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Expert: US wants to reduce Russia's influence on its neighbors

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Expert: US wants to reduce Russia's influence on its neighbors



REGNUM presents an article by George Friedman, head of the American intelligence and analysis center at Stratfor, in which the author reflects on the topic of US-Azerbaijani relations and tries to reasonably show how important Baku is to Washington in the context of geopolitical confrontation with Russia and Iran. The article is given with abbreviations that do not distort the general meaning:

"There is a place in the world where the three great powers intersect - Russia, Turkey and Iran, and the place is the Caucasus. Today, the interests of these powers are concentrated in a country called Azerbaijan, which turns it into a kind of battlefield where the interests of the three states clashed opposing for centuries. Before 1991, Azerbaijan was part of the USSR, as well as other states of the South Caucasus. But with the collapse of the Union, when Russia's borders moved to the north, Azerbaijan found itself in the most advantageous geopolitical position. and sharing borders with the two largest regional powers.

Azerbaijan has also become one of the largest producers of energy resources. At the end of the 19th century, half of the oil produced in the world fell on Azerbaijan, whose oil fields in Baku were developed by the Nobel brothers, the inventors of dynamite and the founders of the famous prize. It was there that they made their fortune. Several years ago, government officials invited me to dinner, which took place in the Nobel Brothers mansion. I don’t know what others might think within the walls of this elegant room, but personally I thought about Hitler’s desire to get to Baku and his oil urgently, and also that the fiasco at Stalingrad was, in fact, the result of his attempt to seize Azerbaijani oil fields. Once Azerbaijan was something of a prize in the imperial games. Azerbaijan today is an independent state, but in a very dangerous place.

I note that since the 2008 year, when my book entitled “The Next 100 Years” (The Next 100 Years) was published, I have repeatedly visited Azerbaijan, where there are many people I value dear friends. From my friends I often hear reproaches to my country, they say, the Americans do not want to be friends with us. And since I do not like to scold America beyond its borders, I prefer to divert the conversation in a different direction. Friendship friendship, as they say ...

Azerbaijan craves friendship with America and is perplexed about the indifference with which the United States treats it. This interest over the years only grows. I reliably know this from people I meet from year to year, during visits, which often turn into a test of the strength of my liver.

I travel a lot on duty and know for sure that absolutely everyone is dissatisfied with America; someone for the fact that she did something, and someone for something that did not. In any case, these "all" accuse the United States of treason, and I seem to be personally involved in this. Usually I am indifferent to such things and pay the same coin, but in the case of Azerbaijan I am inclined to stand up for his defense. Azerbaijanis have the impression that America betrayed them. And indeed it is. It's not a matter of sentiment. I must admit that the powers of the friends do not happen, and the United States is obliged to observe only their own interests.

My interest in Azerbaijan requires more compelling explanations. In “The Next 100 Years,” I made a forecast for a number of events, starting with a serious weakening of Europe and a parallel increase in Russia's relative power. The latter has its own problems, but against the background of Europe’s energy dependence on Russia and the fact that Russians have money to buy assets in Europe, its decline in itself means a stronger Russia. The countries that will feel this power on themselves are the states bordering the former USSR: the line from Poland to Turkey, then from Turkey to Azerbaijan - Europe’s eastern anchor in the Caspian Sea.

As for the United States, they will continue to be the dominant force in the world in economic and military terms. The victory in the Cold War went to America, because the USSR was out of the game, although it was unclear over the entire length of the bilateral confrontation who would be the winner in the end. Once on the pedestal, the United States was delighted and did not have a clear idea of ​​what to do next, although they spoke of a new world order. To begin with, the US imagined that the war was behind and was waged solely for the sake of money. Then they began to think that they would spend the next century in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Now, in Washington, it seems, they believe that one should refrain from participating in events taking place in the world - as much as a country with 25% of world GDP is able to stand by.

Bigwigs of American foreign policy are represented by two camps. The first is the realists who argue that the United States must advance its national interests. That sounds reasonable, but until you ask them: “What kind of national interests are these?”? The second camp consists of idealists who hold the view that the United States should use its power in the name of good, be it building democracy or fighting human rights violations. This is a good idea, but until you ask them: "And how are you going to do this?". Usually the answer is: to invade, but kill only the bad.

The point is that the United States, a global force, rushes from conflict to conflict, from one concept to another. It takes time to figure out how to use power. The British lost America, and only after it came to their very understanding. The USA is lucky, they are rich and isolated, and even if terrorists kill some of us, we are not threatened with occupation, like France and Poland. We have time to grow. This brings discomfort to the rest of the world. Sometimes Americans do inexplicable things, sometimes they don’t. When the US makes a mistake, other countries mostly suffer or are threatened. Because of this, some parts of the world want the US to disappear from the map. But this will not happen. Some people want the US to take responsibility for their security. But this will not happen.

But .... Let's go back to Azerbaijan. This country borders on Dagestan inside Russia and on the province of East Azerbaijan in Iran. There are many, many Azerbaijanis living in Iran, this is the largest national minority in the country (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is Azerbaijani). Azerbaijan itself is a secular, for the most part a country over which the threat of Iranian Shiite terror hangs, and from the north - Sunni. In 90, Azerbaijan lost the war to Armenia (which was supported by Russia) for the territory called Nagorno-Karabakh. Today the Russian military is stationed in Armenia. In Georgia, the formally pro-American government was replaced by figures who apparently had close relations with Russia. And here is Azerbaijan, the geographical location of which between Iran and Russia is simply critical. A secular Muslim state bordering on hostile Iran and Russia is a rarity.

From the US point of view, Azerbaijan is of strategic interest because of its energy resources. The Russian strategy is aimed at increasing Europe’s dependence on Russian resources. In theory, this will lead to an increase in Russia's influence and a reduction of risks to its national security. The second phase of this strategy is to limit the choice of Europeans, including Turkey. In other words, Russia does not want Europe to have access to external sources beyond the control of Moscow. In the current situation, with Europe being disorganized, limiting Russia's influence along the entire perimeter of its borders and stabilizing pro-Western states is in the sphere of direct US interests.

It is also in the interests of the United States to restrain the Iranian projection of power and to maintain a platform for influencing the Azerbaijani population of Iran. But there is a limit to American interests and opportunities. The United States can support countries that themselves ensure their national security. The United States cannot be the main source of this security. And this is where the relations between Washington and Baku become interesting: strategically, Azerbaijan lies between the two antagonistic United States forces. Azerbaijan serves as the main transit point for the NATO military to Afghanistan. Azerbaijan wants to be able to buy American weapon, but the United States in many cases denied him that. Now the Azerbaijanis have turned to the Israelis, with whom they maintain close relations.

Azerbaijan has all the signs of a full-fledged ally of the United States. The strategic position of the country allows to influence events in Iran, to limit the influence of Russia in Europe. By virtue of its geographical location, Azerbaijan needs a weapon for which it is willing to pay. The United States does not sell, and there are two main reasons for this - the powerful Armenian community of the United States and human rights activists who accuse the Azerbaijani government of being undemocratic and corrupt. About the latter, I do not think so. In any case, in a little more than 20 years, the country cannot go all the way from the Soviet Republic to a state with an economy devoid of corruption. Azerbaijan did not become a full-fledged liberal democracy, and could not when surrounded by hostile forces - Iran, Russia and Armenia.

As for criticism of the regime, it is difficult to imagine that any other authorities would be more liberal or transparent. If an opposition sponsored by Iran comes to power, we will get another Iran. If pro-Russian opposition comes, everything will be like Russia. The position that Americans should not advance their strategic interests in a situation where the current regime is morally superior to the opposition supported by Russia or Iran is a perversion. Azerbaijan is important for the United States not because of its moral character, but because it is a wedge between Russia and Iran. Any regime that replaces the existing regime in Azerbaijan can be much worse in moral terms, as well as hostile to the United States. "
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http://www.russia.ru/news/politics/2013/6/13/12733.html
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  1. Belogor
    Belogor 14 June 2013 07: 39
    +9
    Meanwhile, many Azerbaijanis live in Russia and this should be taken into account by the authorities of this country, some who do not need to create unnecessary problems for themselves
    1. cartridge
      cartridge 14 June 2013 08: 34
      +8
      .restriction of influence of Russia around the perimeter of its borders and stabilization of pro-Western states Included in US direct interests.
      Azerbaijan important for the United States not because of its moral character, but because this is a wedge between Russia and Iran. Any the regime that has replaced the existing one in Azerbaijan may be much worse morally as well hostile USA".


      These two and a half phrases are the essence of the article written by an official of the American intelligence center. All the rest of its content, including mentions of morality, is of a demagogic nature and serves as a smoke screen.
      1. Orel
        Orel 14 June 2013 09: 28
        +2
        As for the United States, they will continue to be the dominant force in the world economically and militarily. The victory in the cold war went to America


        And who said that the United States was not affected by the Cold War and its costs? It happens that the consequences do not immediately affect, but just the same, several decades after the collapse of the USSR. The arms race has crippled the United States no less than the Union, but these problems will come out only now and how it will end for the United States is unclear. Maybe soon there will be more than one superpower.
        1. alexng
          alexng 14 June 2013 09: 39
          +1
          You are absolutely right in this. The United States is now getting it, because there is no proper confrontation to contain such a military colossus, and it is hardly foreseen - no one is pecking all the annoying tricks from Obama and they are increasingly having to flash their selfish and petty insides. And if the United States in the near future does not find a counterweight for itself (and this is currently not possible), it will finally fall into the abyss and the United States as a superpower will cease to exist. A NORTH AMERICAN SCRIPT is just around the corner.
          1. Dimy4
            Dimy4 14 June 2013 11: 43
            0
            Absolutely agree. This suggests itself. Imagine a swing over an abyss, not two of which are balanced players, and then one player disappears. Where will the rest fly?
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      3. Russian
        Russian 14 June 2013 12: 03
        +1
        From my friends I often hear reproaches against my country, they say, the Americans do not want to be friends with us.
        Azerbaijan longs for friendship with America and is perplexed by the indifference with which the United States treats it.

        Yes, listen to him, everyone is eager to be friends with America! Such gods descended to Earth. Only these countries forget that all this "friendship" is only in the interests of the United States, and they do not give a damn about the countries with which they cooperate.
  2. Scandinavian
    Scandinavian 14 June 2013 07: 45
    +4
    I think the times when warming will come between Russia and Azerbaijan is just around the corner. After all, Azerbaijan bought our weapons. Could the vaunted striped abrams take BUT .......
    1. Semen Semyonitch
      Semen Semyonitch 14 June 2013 08: 42
      +2
      Quote: Scandinavian
      I think the times when warming will come between Russia and Azerbaijan is just around the corner. After all, Azerbaijan bought our weapons. Could the vaunted striped abrams take BUT .......

      ... but not so simple. About a strong Armenian lobby forgot in the USA forgot.
  3. wasjasibirjac
    wasjasibirjac 14 June 2013 07: 51
    +2
    people, why is it ... the udo considers Russia hostile to Azerbaijan? can enlighten on this subject. like nothing ... hostile and did not.
    1. Semen Semyonitch
      Semen Semyonitch 14 June 2013 08: 45
      +1
      Quote: wasjasibirjac
      people, why is it ... the udo considers Russia hostile to Azerbaijan? can enlighten on this subject. like nothing ... hostile and did not.

      Because we support Armenia. I think this is the main thing.
    2. DEfindER
      DEfindER 14 June 2013 11: 00
      0
      Quote: wasjasibirjac
      people, why is it ... the udo considers Russia hostile to Azerbaijan? can enlighten on this subject. like nothing ... hostile and did not.

      Yes, stupidly trying to quarrel Russia with Azerbaijan, the article is a pure provocation.
      and this phrase:
      Azerbaijan itself is a secular country for the most part, over which there is a threat of Iranian Shiite terror, and from the north - Sunni.

      I have not heard such nonsense ..
      1. Yeraz
        Yeraz 14 June 2013 12: 12
        +2
        Well, he is partly right. Azerbaijan is a secular state, and below is religious Iran, and in the north Wahhabism is fought by Russia, but it spreads throughout the Russian Federation and clearly seeps into Azerbaijan as well, see Azerbaijan 2000 and 2013, the number of Wahhabis in times increased.
        Many here do not understand why Baku is arming heavily, calls on the Russian Federation to solve this problem faster, because radicalism has its roots both in the North Caucasus and Iran, and when there is a conflict, it’s easier to bearded uncles with money.
    3. Simon
      Simon 14 June 2013 11: 41
      0
      That is right. We do not consider Azerbaijan to be a hostile country, there are a lot of people loyal to Russia and there is a very large diaspora of Azerbaijanis in Russia, and if we have something, then this is so - in terms of family, which is decided by simple negotiation.
  4. MilaPhone
    MilaPhone 14 June 2013 07: 59
    0
    Quote from the author:
    Azerbaijan has all the signs of a full-fledged US ally. The strategic position of the country allows you to influence the events in Iran, to limit Russia's influence in Europe. Due to its geographical location, Azerbaijan needs weapons for which it is willing to pay. The United States does not sell, and there are two main reasons for this - the powerful Armenian community of the United States and human rights activists who reproach the Azerbaijani government for being undemocratic and corrupt.

    Surprising - only that he wrote about it in the next topic "Instead of Turkish equipment, Azerbaijan acquired Russian T-90S tanks and self-propelled guns" Msta-S ".
    He wrote that the United States respects its Armenians more than Russia of its ally Armenia. And it turns out that Russia is selling weapons to Azerbaijan thanks to the efforts of the Armenian diaspora.
    Paradox!!!
  5. Egoza
    Egoza 14 June 2013 08: 28
    +5
    Well, since the US is so worried about the pro-Russian mood of Azerbaijan, it is necessary to maintain this mood and spread it even more. Let the Americans be even more worried. laughing
  6. Semen Semyonitch
    Semen Semyonitch 14 June 2013 08: 40
    +1
    Another curtsy towards the USA. That they, stupid ones, do not see how the aggressors in the person of Iran and Russia want to establish their power there. Although there might be two big differences. We ourselves are pushing Azerbaijan into the sphere of influence of the United States and others like them ...
  7. Semurg
    Semurg 14 June 2013 08: 46
    +3
    The Armenians are interested in three large diasporas in the USA In Russia and France. In the USA, they block the sale of arms to Azerbaijan, in France they sold the law on Turkish genocide, Russia guarantees the integrity of Armenia. Young Armenians force everyone to take the steps they need, the only diasporas do not invest in Armenia what would there boost the economy, but is it risking your money?
    1. Yeraz
      Yeraz 14 June 2013 12: 18
      0
      Quote: Semurg
      The Armenians are interested in three large diasporas in the USA In Russia and France. In the USA, they block the sale of arms to Azerbaijan, in France they sold the law on Turkish genocide, Russia guarantees the integrity of Armenia. Young Armenians force everyone to take the steps they need, the only diasporas do not invest in Armenia what would there boost the economy, but is it risking your money?

      Well, how can I say, the Russian diaspora constantly sends money, which is a significant part of the GDP of Armenia. Previously, the Western diaspora invested money, but Soviet-hardened Armenians threw a lot of them and help narrowed significantly. Every year a television marathon or whatever they call live on a certain account is held I consider Armenians from all over the world to pay for a specific project, building a school, expensive, etc. It doesn’t help the economy much.
    2. teodorh
      teodorh 14 June 2013 13: 04
      0
      The most paradoxical is that all these countries are included in the OSCE Minsk Group.
      1. Yeraz
        Yeraz 14 June 2013 14: 33
        +1
        Quote: teodorh
        The most paradoxical is that all these countries are included in the OSCE Minsk Group.

        But the very paradox is that Russia, which is an ally of Armenia, whose bases on its territory are also a part of it. It is generally an unfavorable format, Russia is an ally, the United States and France are the most powerful Armenian lobbies, and then they are surprised why the OSCE cannot decide.
        By the way, this format is also in favor of the radicals, a bearded uncle will come and say look, the infidels have seized your lands, and who are the judges and allegedly advocate justice ??
        Parties to the conflict Armenia Christians, Azerbaijan Muslims.
        Judges usa christians
        France christians
        Russia Christians
        Who do you think will be right ??
        Therefore, the soil for radicalism and all sorts of preachers from different countries is very fertile ....
  8. Gecko
    Gecko 14 June 2013 08: 48
    +3
    The war is not being waged by military, but by economic and political means, while Russia still does not notice this. I am silent in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, we have lost the Baltic States, Moldova, but Ukraine is already the finish line, Ukraine is pulling millions of Russians and the huge Black Sea territories of Novorossia and Crimea into the enemy’s camp, soon we will be pushed out of the Urals at such a pace, while we we will lose forever millions of Russians who in a few decades will be alien to our culture. We have enormous stocks of weapons, and what is the point of all this if the USA finishes us with other methods, economic, buying up everyone and everything on the planet with green papers, intractable bombs, they have long imagined the rulers of the whole world, we are in the minority.
  9. Standard Oil
    Standard Oil 14 June 2013 09: 03
    +4
    I wonder if Azerbaijan will have American weapons, and what's next? How will he "influence" Iran and Russia? Well, the Americans will get one more banana republic with a puppet government that will hold out for another year, but they cannot invade there as in Iraq, their hands are too short.
  10. MIKHAN
    MIKHAN 14 June 2013 09: 06
    +4
    Wanting is not harmful. Russia is no longer the same as in the 90s. We know what "Western-style democracy" is, double standards, etc.
  11. Egor.nic
    Egor.nic 14 June 2013 09: 45
    0
    The article is empty and there is nothing about it. The political relevance of the topic is below 10%. About the Azerbaijani author "tries the pen" for reader relevance .....
    Waste of time.
  12. fzr1000
    fzr1000 14 June 2013 10: 00
    +3
    Zae..lalya these USA. So you need to sit and think about how to create problems for them on their "quiet island". In order not to be distracted.
    1. Simon
      Simon 14 June 2013 11: 47
      0
      Amer try to create problems for us, and then these problems are later boomerang after some time they hit them themselves and, moreover, is very painful, although they do not understand this or do not want to understand.
  13. Opera
    Opera 14 June 2013 10: 49
    +6
    An interesting person is this Friedman - a Jew born in Hungary, his family subsequently moved to Austria and further to the USA, a political scientist, an ardent anti-Soviet and anti-communist who wrote several relevant works, taught, is the head of the PRIVATE (well, what happens in America) intelligence and analytical center .
    The key thing in his article is how much Azerbaijan and ordinary Azerbaijanis (Friedman's friends) want to be friends with America, and America betrayed them and is not friendly enough! And also the fact that Russia and Iran are openly called enemies! This is probably a Russian missile defense system located on American borders, and Iran has imposed sanctions on the United States! Further, to what extent Azerbaijan (naturally by its territory, i.e. location) can help America and naturally friendly Turkey in weakening all of those same Russia and Iran! In general, as the author notes, Azerbaijan has all the signs of a full-fledged US ally!
    About moral character is generally cool - American cynicism knows no boundaries!
    1. Babon
      Babon 14 June 2013 10: 53
      +1
      SPS, well, now everything is clear with him.
    2. urich
      urich 14 June 2013 11: 53
      0
      operas created a great koment. Sorry for the more pluses does not accept ...
  14. Babon
    Babon 14 June 2013 10: 52
    +2
    Once again I read an American analyst, and the one-sided views are striking. Ordinary people want good neighborly relations. So no, they need to "pick out" everything bad and present it to people. It is not for them to live here later. It would be nice to turn Mexico against the United States so that they have calmed down. In my opinion, closer cooperation is planned between Azerbaijan and Russia. Let's remember about the Russian broad soul and Caucasian hospitality, that's what we need to remember, and not to listen to any transatlantic "democratizers".
  15. Russ69
    Russ69 14 June 2013 12: 10
    0
    Strange expert, just woke up or what? They did it and always do. Nothing new, everything is old as the world.
  16. bap063
    bap063 14 June 2013 12: 12
    0
    The whole world became corrupt, as Jews appeared in the upper echelons of power in the states, it went from them they could sell not only their homeland (they just don’t have one, not only real, but in their souls) they have a homeland where they can live and steal, and when they understand that everything is already and it’s not possible, only they have it and always will (immediately they’ll give a damn to the same thicket from which they just ate)
    that's why they sell everything and everything they don’t have anything sacred in life. the whole world has become a mess and a brothel where everything is bought and sold and nothing sacred, but there are still forces that have a homeland in their hearts and are ready to fight for it to the last drop of their blood and such a people would never conquer and enslave anyone. And this was and is the Soviet people, and now the Russian people and everyone who understands that a person has the same Motherland as his mother (father) and he will write them off not for life, but to death. Well, these countries that behave like whores on the porch, they understand. that while she is fresh and not horny, they show interest in her, and tomorrow when she grows old and grows obsolete about her and she ends her life and no one remembers her anymore, let them think for now that they look beautiful, this is not life but utopia.
  17. Begemot
    Begemot 14 June 2013 12: 16
    +1
    They (Azerbaijanis), of course, are bitches, but they are our bitches.
    The imperishable motto of the Americans.
  18. Yeraz
    Yeraz 14 June 2013 12: 26
    +1
    The leadership of Azerbaijan with their hands and feet for Russia, they are authoritarian regimes in the United States, they are constantly told about freedom of speech, about NGOs, in short about everything that they say to Russia, and to an ordinary resident Russia is closer than the United States, what Russians know, there are huge cultural and other connections, the Russian understands that the Caucasus is the Caucasus with customs and traditions, the Amers do not understand this and they are trying to introduce their only correct Western way of life, unfortunately, they succeed in Russia. It’s just that Russia supporting Armenians is forcing Baku to look for other partners, but it seems that about menyaetsya..ya only for such peremeny.Chtoby not speak Russian ally Armenia, as it depends on him, as well as part of an organized nationalist Armenian Diaspora in the US and in the West and those as soon as possible pull them out of the Russian Federation.
    Because everyone knows Armenia under the Russian Federation, and not next to the Russian Federation.
  19. knn54
    knn54 14 June 2013 13: 26
    +2
    In the civil war against the South of 1861-1865, American General McClellan applied the Anaconda plan, which was to block the southern states from land and sea and thereby effect their actual military-economic strangulation - just like a snake chokes the sacrifice of the ring of his body. This plan has been successfully implemented and has since been applied by Americans with consistent efficiency over and over again. According to this plan, the United States, starting in 1944 (IMMEDIATELY from the moment the Yalta Agreements), the so-called "Arc of Instability" was created and "molded".
    This is a chain of NATO (and allied) countries that extends from Norway to India itself. Constantly tightening the “loops”, “Anaconda” strangles, first of all, Russian Eurasia, as well as those post-Soviet countries that could eventually join the Russian Global Project. One of the key roles in the Anaconda plan is played by Iran. On the one hand, the establishment of a pro-American regime in this country allows the United States to “strangle” the Russian world even harder, and on the other, it can inflict a devastating blow on the Islamic world and China, which are increasingly claiming their Global Peace Plan. As well as a significant weakening / suppression of India.
    The United States also sees its mission in protecting strong Western European countries, such as France and Germany, from possible rapprochement with Russia, as well as making the European Union a failure. By the way, in the plans of the USA, Crimea is of key importance, the Americans see the peninsula as the territory from which they could "steer", the Caucasus, the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  20. Alikovo
    Alikovo 14 June 2013 15: 37
    0
    all the countries bordering us are on the side of the amers, except Belarus, China, and the DPRK.
    1. Corsair5912
      Corsair5912 14 June 2013 18: 27
      0
      Quote: Alikovo
      all the countries bordering us are on the side of the amers, except Belarus, China, and the DPRK.

      On the side of the Yankees are not countries and peoples, but only the chief and the nation, bought for dirty green papers with portraits of dead thieves and scammers.
  21. Corsair5912
    Corsair5912 14 June 2013 18: 24
    0
    For starters, the US imagined that the war was behind and was fought solely for the sake of money. Then they began to think that they would spend the next century in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Now, in Washington, it seems, they think that one should refrain from participating in events taking place in the world - as much as a country with 25% of world GDP is able to stand aside


    Whatever the United States imagines, Russia has not entered a war with them. Star-hairy macaques cannot understand that they did not defeat the USSR and not Russia, but spotted Gorbi with Shimparnadze and drunk Benya with Chubaisoids alien to the people of Russia.
    US GDP calculated by the sum of sales of a penny is not worth it, if you translate it into real figures of production in physical terms, and not in inflated dollars.
  22. Corsair5912
    Corsair5912 14 June 2013 18: 24
    +1
    For starters, the US imagined that the war was behind and was fought solely for the sake of money. Then they began to think that they would spend the next century in the fight against Islamic terrorism. Now, in Washington, it seems, they think that one should refrain from participating in events taking place in the world - as much as a country with 25% of world GDP is able to stand aside


    Whatever the United States imagines, Russia has not entered a war with them. Star-hairy macaques cannot understand that they did not defeat the USSR and not Russia, but spotted Gorbi with Shimparnadze and drunk Benya with Chubaisoids alien to the people of Russia.
    US GDP calculated by the sum of sales of a penny is not worth it, if you translate it into real figures of production in physical terms, and not in inflated dollars.