Katherine Frisk – This is getting so predictable and in your face. What once was a ridiculous notion is now so obvious that you have to be blind, deaf and dumb not to be aware of it.
When I read about the earthquake in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, my first thought was,
Ok, what did they do now? Fail to deliver the opium? Trade in Yuan instead of dollars? Join the AIIB? Sign agreements to be part of the Silk Road project? What now?
I soon got my answer. This from Zero Hedge:
Afghanistan, battered by worsening security, is reaching out to an old ally and patron—Russia—just as the Kremlin is seeking to reassert its position as a heavyweight on the world stage.
President Ashraf Ghani has asked Moscow for artillery, small arms and Mi-35 helicopter gunships for his country’s struggling military, Afghan and Russian officials say, after the U.S. and its allies pulled most of their troops from Afghanistan and reduced financial aid.
The outreach has created another opening for the Kremlin, stepping up the potential for confrontation with Washington. East-West relations are already strained over such issues as Ukraine and Middle Eastern policy. Continue reading