Thursday, December 30, 2010
President Barack Obama added some 17,000 American troops to the flagging war in Afghanistan in February 2009. Since Kyrgyzstan is going to close the Manas Airport in Central Asia, the U.S. needs to obtain logistical support. The question is where will it come from. If one looks a map, the answer becomes more apparent. All nations surrounding Afghanistan are members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and associates of the SCO. For instance, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and China are the members of SCO, and the observers of the SCO are Pakistan and Iran. If American does not want to be another loser, (like the British, French, and Russian, who were all defeated in Afghanistan before), the US needs to have cooperation from the SCO. China might be an alternative land-route to access Afghanistan. What will Obama do?