Saturday, July 30, 2005

Kicked off K2

For the last 4 years the US has spent hundreds of millions of dollars renting an old Soviet air base near the towns of Karshi and Khanabad in Uzbekistan, known commonly as K2, in order to support the war in Afghanistan. Now it appears that Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan's president for life, has kicked us off, in retalion for our criticism of recent political violence carried out by his regime. All I can say is this was an idiotic tactical move. While we were still using the base Karimov had some leverage, he could essentially string us out forever, now the US has a vested interest in seeing him removed. Any bets on how long he lasts now?