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#1 ¬"It¬'s in our national interests to help maintain stability in Afghanistan,¬" he [Putin] continued.
Doublespeak. He and Obama (lecturer-in-chief) are meant for each other. What has Russia done to maintain stability in Afghanistan? They are hated in Afghanistan; maybe staying out is good for Afghan stability.
Posted by JohnQC 2012-04-15 11:11||
#2 It's in Russia's interest that Afghanistan be stable, most certainly. However, it is also in Russia's interest that they not be involved, at least militarily.
Posted by trailing wife 2012-04-15 13:31||
#3 ...at the same time to disrupt or destroy the drug traffic from the area that they are suffering the effects of.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-04-15 14:28||
#4 Read The Great Game, Russia and Afghanistan goes back a long ways. These Kahnites and Stans were responsible for enslaving a large number Russian peoples back in the day, basically as soon as the Mongols were ousted as the mussels were undeterred in the great pastime of abduction and slave trading.
That said, Russia and the West have been sparring this area for a while as well. I'm sure they would love for us to be effective without winning.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-04-15 15:10||
#5 I'm sure they'd love to make us lose and simultaneously sue us for losing.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-04-15 16:39||