Wednesday, February 04, 2009
--In reference to my National Interest piece, a comment: that the U.S. hasn't been ejected from Kyrgyzstan yet--but now is the time for haggling and bargaining. The question is whether Washington tries to outbid Moscow in direct talks with Bishkek, or whether the future of the Manas base becomes tied to the U.S.-Russia tete-a-tete regarding NATO.
On your second point, have the Russians tied cooperation over Afghanistan to agreement over NATO? I thought the issue for us with Russia was Iran. I don't see any momentum in Washington for further NATO expansion or missile defenses in eastern Europe.