Guess who helped overthrow Kyrgyzstan’s government?

posted at 9:30 am on April 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s a darned good thing that Barack Obama signed a new START treaty with Russia that allows them to put resources into areas other than competing on upkeep of nuclear weapons.  Now that Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev have that behind them, they can concentrate on more appealing projects — such as continuing their efforts to rebuild the Russian Empire with puppet governments in former Soviet states.  The Washington Post reports today that Moscow gave the violent opposition a big boost in Kyrgyzstan in the month before a coup sent its government packing:

Less than a month before the violent protests that toppled the government of Kyrgyzstan last week, Russian television stations broadcast scathing reports portraying President Kurmanbek Bakiyev as a repugnant dictator whose family was stealing billions of dollars from this impoverished nation.

The media campaign, along with punishing economic measures adopted by the Kremlin, played a critical role in fanning public anger against Bakiyev and bringing people into the streets for the demonstrations that forced him to flee the capital Wednesday, according to protest leaders, local journalists and analysts.

“Even without Russia, this would have happened sooner or later, but . . . I think the Russian factor was decisive,” said Omurbek Tekebayev, a former opposition leader who is now the No. 2 figure in the government.

Why did Putin go after Bakiyev? Last year, the Russians strongarmed him into agreeing to shut down an important American air base needed for a supply line into Afghanistan. After getting about a fifth of the aid promised him by Putin and Medvedev, he suddenly reversed course and agreed to keep it open, after Obama tripled the rent in a belated attempt to outspend the Russians. This is Moscow’s payback.

In retaliation, Russia began broadcasting stories about Bakiyev that compared him to Genghis Khan and calling him a corrupt thief. They also hinted that Moscow would expel a million Kyrgyz immigrants from Russia, whose money earned there is an important part of Kyrgyzstan’s economy. Less than two weeks ago, Russia continued its retaliations by cutting off special pricing on fuel and tying it explicitly to Bakiyev. It didn’t take long for the opposition to run Bakiyev out of the capital.

With Bakiyev gone, the Russians have a new puppet leadership in Kyrgyzstan who are only in power because of Moscow’s meddling.  Does anyone expect the Manas air base to remain open to the US after that show of power?  We’ll be out of there in almost no time, which is probably why the White House just cut a deal with Kazakhstan for overflights.  It will deal a serious blow to our lines of communication in Afghanistan.

The big question now is why we should sign a new START treaty that will save the Russians hundreds of billions of dollars while they scheme to overthrow governments and shut down our supply lines in Central Asia.  The only benefit that the US gets from START is an ego boost for Barack Obama.


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Poland? I’ll bet Putin was behind that plane crash too.

nazo311 on April 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Poland? I’ll bet Putin was behind that plane crash too.

nazo311 on April 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

shhhh that would be a real conspiracy now wouldn’t it!

upinak on April 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Not only is Putin extending his reach in his own back yard, but ours as well.

Putin is a smart, strong leader who doesn’t mind doing what is necessary in the interests of his country.

I admire that…….and him.

David2.0 on April 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

The boys had a busy weekend what with shooting down most of the Polish government and military leadership.

peacenprosperity on April 12, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Barack is America…the “new” America.
I bow to the new Xerxes, our god-king.

Extrafishy on April 12, 2010 at 10:01 AM

If O is the new Xerxes, I pray that Sarah is the new Alexander.

jimmy2shoes on April 12, 2010 at 12:58 PM

aengus on April 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM
who are you ?

runner on April 12, 2010 at 10:17 AM

He’s the smartest MFer in the world, can’t you tell?

thomasaur on April 12, 2010 at 10:18 AM

He’s Obama? /

jimmy2shoes on April 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I admire that…….and him.

David2.0 on April 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Put the pipe down and back away from the Commie regime. Thank you for playing.

upinak on April 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Now that Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev have that behind them, they can concentrate on more appealing projects — such as continuing their efforts to rebuild the Russian Empire with puppet governments in former Soviet states.

They are returning to the Holy Land, as well. Another of their appealing projects is a museum/park complex in Jericho, with the help of the Palestinians apparently.

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7142

Interesting times we live in, aren’t they?

pannw on April 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Not only is Putin extending his reach in his own back yard, but ours as well.

Putin is a smart, strong leader who doesn’t mind doing what is necessary in the interests of his country.

I admire that…….and him.

David2.0 on April 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

A leader who does what’s best for his country not not himself and his political image?

Yeah, it would be nice to have a leader like that.

I don’t suppose it’s too late to tell Obama about the phrase, “Trust but verify”?

Yakko77 on April 12, 2010 at 1:26 PM

When I first heard about the terrible crash, I immediately became suspicious of Putin. Knowing that this man is a former KGB agent from the Soviet Union, that he silenced his critics and political opponents while president of Russia, that he has been very aggressive toward Georgia and the Ukraine, and that he had just overthrown Kyrgyzstan’s government only days earlier, he’s guilty until proven innocent as far as I’m concerned.

By the way, Medvedev called the interim Polish president only a few hours after the crash, and called for “Russian and Polish unity.” This sounds like something one mob boss would say to his rival mob’s members after he had their boss killed.

Obviously, we don’t have any proof that Putin had anything to do with the plane crash, but it is not unreasonable to suspect or even assume he did until it’s proven otherwise. I see nothing wrong with holding him to his own standards.

Rather than requesting an independent transportation safety investigative team from another country to come in and oversee this terrible plane crash, he said he’d personally oversee the investigation himself, which means we will have to be suspicious of everything that investigation produces.
He controls, or at least he tries to control, all information going in and coming out of his country. Now he’s even using the Moscow train bombings as an excuse to clamp down even harder on the few remaining independent news outlets that are still operating in Russia.

All we can do is wait and watch to see how Putin interacts with Poland now that the president and virtually all of his top government officials and military officers have been wiped out. Even if Putin had nothing to do with the crash, I expect he will use it to his advantage to rein Poland in.

Kim Priestap on April 12, 2010 at 2:33 PM

I`m wondering what Putin would gain by us failing in Afghanistan? He seems bent on doing it.

ThePrez on April 12, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Putin is a smart, strong leader who doesn’t mind doing what is necessary in the interests of his country.

I admire that…….and him.

David2.0 on April 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I saw that picture of Medvedev and Putin and briefly thought to myself, “I wish they were our leaders.” That`s a new one.

ThePrez on April 12, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Tthe conditions whereby the plane went down seem to confirm it was pilot error but not deliberate. The only way the crash would be deliberate would be if the pilot was deliberately trying to be a suicide. It’s very unlikely, but can we find out more about that pilot?

Having said that, it was insane for the entire Polish delegation to travel on one plane, especially for an airline with a history of accidents.

YehuditTX on April 12, 2010 at 3:28 PM

OT sorta

It will be interesting to find out the name and religion of the Polish aircraft’s pilot.

baldilocks on April 12, 2010 at 4:07 PM

YehuditTX on April 12, 2010 at 3:28 PM

I see that we’re thinking along the same lines.

baldilocks on April 12, 2010 at 4:08 PM

ego boost for Barack Obama

.

Didn’t think it could go any higher!

jeanie on April 12, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Not surprised that Russia has done this in Kyrgyzstan and they are likely to do much of the same with the other Central Asian states that once fell under the Tsarist or Soviet spheres of influence. At least until they run foul of China. Central Asia is a major area of importance to Beijing.

Shogun144 on April 12, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Putin rose in the KGB and plays with Ak 47s and saving people from tigers.

He snoockered W.

He is dealing with an administration that can’t get the word ‘reset’ right on a tawdry PR prop. And this was with one of their more experienced and brighter examples running the media event.

But look how far Angela Davis got with them to get an idea of how they will play our “useful idiot” POTUS and his group.

Pray for Barry.

IlikedAUH2O on April 12, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Heh, Poland may have the last laugh against Russia’s muscle-flexing imperialism: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ODQ4MzY1MTAzNzJkNmMyNWNiNmI2YTY0ZTViMTgyMDY=

onlineanalyst on April 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

On a personal level, as of 4/8 this mess is keeping hawkdriver in Afghanistan. I hate it when the smartest human in the world is our president.

Cindy Munford on April 12, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Yeah, so he’s still there? Miss him :(

ProudPalinFan on April 12, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Might be time to go ahead and order that Russian “Rosetta Stone” package. Better safe than sorry?

zenscreamer on April 12, 2010 at 9:48 AM

And here I was gonna purchase the Spanish package *facepalm*

ProudPalinFan on April 12, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Put the pipe down and back away from the Commie regime. Thank you for playing.

upinak on April 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I said I admired Putin, not Obama.

Thank you for playing. :-)

David2.0 on April 12, 2010 at 7:48 PM

onlineanalyst on April 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

A press release by the American oil and gas exploration company Wood Mackenzie

announced the discovery of huge quantities of shale gas in Northern Poland and its imminent exploitation by American companies holding 44 licenses to do that.

For Poland, which currently imports three-quarters of the natural gas it needs from Russia, the 47 trillion cubic feet of gas discovered would suffice for 200 years of present consumption. The discovery further boosts proven E.U. gas resources by almost 50 percent and will almost certainly transform Poland into a major exporter to those neighboring countries that have also been at the receiving end of Russian energy blackmail.

Go Poland. That would be a beautiful thing- to free Poland and East Europe of Russian energy blackmail.

It reminds me of the darkening clouds and then, where you least expect it, a burst of light shining through to the ground- a favorite cloud formation of mine.

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 12, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Heh, Poland may have the last laugh against Russia’s muscle-flexing imperialism: http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ODQ4MzY1MTAzNzJkNmMyNWNiNmI2YTY0ZTViMTgyMDY=

onlineanalyst on April 12, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Wish it might be true, onlineanalyst, but the shale gas discovery in Poland will certainly make Russia more determined to control what Poland does. Ask Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine, and Belarus about that.

With a weak America and an inert European community, a Poland stuffed with shale gas is prime territory that’s in a vulnerable position and poorly defended. It might almost be better for the Poles if they didn’t have the gas. Having it will only make Russia want to control their destiny more.

Russia has more than one way to do that; no one’s talking military invasion here. Necessarily. Or today.

The post-Cold War era is over. The stasis is already a thing of the past, we just haven’t seen the first consequences yet. I hope Poland can run her own gas and make it stick, but there is no safe place for her to land when Russia pulls out all the stops to beat down the challenge. And Germany is already on Russia’s side, as a partner in the North Stream (“Molotov-Ribbentrop”) pipeline.

It’s Peace in Our Time, for sure.

J.E. Dyer on April 12, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Putin is playing Tri-Dimensional chess and Obama is playing tic-tac-toe.

BDavis on April 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Interesting times we live in, aren’t they?

pannw on April 12, 2010 at 1:19 PM

der be a train a’ commin’?

whiskeytango on April 12, 2010 at 10:37 PM

The only benefit that matters the US gets from START is an ego boost for Barack Obama.

FIFY

jdkchem on April 12, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Putin is playing Tri-Dimensional chess and Obama is playing tic-tac-toe.

BDavis on April 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

I remember seeing the tic-tac-toe chicken in Atlantic City and the line of people waiting to show they were “smarter” than a chicken. It quickly became obvious that the best one could do was a draw and be as smart as a chicken. All pointing this out did was make people angry. Much like Odopey and the rest of the left, all pointing out what should be obvious does is make them angry.

jdkchem on April 12, 2010 at 11:47 PM

Haahahahahhahahaha. Vlad played Obambi like a cheap whore. Sign the treaty one day – the next day engineer a coup thus robbing us of our air base. Is that “overcharge” button still depressed? Oops, I guess it’s not so funny. The joke is on us. Not to worry – it’s SMART POWER!

johnnybgood on April 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM

Putin does not want us out of Afghanistan. Just imagine if he pushed us out by cutting off our supply routes from Russia and the air route through Manas. The frequent closings of the Khyber pass could put us out altogether. We are covering his southern flank from Islamists and tying ourselves down in the process. He won’t close Manas. He knows we need it and will use it to get things he wants.

KW64 on April 13, 2010 at 12:13 AM

So you think the USA should spend money on nukes merely in the hopes of diverting Russian funds away from their interests in other countries? Lunacy.

RufusW on April 13, 2010 at 12:33 AM

shhhh that would be a real conspiracy now wouldn’t it!

upinak on April 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM

NOT FUNNY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnXh-Qnkq6I

NOTE–turn up your speakers

BobAnthony on April 13, 2010 at 6:18 AM

Slamming Governor Palin.

Even our Narcissist in Chief is a little worried about the Chinese and Russians. Look carefully at how he denigrated her nuclear expertise. He is riding His experts and He knows it.

I don’t much like the former Alaska governor but nobody believes that The One will represent US interests as aggressively. Even the libs.

And I thought that SNL Tina hung up the impersonation. Hey Tina, you are not as good looking as Sarah and you should really try a comedy act about a New York bimbo actress who convinces herself that she has some political gravitas by endlessly tearing up a candidate whose major damage to our body politic was failing to win an election as VP.

I’ll take SNL satire serioulsy when they notice Dear Leader’s failure to get interested in jobs for blacks (or whites), not being able to handle money well and being sold meretricious garbage.

IlikedAUH2O on April 13, 2010 at 6:31 AM

Aren’t those the guys from “Air Supply”?

mile66 on April 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I guess they want to leave a ready made empire for when the Muslims take over in Moscow.

{^_^}

herself on April 13, 2010 at 12:29 PM

BTW, Puhty Poo and Medevev make a lovely couple in that shot.

PappyD61 on April 13, 2010 at 6:22 PM

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