently ramped up its oil production ability by renationalization and modernizing its oil infrastructure, making policy changes inline with its geopolitical goals in worldwide oil distribution. Russia has received a tremendous boost in state cash flows as money and gas revenues account for 52 percent of all state revenues, and more than 35 percent of Russia's exports.
This new strategy by the Obama administration can be loosely tied to the Russia versus Republic of Georgia military clash in August of 2008. The Bush administration had invested millions in military technology and training for Georgian troops, while supporting the major oil companies in their bid to control pipelines in the Republic of Georgia. The clash was certainly a blow to the Bush administration in terms of control of the Caspian Basin oil region in Russia's backyard. This conflict was the result of a skirmish for control of energy resources in the region. It was not, or never will be, a battle for democracy, as portrayed by the Bush administration. When the last bombs where dropped, Russia came out the winner in this round, and now is the de facto power broker in the region. Recently, it is now confirmed, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a secret visit to Moscow to meet with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. There is certainly a lot to talk about, since Russia signed a contract a few years ago to sell S-300 Anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. In addition, Russia is building the Bushehr nuclear power plant that many scientists claim is supporting Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons. In addition, with the new revelations that Iran has an underground bunker system, capable of a covert military purpose, new strategies will be employed by the superpowers to deal with this incognito military structure. Although Medvedev claims Israel is not planning to attack Iran, it remains to be seen what the outcome of this meeting will reveal. It is apparent that new alliances will be formed, and new power brokers will arise, all propelled by Bush's ill-advised scheme to provoke war in this region for energy resources. One must realize that the oil reserves in the Caspian Basin region are estimated to be in the 200 billion barrel range. Obama's new strategy may be just what the region needs, as recent events have shown, but his theme for the region is the same as his predecessor, George Bush. Nevertheless, governments usually do the opposite of what the corporate controlled media feed the public. Therefore, it is safe to say that Iran is in play. A military solution to this new problem is already on the table. Iran will be attacked and invaded in the near future. The umbrella of democracy will be held over the Iranian people, while its economy will be consumed, and its oil and gas fields privatized to the highest bidder, while thousands of soldiers will be stationed in every major Iranian city.
The geopolitical ramifications of invading Iran will drastically change the oil producing nexus of the region. Whoever invades Iran, will score the coup of the century. Iran is the geographic nexus of the Caspian Basin region oil producers, and any country that controls Iran, can now bleed the Caspian Basin countries dry with oil distribution to the world, through Iran, with the profits in the $trillions. It is reasonable to say that no matter what Iran does in the near future, concerning its nuclear ambitions, the superpowers have already decided Iran's fate, purely because it has massive oil and gas supplies, and because of its geographic position in the Caspian Basin. This is not about democracy, not about freeing a people from a dictator, but purely about energy control.
The new status as premiere oil supplier to the world will certainly empower Russia in many military and geopolitical ways, but it is important to note that the USA spends more that $500 billion dollars a year on defense spending and military intelligence. The entire 2004 GDP of the Russian Federation was approximately $613 billion dollars. China, now classified by the Pentagon as a growing power, spent less than $30 billion dollars on defense spending in 2004. It is also important to note that the USA accounts for approximately 50 percent of all global defense spending, estimated at $950 billion dollars. In every global geographic war theater, the USA now has a clear preponderance over other national powers. However, the exact amount spent on the invasion and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq by the USA remains unclear, as this military spending has been concealed from the USA's populace, in an intentional manner, to conceal the real motive behind the economic collapse of the USA's banking and Wall Street constructs. Some estimates of annual military spending for both Afghanistan and Iraq are as high as $1.8 trillion per year, and these occupations have lasted more than 6 years, leaving a national debt of over $12 trillion dollars for the 2009 fiscal year.
The United States primary interests in Afghanistan are the oil distribution pipelines and the opium trade. The oil transit routes begin in the Caspian Basin region and snake through Afghanistan to the Arabian Sea. The only interest in Iraq is crude oil. Iraq has the world's second largest oil reserves, and this massive reservoir is now under control of the Pentagon.
What the Middle East, and the Caspian Basin region needs, is a regional comprehensive energy plan that will benefit all nations of the world. A military solution by the large developed nations jeopardizes large portions of the population. The recent recession, poverty, and famine the world is experiencing is a result of the United States vying for a lead position around the world, to covet oil supplies, by the use of military force, disguised as a superhero fighting terrorists. The lie that is perpetuated by the corporate media must stop. The one salient feature of the human species is its ability to slaughter one another. Given that fact that humans are mammals, and predators, the species, with all of their science and education, have never really climbed from the primordial ooze that made them.