On Tuesday I made reference to the article that spoke of a speech given by Sir Halford Mackinder in January 1904. In his talk, “Mackinder argued that the future of global power lay not, as most British then imagined, in controlling the global sea lanes, but in controlling a vast land mass he called “Euro-Asia.”” It is described as a “broad, deep “heartland” — 4,000 miles from the Persian Gulf to the Siberian Sea.”
Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in 1998: “Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power. A power that dominates ‘Eurasia’ would control two of the world’s three most advanced and economically productive regions… rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania geopolitically peripheral to the world’s central continent.”
How then does the Iran deal play into the idea that by entering into it the United States is causing probably irreparable damage to itself. It is because the deal will caused the realignment of world power. It is the one thing that Putin needs to carry out his dream of a greater and more powerful Russia.
The danger that the deal brings about is that Russia and Iran will form a close alliance. For most of the 20th century Iran’s hostility to the Soviet Union was because the latter was an atheistic government. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia turned and began to associate itself with the Russian Orthodox church. That removed a major hurdle to that relationship.
It did not work closely with Iran after that because of the embargo. That disappears with the deal. The door is open for much closer military relations.
Anticipating that, an Iranian general subject to a travel ban is reported to have visited Moscow. Russia denied that happened but it also denied it had invaded Crimea. Knowing this, it appears, “Secretary of State John Kerry had objected to the visit as recently as Thursday during a telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov.” The article telling about the visit noted that “Russia seeks to bolster its military and trade relations with Iran, which is a central reason it backed the accord.” Doing this, Russia gets access to the Persian Gulf and the nations surrounding it something that increases its influence and power greatly.
Saudi Arabia is quick to see the ascendancy of Russia and its objection to its atheistic character no longer attains. The headline in the Christian Science Monitor shortly after the signing of the deal read, “Good Bye Washington, Hello Russia.” It goes on to say, “Saudi Arabia finds friendly face in Putin.” One could say that we still have Iraq as a friend but a year ago it was noted “many said it was China that won the Iraq War because it signed the major oil deals afterwards.” Even so, we still spend our wealth and troops trying to save a country that prefers Iran to us.
The Persian Gulf states will no longer look to the United States for protection from Iran but to Russia. Russia already has a strong relationship with Syrian president Assad. It will take over as the peace maker between the Sunni Gulf states and the Shia states of Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Our vaunted military power stands useless in this situation. No one wants to put the future of their country into our unwilling hands. Russia with its readiness to utilize military power is the new big boy on the block. The failure of our leaders to see that by taking our foot off of Iran’s neck we were uniting it with Russia and putting the Gulf nations at risk . demonstrates the lack of vision in our national leadership
Our president and secretary of state have underestimated Russia’s capacity for mischief. Once it secures its southern flank, you may expect that perhaps Putin may make good on his boast: ‘If I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too,’
Putin’s goal seems to be the “broad, deep “heartland” — 4,000 miles from the Persian Gulf to the Siberian Sea.”