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U-2, Take II?

Comment: On the heels of President Obama’s apparent diplomatic rapprochement with Russian president Medvedev, in which progress on various matters appears to have been achieved, a “Russian spy scandal” has dominated recent headlines.

“Spy Scandal Casts Shadow on Obama-Medvedev ‘Burger Diplomacy'” by Ria Novosti; Eurasia Review; 6/29/2010.

Comment: In FTR #706, we examined John Loftus’ contention that there are two CIA’s–one Democratic that serves the interests of the United States and one Republican, which serves the interests of the trans-national corporations.

Is the “Republican CIA” working to poison relations between the two countries, thereby weakening Obama’s administration?

The incident brings to mind the U-2 incident of 1960, in which the CIA’s apparently deliberate sabotage of a U-2 spy plane deep-sixed a proposed summit conference between President Eisenhower and Premier Khruschev of the U.S.S.R. (This was discussed in Part I of “The Guns of November.”)

Also interesting to contemplate in this context is a December 2009 pro-jihadist conference in Georgia, held with apparent U.S. support, discussed in FTR #710. Part of the rapprochement achieved between Medvedev and Obama concerned America’s placement of a jihadist terrortist on the international terror watch list, as desired and requested by Russia.

“Obama, Medvedev Meet, Russia Pleased with U.S. Chechen Move”; World Bulletin; 6/25/2010.

Excerpt: . . . .Meanwhile, The United States on Wednesday said it had listed [sic]  Chechen insurgent leader as a “terrorist”, a step that is likely to please the Kremlin on the eve of talks between Obama and Medvedev.

The State Department said the listing, approved by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, would help to stem the flow of funds to Chechen insurgent leader Doku Umarov, who styles himself the “Emir of the Caucasus Emirate.”

“The designation of Umarov is in direct response to the threats posed to United States and Russia,” Daniel Benjamin, the Department of State’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, said in a statement.

One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus, Chechnya which declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s. Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states. . . .

Comment: Did this move run counter to the wishes of a pro-Muslim Brotherhood, pro-jihadist element associated with transnational petroleum companies? Are they, in turn, seeking to separate the Caucausian and Central Asian fossil fuel resources from Russia? Will it serve the interests of the Underground Reich, seeking to manifest traditional German Ostpolitik, while exacerbating tensions between the U.S. and Russia? Will it serve the interests of the GOP, by weakening Obama’s foreign policy?

With the strange timing of the surfacing of this Russian spying scandal, are we seeing ‘U-2, II”?

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