Putin is rumored to be seeking the same defensive shift in oil partnerships which would favor countries the U.S. would rather they not associate with, but are more compliant to their interests than an increasingly arrogant America. The Bush regime sees the prospect of Russias shifting alliances as threats to the U.S. 'national security'; defensible using the same military force they used to crush Iraq and Afghanistan, merely citing the target country as a threat to national security.
The Bush regime would like nothing more than for Russia and China to be regarded as pariahs in the world community, especially now that their votes will likely be determining factors in Bush's scheme to get a force resolution against Iran out of the U.N.
The Pentagon is set to ask Congress for a $1.6b 'anti-missile' base in Eastern Europe to defend against, what they claim, is a threat to the region from Iran's ballistic missiles.
Cheney visited Kazakhstan a few weeks back to coerce them into bypassing Russia with their oil pipeline and supply the West directly through Turkey. He did this right after trashing the Putin government at a conference in Lithuania, right in the midst of U.S. efforts to punish one of Russia's major oil partners, Iran, for 'unanswered questions' about its nuclear program.
It's not clear what Cheney got from Kazakhstan, but today it was reported that the former Soviet republic has begun to supply China through its pipeline which links the two countries. China, the world's number two oil consumer next to the U.S., is poised to receive 20 million metric tons of oil a year.
The Bush regime would be more than satisfied to isolate Russia, and China as well, with a manufactured pall of suspicion and fear, making oil-producing nations reluctant to do business with them out of fear of U.S. retaliation.
The 'Chinese military buildup' reports from the Pentagon, which have surfaced in the past week, are old and deliberately released to discredit China, isolating them and their vote in advance of the Security Council action against Iran that the Bush regime has been pushing for and expects as early as June.
The weapons systems the Pentagon and US analysts are citing are no secret and have been under development for years. There is no surprising new threat.
The Financial Times reported today that, "it was unclear what aspects of Beijings development of its nuclear missile forces had surprised US analysts. The report merely cited information about the introduction of new weapons such as the solid-fuelled, road-mobile DF-31 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which has been under development for decades.
The level and intensity of our government's manipulation are astounding, and should give a pause to those who continue to let the Bush regime set the agenda at the U.N.
And, it meshes with their fear campaign which gives Bush his only relevance as our chimp commander and allows him to continue to brandish the specter of national security as he subverts our constitution and our laws.
Be very afraid . . . of the Bush regime and their destabilizing propaganda. Do they want a new cold war? They're angling for one. These brainless, unschooled megalomaniac see a short term plus in their agenda to isolate Iran and those who would dare to trade with them.