Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Shanghaied on the Caspian
Assuming that the list reflects preferred order, not exactly a ringing endorsement for U.S. interests in containing Russian influence, keeping Iran bottled up and frustrating efforts to create some sort of Shanghai Cooperation Organization-based group of buyers and sellers.
"One route is from Turkmenistan via Kazkhstan to Russia. Another route is to China, a third route is via Iran to the Persian Gulf. And we don't exclude using the Caspian as a transport corridor."
In other words, the preferred American route is not excluded--not really a ringing endorsement.