Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Full Spectrum Dominance & the Grand Chessboard: the Geopolitics behind two World Wars Revived
"... the Eurasian Balkans are infinitely more important as a potential economic prize: an enormous concentration of natural gas and oil reserves is located in the region, in addition to important minerals, including gold."
"it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging America."
"... that Russia was trying to destabilise Georgia to take control over the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, BTC"
"construction of a pipeline from Central Asia via Afghanistan to the south which will maximally expand world society's access to the Central Asian energy markets."
"Why did the Georgians choose to invade Georgia on Thursday night? Georgia's move was deliberate ... It is very difficult to imagine that the Georgians launched their attack against US wishes."
George Friedman, Stratfor.com
"The issue is not just whether Czechs, Hungarians and Poles join NATO. The problem is more serious: the rejection of a strategy for a new, common European system agreed to by myself and all the Western leaders when we ended the Cold War."
"I feel betrayed by the West. The opportunity we seized on behalf of peace has been lost. The whole idea of a new world order has been completely abandoned."
Gorbachev quoted in Hang Separately by Leon V. Sigal, 2000
"By declaring the Caucasus, a region that is thousands of miles from the American continent, a sphere of its 'national interest,' the United States made a serious blunder."
"What is a unipolar world? It refers to one type of situation, one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making. It is a world in which there is one master, one sovereign. This is pernicious ... unacceptable ... impossible."
George Friedman on the Importance of Geopolitics