The government of Kyrgyzstan is waffling on kicking us out of Manas AFB. I suspect means we’re doing a good job at saying, “Hey, look, you remember, oh, say, 1862–1991 when the Russians ran things around here? You sure you want to give up a friendly relationship with the lone superpower in order to curry favor with the neighborhood bully?”
If so, well-played guys, and this may be the first sign of actual smart diplomacy, as opposed to Smart Diplomacy®. Credit where it’s due. Help give a struggling little country a little wiggle room, and keep our resupply in Afghanistan going smoothly. Everybody wins. Except for you-know-who that Chekist you-know-what.
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