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The USA & Uzbekistan: Numerous Promises of Prospects

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 18:59

It is already no secret that the United States steadily increase their penetration into Central Asia under the pretext of the Afghan threat. Thus, the Americans have enhanced their contacts with the Central Asian countries in the area of military-technical cooperation, hoping to significantly increase their military presence in the region.

 

At the regular meetings with the military attaches of embassies of the Central Asian countries in Washington, representatives of the US Department of Defense urge their opponents to consider the possibility of “expanding their commitments” for assistance to Afghanistan in the context of “modern efforts” to stabilize the situation in the country. In particular, the Americans highlight the need to build closer ties between the military structures and intelligence agencies of the Central Asian states and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, including in the sphere of security information sharing.

 

The US exercises the most active contacts with Uzbekistan. The rapid evolution of the Uzbek-US relations seems alarming not only to political scientists. It is high time for both the ordinary population of the country and the ruling circles of Uzbekistan to think harder whether we will be able to avoid stumbling on this speedy way! We should not overestimate the promises of our Western partners...

 

Of course, it flatters the Uzbek leadership to experience such an attention from the Americans, to hear the tempting prospect of getting a batch of that notorious heavy equipment, aircraft, and some more weapons (though second-hand) towards repayment of the transit costs. In addition, the Uzbek political elite is flattered by the fact that the enhanced high-tech NATO weapons, although well-worn, will give the Uzbek army a fierce, menacing image. And then there's the Americans' promise of deploying a large-scale training of local military. Another promise is that of strengthening border security, dealing with extremism and terrorism, increasing the effectiveness of the fight against illicit drug trafficking... A lot of things have been promised to Uzbekistan, same as to Georgia and Ukraine in the recent past... Moreover, when promising “blue sky and apple pie” and all possible aid and assistance, the US partners emphasize that they do not want to compete with Russia or China in Central Asia.

 

At this point, the leadership of Uzbekistan should think harder what will follow in lieu of the promises, sweet as Uzbek raisins?! We wonder whether the Uzbek leader and his inner circle have become so obsessed with the thought of feeding the people (for whom this development was a big surprise) or with some sudden sovereign imperial ambitions, that they have lost their mind together with their willingness to analyze the situation?! They should definitely look back at Ukraine's lamentable experience of obtaining what was promised...

 

And if they tried to think about what might happen to the country, where foundations, customs and traditions are strong, where the national mentality is bright, after the invasion of the American friends with their numerous “image-makers” – then it would be easy to assume that very soon there would begin debates about the dictatorship regime in the country, about its clan-like nature, about the absence of democracy, about corruption in the government and the other irregularities. Americans love to establish order – and not in their own native land, but in the lands of others.

 

Meanwhile, each year the USA faces death of hundreds of thousands people because of drugs and due to the free public access to weapons. Without sorting out their internal problems and contradictions, the US are trying to impose their own rules throughout the world.

 

The Americans promise to teach the Uzbek people how to combat drug trafficking, although they failed to destroy a single Afghan drug depot at the launch of the “Enduring Freedom” operation in Afghanistan. The Americans declared their intention to put an end “to the drug hotbed” in words, but words are wind and no real steps were taken. However, the US is the mastermind of the Central Asian anti-terrorism initiatives.

 

The US is also well aware that regional security is in the hands of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, and that Washington will not be able to maintain its influence in the region without active co-operation with these countries – especially after the notorious Ukrainian events. Hence the numerous promises of prospects... But what is the price of these promises? After all, saying ain't doing!



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