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  •  Pipelineistan. (2+ / 0-)
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    Eiron, Ohiobama

    Kazakhstan has gobs of oil.  Getting it to western markets in any quantity is problematic.  One could send it via Iran, or sell it to Iran at the border and take delivery of different oil in the gulf, but that is illegal.  At least one major was investigated and, IIRC, busted for such activity.

    Small quantities can go via ship and pipeline to Azerbaijan, and thence through a laundry list of other pipelineistan locales such as Georgia, where we brought Shevardnadze down because he bagan to discuss pipelines with the Russkies instead of us.  

    Originally, most of it went through Russia, which we couldn't stand.  We pushed for and finally achieved and opened a pipeline from Baku (Azerbaijan) to Ceyhan (Turkish Mediterranean coast).  Other pipelines terminating in Ceyhan are also in the works.

    Result: Turkey can get and do whatever it wants.

    "Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

    by enhydra lutris on Thu Sep 24, 2009 at 08:57:31 AM PDT

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