Who lost Kyrgyzstan?

posted at 5:59 pm on February 19, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The new administration just got an object lesson in power politics, and now has given Russia control over the supply lines to the biggest effort in the war on terror.  Just when Barack Obama announced an increase in troop levels in Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz parliament almost unanimously backed President Bakiyev’s decision to evict the US out of Manas AFB, a key part of our lines of communication into Afghanistan.  Now the US will likely have to rely on Russia to move troops and materiel, putting Vladimir Putin in charge of the NATO operation:

The Kyrgyz parliament voted Thursday to force the U.S. military to abandon its air base here — part of what many say is a Kremlin-backed initiative — posing a severe setback to American efforts in Afghanistan.

The vote, a resounding 78-1, signaled that Kyrgyzstan’s government is ready to follow through on its president’s threat to close the Manas Air Base.

Now that the parliament has passed the measure, all that remains is for President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to sign it and his government to issue an eviction notice giving the Americans 180 days to pack up.

This should have been an easy move for the Obama administration.  They needed to outbid the Russians, who are now cash-poor after the collapse in oil prices over the last six months.  Instead, as comments from the Kyrgyz parliament make clear, the US waffled around until they ran out of time for a counteroffer.

How easy was this for Putin?  He wants leverage against NATO expansion to include Georgia and Ukraine.  With energy prices crashing, he can’t afford to cut off Europe any more.  This move was as clear to see as anything else on the Great Game table.  NATO’s most vulnerable in its supply lines into Afghanistan, and Kyrgyzstan holds the key.  Putin offers to give NATO some supply lines, and then makes sure he has the only paths possible for resupply by buying out the Kyrgyzstan government.

A child could have seen this coming.  After Putin played the card two weeks ago, the Obama administration still could have responded by upping the ante.  Instead, for some reason, Obama sat on his hands and allowed himself to get punked by Putin:

One Kyrgyz parliament member seemed to suggest that the small country — with a population of some 5.3 million — would take what it could get.

“Our government has the full right, without explaining anything, to terminate this agreement,” said Alisher Sabirov, a deputy with the president’s party. “Our friends are not those who are stronger, but those who help us.”

Of course, and our side should have understood that.  It sounds as though we’re seeing the replay of the Carter administration in losing friends and influence on the foreign stage.


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Now the US will likely have to rely on Russia to move troops and materiel, putting Vladimir Putin in charge of the NATO operation

I won!

PootyPoot on February 19, 2009 at 6:01 PM

Bama is hard-wired to play to those who seek our destruction. He and Michelle have hated this country for a long time…

Harry Schell on February 19, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Obama sat on his hands and allowed himself to get punked by Putin

And it won’t be the last.

Obama does not know how to play this game.

The only game Obama knows is pandering to his base.

izoneguy on February 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Let’s see, who is Secretary of State….

Wethal on February 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Now that the parliament has passed the measure, all that remains is for President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to sign it and his government to issue an eviction notice giving the Americans 180 days to pack up.

Or….what?

Seriously, how did the 70s return so quickly?

amerpundit on February 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM

As the t-shirt says with Obama face “Welcome Back Carter”.

RobCon on February 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM

This move was as clear to see as anything else on the Great Game table….A child could have seen this coming.

But not a child emperor. He banked on his Messianic powers to heal the world. His logic:

I’m the Messiah, saviour of the world.
Kyrgyzstan is part of the world.
Therefore, no problems.

It’s just a tiny step, ahead of so much more and dire to come.

Entelechy on February 19, 2009 at 6:05 PM

good job Obambi and Shillery. Wait…Where is Shillery?

cobrakai99 on February 19, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Let’s see, who is Secretary of State….

Wethal on February 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM

The smartest woman in the world, of course.

Entelechy on February 19, 2009 at 6:06 PM

So where’s the exit plan , mr Present.

the_nile on February 19, 2009 at 6:06 PM

How easy was this for Putin? He wants leverage against NATO expansion to include Georgia and Ukraine.

And leverage for Poland and the Baltic states. Next up will be leverage for Alabama and Mississippi. You can keep Louisiana.

PootyPoot on February 19, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Someone smarty than me tell me why we have not built a large airbase in Afghanistan? Or why that is not a posibility.

WashJeff on February 19, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Who needs ‘em? Their potassium is far inferior to that of glorious Kazakhstan!

Grafted on February 19, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Lets put some bases in Georgia.

Rick007 on February 19, 2009 at 6:08 PM

I thought Obama was going to improve “The World’s” view of us?

So, alienating key allies is a good start, I guess.

Techie on February 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM

How easy was this for Putin?

To say The Messiah is outclassed against Putin is like saying preschool kids shouldn’t play dodge ball with eighth graders.

Hit him with one of your olive branches there Pres.
Yeah that’s it piss off the bear, we’ll see what your made of.

Speakup on February 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Putin puttin Obama in his place?

ObamatheMessiah on February 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM

78-1?

Someone’s getting a “talking to”.

Abby Adams on February 19, 2009 at 6:11 PM

78-1?

Someone’s getting a “talking to”.

Abby Adams on February 19, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Specter!

WashJeff on February 19, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Good job, Ogabe, you frackin’ lightweight. Now Putzin can wait for any surge we might create to be in full swing and suddenly decide that U.S. supply trucks don’t have the proper tire pressures or something so they can’t use Russian roads.

Rove was right, so effin right; these retards are winging it and have zero idea what to do.

The other good news: Canada will their remove troops from Afghanistan next year.

Bishop on February 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

A child could have seen this coming. After Putin played the card two weeks ago, the Obama administration still could have responded by upping the ante. Instead, for some reason, Obama sat on his hands and allowed himself to get punked by Putin:

And yet the child (AKA filthy liar) didn’t have a clue. Get used to it in this “Error of Change.” All that is left for the filthy liar to blame Bush and Secretary Gates for the filthy liar’s shortcomings.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Putin is playing chess, Obama is playing checkers.

trailortrash on February 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Lets put some bases in Georgia.

Rick007 on February 19, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Only if I get bases in the other Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii, Alaska, the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts and Kalifornigone. That’s my deal. What do you want to bet that I won’t win?

PootyPoot on February 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

In the first month on his new job Mr. Obama hasn’t been in the office enough to take any calls, much less make any. That will not change until the gloss on his new toy, Air Force One, wears off.

A little vacation at Camp David, a dinner date in Chicago on Valentines Day, campaign townhall junkets to Peoria, Ft. Meyers, Denver and Pheonix just doesn’t leave a guy much time to shoot hoops, much less govern.

In light of all that there are things that will simply tend to fall through the cracks.

Yoop on February 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM

This is what happens when you elect an inexperienced empty suit as President.

Elections have consequences. Anyone want to start a countdown to the 2010 elections? =)

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Putin is playing chess, Obama is playing checkers.

trailortrash on February 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Checkers is beyond the intellectual ken of the filthy liar. Putin is playing chess, Obama is playing Go Fish.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM

The Obama administration will be able to use this development later on this summer when US casualties suddenly increase as yet another reason why he had to abandon Afghanistan; the war was lost because we had no resupply route.

Skandia Recluse on February 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Putin is playing chess, Obama is playing Go Fish.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 6:14 PM

HEY, let the man eat his waffles.

the_nile on February 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM

To say The Messiah is outclassed against Putin is like saying preschool kids shouldn’t play dodge ball with eighth graders.

Speakup on February 19, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Never send a boy to do a man’s job. Just wait till we have our winner take all Judo match.

PootyPoot on February 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Played like a fiddle.

Hussein is out of his league.

BardMan on February 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

If we move supplies and equipment through Georgia to Azerbaijan, across the Caspian and then either through Turkmenistan or a combination of Kazakstan and Uzbekistan, we can still get material in without Russia and have an excuse to protect the supply lines through Georgia.

Naturally, the Russians could buy off Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan but hopefully we would be more successful next time.

KW64 on February 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Good lord. That sound you just heard was NATO’s spine snapping in half. President Obama is already plumbing the depths of new and creative ways to geld our military efforts. What say you, Barack? Give 17,000 troops with one hand, and pimp-slap them with the other?

Blackfive’s head just exploded.

Flyover Country on February 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Perhaps a base in Afghanistan is Gates decision.

getalife on February 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

But have you seen Ogabe’s nifty jacket and nifty new plane?

They’re nifty.

Bishop on February 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Since this was primarily about who greased the Kyrgs more, Obama can just claim that he was trying to do right by the US taxpayers and that whole new era of financial responsibility thing. War, shmor… he wasn’t going to spend money irresponsibly.

myrenovations on February 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM

I honestly wonder if Teh One can point to Kyrgyzstan on a map, without any help.

Anna on February 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Smart Power Inaction

Christien on February 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I won!

PootyPoot on February 19, 2009 at 6:01 PM

If things don’t change, winning will become so easy for you over the next few years that you’ll beg for a worthy adversary.

In response, we’ll elect Obama for another 4 years.

Then we’ll be the winners….err…wait….no….dangit!

JadeNYU on February 19, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Putin is playing chess, Obama is playing checkers.

trailortrash on February 19, 2009 at 6:13 PM

I am playing martial arts, Obama is playing Hokey-Pokey.

PootyPoot on February 19, 2009 at 6:21 PM

You put your left foot in,
You put your left foot out,
You put your left foot in, and you shake it all about!

You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

Cheshire Cat on February 19, 2009 at 6:24 PM

I honestly wonder if Teh One can point to Kyrgyzstan on a map, without any help.

Anna on February 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM

I certainly couldn’t though I could get in the correct general area.

I do know they say “Salaam atsyzby” (the sounds are mostly right though the spelling is completely wrong) and have a cabbage-stuffed bread dish because I did a presentation on them in 10th grade (’97)….

Now I can add “Sell their loyalty to highest bidder” to the list of things I know about them. This will come in handy in the near future when we’re working to repair all the damage President Obama is doing.

JadeNYU on February 19, 2009 at 6:24 PM

issue an eviction notice giving the Americans 180 days to pack up.

Let’s see your porkulus save those jobs, Barry! Even JKF is spinning as a result of this move. Idiot.

Grafted on February 19, 2009 at 6:24 PM

It may be childish but I hope the AF levels the base before they leave.

katiejane on February 19, 2009 at 6:26 PM

It sounds as though we’re seeing the replay of the Carter administration in losing friends and influence on the foreign stage.

…while he’s inviting comparisons to Lincoln and is quoting FDR, the closest presidential parallel, mark my words, between Obama and another occupant of the White House will be with James Earl Carter…except that Carter, now a transparent antisemite, was, during his tenure, not so transparent an opportunist as is our current headache-on-the-Potomac.

…this also shows the wisdom of selecting to head State a woman whose only real accomplishment has been riding her husband’s coattails to safe seats of power…when her husband no longer has any coattails, as in 2008, she falls flat on her face. The problem is going to prove to be her grabbing at the body politic to slow her descent or to cushion the blow….

…but not to worry…their pet, the press, will redefine chaos and call it victory….

Puritan1648 on February 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM

Let’s see your porkulus save those jobs, Barry! Even JKF is spinning as a result of this move. Idiot.

Grafted on February 19, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Well, now we can say the comparisons to JFK are a little more accurate. Getting eaten by the Russian Bear – check!

InCali on February 19, 2009 at 6:27 PM

I honestly wonder if Teh One can point to Kyrgyzstan on a map, without any help.

Anna on February 19, 2009 at 6:20 PM

Obama went to Canada. Great, get all that liberal love from the socialists up there. But let’s never forget this…

Obama has zero credibility on the world stage and America’s top diplomat has little more. Putin and many of the world leaders have had serious careers and are where they are by a lifetime of serious study and effort into being where they are. The filhy liar and Bill Clinton’s second best “ho” are a joke to them as they should well be.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I just hope Gates can do enough to keep us on the right track. He’s in a real tough spot right now.

WisCon on February 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I guess this is Hillary’s bold new “Smart Power” strategy. She must trying to trick ‘em.

Jaibones on February 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Uh… where’s Clinton in all this. Shouldn’t Sec of State advise the Prez in foreign strategery?

kooly on February 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I just hope Gates can do enough to keep us on the right track. He’s in a real tough spot right now.

WisCon on February 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

I just hope that Gates gets out of there before the filthy liar throws him under the bus for the failures of his administration.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 6:29 PM

The great news is that “our allies” love us again, because of Obama, or something.

Jaibones on February 19, 2009 at 6:29 PM

So if this is Carter redux, which embassy of ours gets taken?

Bishop on February 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Shouldn’t Sec of State advise the Prez in foreign strategery?

kooly on February 19, 2009 at 6:28 PM

That would be the blind leading the stupid.

Jaibones on February 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Obama has spent almost all of the time since his coronation jetting around the country running for re-election. In the meantime, the adults who actually run the world have been lining up to give the boy king a spanking. If he would spend half as much time learning what he really needs to know to be the leader of the free (not any more) world as he does playing pretend and ruining this country, he might even be able figure out what else is going on in the world. He’s like a kid with ADD and a new toy that he wants to play with just long enough to break before he gets bored and moves on to something else. Sheesh!

College Prof on February 19, 2009 at 6:31 PM

So if this is Carter redux, which embassy of ours gets taken?

Bishop on February 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM

The British.

the_nile on February 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM

…the odd thing is that, should the inevitable happen, and the Obama Administration take the US down to failure, they and their constituents — those deluded enough to vote for him in the first place — won’t feel badly.

…to them, America deserves failure. If they can provide the lesson, all the better.

…there’s change for ya….

Puritan1648 on February 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM

The Russians play hardball power politics. That’s all they know. And they can sense weakness from this administration.

brak on February 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Someone needs to go all Christian Bale on Hillary and Barry.

Christien on February 19, 2009 at 6:33 PM

HEY, let the man eat his waffles.

the_nile on February 19, 2009 at 6:16 PM

.

Well played!

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Doofus in Chief.

It’s a great pleasure to be here in Iowa – Ottawa.”

getalife, saying “Obama scored big in Ottawa” in 3, 2, 1…

Entelechy on February 19, 2009 at 6:36 PM

They needed to outbid the Russians, who are now cash-poor after the collapse in oil prices over the last six months.

After 1 month of Obama politics WE are cash-poor

GunRunner on February 19, 2009 at 6:36 PM

Going from President of the World to laughingstock has got to be tough on the ego.

sherry on February 19, 2009 at 6:37 PM

This should have been an easy move for the Obama administration. They needed to outbid the Russians, who are now cash-poor after the collapse in oil prices over the last six months. Instead, as comments from the Kyrgyz parliament make clear, the US waffled around until they ran out of time for a counteroffer.

This whole Kyrgyz thing was a discussion in these threads before. Amateurs in pajamas could see this whole thing clearly. On top of it, China is in the process of bailing out Putin.

As I said the other day, they’re playing chess while we’re playing with our …

JiangxiDad on February 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Why is everyone panicking?

O’Biden will simply remind “Putzy” that he was supposed to wait six months before testing the Child Emperor, and that he’ll just have to play nice for a while longer.

VelvetElvis on February 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM

I was stationed at Manas. I can tell you for a fact the AF sunk a TON OF MONEY into that base. We are talking major Dollars. Go “O” Your welcome Russia. You now have one of the nicest bases in the region. Thanks to our tax money. I’m sure someone can google it to find the “reported money spent”.

Indian Outlaw on February 19, 2009 at 6:39 PM

We are being governed/controlled by an American hating elite that is gleefully tearing down American power because power is inherently evil[unless you happen to be a liberal who wields it]when used by a capitalistic and basically freedom loving country. They also do not have a clue what the real world is or how it operates.

retiredeagle on February 19, 2009 at 6:40 PM

Looks like The New Yorker cover of Obama and Michelle in gangsta-mufti mode in the Oval Office was prophetic and not satiric.

profitsbeard on February 19, 2009 at 6:40 PM

That would be the blind leading the stupid.

Jaibones on February 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM

.
Actually, it’s the blonde leading the blind!

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 6:41 PM

Perhaps Kyrgyzstan was looking for more concrete payment then hope and unicorns?

William Teach on February 19, 2009 at 6:42 PM

The days of winging it are over. The party is in progress.

The president, a bright and skilled politician, has plenty of time to recover. The danger is that what we have seen is not an aberration, but the early indications of his governing style. Barack Obama won the job he craved, now he must demonstrate that he and his team are up to its requirements. The signs are worrisome. The world is a dangerous place. The days of winging it need to end.

Entelechy on February 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

A child could have seen this coming.

Ed, so are you saying Obama has less foreign policy experience that a child? Oh wait…you’re right.

Norwegian on February 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

I see all kinds of these stories where Putin is moving things around on a chess table. Before you know it we will be in a check mate and wonder what happened. WAKE UP!!! I didn’t agree completely with McCain, but he at least was aware of other leaders of the world trying to threaten the U.S.

lwssdd on February 19, 2009 at 6:49 PM

PRESENT

right2bright on February 19, 2009 at 6:50 PM

JadeNYU on February 19, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Former Navy linguist here – I know it ’cause I had to.

If I were President, I’d have a map of the world under the glass on my desk. Maybe I’ll send Teh One the map I used to keep at my desk at work…

Anna on February 19, 2009 at 6:50 PM

WashJeff on February 19, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Afghanistan is land locked and we would have to violate another country’s air space to fly in there without permission to do so. We had / have such permission from Pakistan depending on what day of the week it is, but Pakistan is going to hell in a hand basket at the speed of sound, so the Russian agreement meant we no longer needed Pakistan.

So back to square one on the resupply quandry.

Hog Wild on February 19, 2009 at 6:53 PM

This is no gloating matter – does anybody have a timeline of screw ups of this less-than-1-month admin?

Quetzal on February 19, 2009 at 6:56 PM

If disco and leisure suits come back, that’s it I’m out. Not only did the economy suck under the peanut farmer but music and fashion…

Although if four year of Jimmy II usher in Ronald II, I guess I can live with that…

crashland on February 19, 2009 at 6:56 PM

To be honest, I’d take disco and leisure suites of gangster rap and pants hanging halfway down kids buts any day.

William Teach on February 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

A child could have seen this coming.

Ed, so are you saying Obama has less foreign policy experience that a child? Oh wait…you’re right.

Norwegian on February 19, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Why a four-year-old child could have understood this. Qwick, somebody run out and fetch Obama a four-year-old child. He doesn’t seem to be able to make head nor tail out of any of it.
- “Groucho Marx”

MB4 on February 19, 2009 at 7:04 PM

This reminds me of how the Russians literally laughed at JFK and his naive attempt at diplomacy.
Within weeks after meeting with the Russians, they built the Berlin wall, knowing that JFK was such a naive child…now they will do the same to Obama, only I have less confidence in Obama then even JFK.
What a disaster, first the economy and his foolish stimulus, and soon the Russia, then China, then the Middle-East.
I am glad I am over 60 years old, I only have a couple of dozen years, and hopefully some of those I will be incoherent.

right2bright on February 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

It sounds as though we’re seeing the replay of the Carter administration in losing friends and influence on the foreign stage.

This is such a waste after the tremendous worldwide goodwill and long list of friends that Bush had built for America.

e-pirate on February 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Why do we need overseas bases?

World Peace broke out on January 20th.

Didn’t you get the memo?

Montana on February 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

This is such a waste after the tremendous worldwide goodwill and long list of friends that Bush had built for America.

e-pirate on February 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

goodwill does not get supply routes

runner on February 19, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Putin is playing Risk and O is playing with ?

Clyde5445 on February 19, 2009 at 7:13 PM

This is such a waste after the tremendous worldwide goodwill and long list of friends that Bush had built for America.

e-pirate on February 19, 2009 at 7:05 PM

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You are more right than what your sarcasm betrays what you think you know.

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 7:14 PM

Let’s see, who is Secretary of State….

Wethal on February 19, 2009 at 6:04 PM

. . . and what’s her favorite song . . . ?

HarneyPeak on February 19, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I am playing martial arts, Obama is playing Hokey-Pokey.

PootyPoot on February 19, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Comrade Putin, I wish to join the winning side!! I have skills and your country has a flat tax, and is not afraid to stand up for itself!!

its obvious which way the wind is blowing..and I want to be on the winning team!!!

right4life on February 19, 2009 at 7:26 PM

I also agree that it is patriotic to call President of the US a retard compared to a guy who can’t take criticism from free press.

radiofreevillage on February 19, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Although if four year of Jimmy II usher in Ronald II, I guess I can live with that…

crashland on February 19, 2009 at 6:56 PM

don’t bet on it this time…there is no reagan out there..and the ‘RATS aren’t going to give up power without a fight…see chavez…mugabe…for examples of this…

right4life on February 19, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Sheer insanity..

Both Clinton (who i sover in japan making an ass of herself) and Obama the dunce have now
placed our entire force of 60,000 soldiers
and made them rely upon
RUSSIA who is feeding all of the arab terrorists
with arms and ammunition

Is obama intentionally trying to get our military into a position of DEFEAT?

Sure sounds like it considering that all of the democraps
for years were BEGGING to Surrender..

to the first islamic wak job who would accept their surrender flag..

this is insanity..
Obama is a friggint idiot..

jcila on February 19, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Afghanistan is land locked and we would have to violate another country’s air space to fly in there without permission to do so. We had / have such permission from Pakistan depending on what day of the week it is, but Pakistan is going to hell in a hand basket at the speed of sound, so the Russian agreement meant we no longer needed Pakistan.

So back to square one on the resupply quandry.

Hog Wild on February 19, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Kyrgyzstan is land locked too. It looks even harder to fly to than Afghanistan. Kyrgyzstan does not even border Afghanistan. If we have fly over rights for Turkmenistan, than we can get to Afghanistan (can these country’s be a little more creative with their names?). Very confusing!

Puck Fakistan and fly over their country!

WashJeff on February 19, 2009 at 7:31 PM

HAHAHA! The One is a chump compared to Putin playing hardball with a former Soviet States.

I think I have to rephrase. The One is a chump. And just got played again. I wish someone would tune the fiddle. This song is getting old fast.

ammon_of_cs on February 19, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Sadly, “Heute Kyrgyzstan. Morgen die Welt.”

Today, Kyrgyzstan, tomorrow the world…as the Obama Administration discovers slowly, and we painfully, that “Hope” and “Change” don’t mean squat when it comes to Realpolitik.

coldwarrior on February 19, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Hmmm. Apparently the Acorn organizers Obama sent in to talk to Kyrgyzstan to solve this problem didn’t work. Who’d of thunk?

It works in Chicago.

Guardian on February 19, 2009 at 7:35 PM

HOPE don’t keep the air bases open.

29Victor on February 19, 2009 at 7:35 PM

there is no reagan out there
right4life on February 19, 2009 at 7:28 PM

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Bull. Jindal isn’t a potential Reagan? Palin isn’t a potential Reagan? I think we will all be pleasantly surprised .

BlameAmericaLast on February 19, 2009 at 7:43 PM

But this is not worty of a stimlus bill. Only the less fortunate and mice get money.

I think we need to be there, in essence we might be leaving our troops in russia’s hands and that is not a very smart thing to do.

Brat4life on February 19, 2009 at 7:46 PM

So if this is Carter redux, which embassy of ours gets taken?

Bishop on February 19, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Iran again. The filthy liar is just chomping at the bit to restore relations with the nation most likely to nuke Israel.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 7:47 PM

After 1 month of Obama politics WE are cash-poor

GunRunner on February 19, 2009 at 6:36 PM

And pissed-off.

highhopes on February 19, 2009 at 7:48 PM

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