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The NATO forces aren’t going anywhere from Afghanistan. They will remain in the Hindu Kush for as long as it takes. Richard Holbrooke, United States Special Representative for AfPak is on record that the Lisbon summit will have on its agenda no exit strategy for Afghanistan but rather a mere “transition” plan. He announced that the US’ combat mission will not end until 2014.

Several days since the Seoul G20 summit, the majority of comments are quite reasonably displaying a total lack of optimism.

The forum passed the Seoul declaration, churned out several other documents, and generated an initiative to establish a global financial security network mostly based on the IMF mechanisms.

The NATO summit which will convene in Lisbon on November 19-20 will adopt the alliance's new strategic concept switching NATO from regional defense to global-scale missions in the interests of the core of the modern capitalist world-system. In practice, the reform will institutionalize the West's victory in the Cold World War III.

Recent political developments in the EU show that certain forces in Europe and the US are implementing in the western part of Eurasia a New Atlantism project aligned with the US plan for the game on the Grand Chessboard.

Ideologically, Atlantim is premised in the assumption that the US should achieve global dominance. The ideology is better known as Euro-Atlantism or trans-Atlantism in Europe.

Two events which had been anticipated for quite long took place in the U.S. shortly before the G20 summit in Seoul. On 2 November the Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives, and on 3 November the U.S. Federal Reserve announced that it would pump $600 billion into the US economy by the end of June 2011 in order to boost the fragile recovery.

The Seoul G20 summit will stay on record as a failed attempt to find a way out of the labyrinths of the global economy. At the moment the group of twenty global economy champions is locked in two bitter disputes: one between the proficit and the deficit countries and the other - between currency manipulators and potential victims of the currency manipulation.

The US Federal Reserve announced it would additionally pump some freshly printed $600b into the economy via a new treasuries buying program. The message thus sent to the world is that as always the Federal Reserve is going to advance its own interests regardless of the impact of its steps on the global economy.

Great Britain has unveiled plans to cut its military budget by 8% in the next four years, which is the biggest cut since the end of the World War II. On hearing it Washington voiced concern over possible weakening of its ally’s defense potential. In Germany the reaction on the plan of David Cameron’s Cabinet to withdraw the British troops from Germany by 2020 (not by 2035) in order to save money for the state budget was quite controversial.

In the situation of military and political standoff against the Arabic World the authorities of Israel are paying particular attention to the information war.

The national intelligence service and the computer systems and communication department of the General Staff of the Israeli armed forces are in charge of planning and implementation of operations aimed at distortion of components of the information and telecommunication infrastructures in other countries.

Political commentator George Friedman wrote in the aftermath of the November US midterms which left the Democrats with a headache: "Obama comes out of this election severely weakened domestically. If he continues his trajectory, the rest of the world will perceive him as a crippled president, something he needn't be in foreign policy matters".