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June 16, 2006

A quote from the Defense Planning Guidance for 1994-99," which was written by then Undersecretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz around 1992. This laid out the strategy recommended by the Pentagon to ensure the U.S. held the position of the singular superpower in a post-Cold War world:

Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.

This Pentagon document articulates a clear rejection of collective internationalism. It held that America’s political and military mission in the post-cold-war era was to ensure that no rival superpower is allowed to emerge in Western Europe, Asia or the territories of the former Soviet Union.

This remains the principal aim of U.S. strategy today, but it has now been joined by another key objective: to ensure that the United States -- and no one else -- controls the energy supplies of the Persian Gulf and adjacent areas of Asia.To assert U.S. influence in this region, once part of the Soviet Union, the White House has been setting up military bases, supplying arms, and conducting a sub-rosa war of influence with both Moscow and Beijing.

So argues Michael T. Klare in an article entitled The Tripolar Chessboard: Putting Iran in Great Power Context. He says that It is in this context that:

... the current struggle over Iran must be viewed. Iran occupies a pivotal position on the tripolar chessboard. Geographically, it is the only nation that abuts both the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea, positioning Tehran to play a significant role in the two areas of greatest energy concern to the United States, Russia, and China.

The article is worth reading because of its emphasis on the geopolitics as a grand game of chess makes a welcome change from the spin of US news feeds that are recycled by our media as news.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 2:59 PM | | Comments (0)