Why more US base expansion? Attack on Iran?
I understand that improving this base is needed to support the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The nation of Kyrgyzstan is about the size of three US large cities. I guess that is more manageable than larger states. But, what in the hell are we doing there to begin with?
We cannot afford to be a part of global expansionism and nation building at this point in our history. This place should be more of a concern to Russia and our NATO allies.
It is time for the US to get off this band wagon and bring the troop home now. Stop increasing the debt by financing wars we cannot afford.
“U.S. base in Kyrgyzstan remains on track despite tensions
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The United States is planning to move ahead with construction of a $10 million military training base in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, the site of a bloody uprising in June against the new government that reportedly left more than 300 dead.
Called the Osh Polygon, the base was first proposed under former Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev as a facility to train Kyrgyz troops for counterterrorism operations. After the ouster of Bakiyev on charges of corruption, discussions continued under the new Kyrgyz president, Roza Otunbayeva, with whose government Washington is trying to broaden relationships.
Home to an air base key to U.S. and coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan, the Central Asian country of 5.5 million is far from stabilized. On Thursday police in Bishkek, firing guns in the air, stopped demonstrations by supporters of Urmat Baryktobasov, the leader of an opposition party that government officials said was funded by the Bakiyev family. Otunbayeva told the Kyrgyz National News Service, "It was another attempt to destabilize the country."
Meanwhile, tensions remain high in the south between Kyrgyz government soldiers and the Uzbek minorities living there, according to Robert Blake, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs. Speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Blake voiced concern about security of the southern border with Tajikistan and "the possibility that some militants from Afghanistan might try to come up through that border."”