Brandon J. Weichert’s most recent column in The Asia Times explains why President Biden lost bigly to Vladimir Putin…and why he’ll keep losing to the strongman in the Kremlin.
“By insisting that Europe significantly decrease its reliance on cheap Russian natural gas in favor of expensive American energy sources, Washington is exacerbating the political, economic, and social instability already afflicting Europe today.”
“Fact is, under present conditions, without some form of peaceful mitigation of tensions, it is likely that some form of conflict with Iran is at hand–this is especially true if the Iranians blockade the Strait of Hormuz. The United States, at that point, would have no point but to respond immediately. There are simply no viable alternatives out of transporting Mideast oil through the Strait of Hormuz.”
Underlying the Syrian Civil War has been a competition to build a billion-dollar pipeline through Syria to Europe. Russia has ensured that the Iranian pipeline will win out, thereby harming U.S. interests and empowering Russia’s influence not only in Syria, but more importantly, in Europe, which is overwhelmingly dependent on Russia for its energy needs.
A former Turkish intelligence official has indicated that the recent failed coup in Turkey was not the work of Gülenists, rather, it was a Russian-backed operation designed to ensure that the corrupt Turkish President Erdogan remains in power and moves Turkey away from the West and into Russia’s camp.