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The “color revolution” will continue to be the preferred route for the United States in effecting regime change in Central Asia. But the limits to the United States’s capacity to intervene also cannot but be noted. As a perceptive observer recently noted, the US is a “renter rather than a bona-fide landlord of Eurasian property” – and a renter can always be evicted by the landlord.

The United States’ defence strategy unveiled by President Barack Obama in Washington on January 5 has been occasioned by the need to slash the spending of the Pentagon by nearly half a trillion dollars over the next decade. There is undeniably some merit in the viewpoint that this is a strategy that has been driven by budget woes – although Obama and the Pentagon chief Leon Panetta have insisted that it is indeed a pure strategy.

The year 2011 will be remembered as a period of unprecedented uncertainty in the history of modern Europe. On the one hand, contrary to widespread apocalyptic expectations, the EU did not crumble and the amplitude of the oscillations in the value of the relatively young European currency did stay within tolerable limits. On the other, it is clear that the integrated Europe's worst crash tests are still ahead and that the difficulties confronting the EU are a lot more systemic than circumstantial.

God was manifest in the flesh in order that we might know him and partake his life, in order that the very flesh could share his triumph, wrote Ephrem the Syrian in the IV century, adding a significant clarification that this triumph of God, if performed without appearing in the flesh, would not have been triumph in the full sense. Even many an epoch later, the concept continued to inspire profound interpretations. World War I was raging when St. Justin Popovic, a young philosopher and theologian resident in a tiny Serbian town, wrote that, while other religions urged humans to become superhuman to rise above human sins and to sever ties to the world to avoid worldly evils and wrong-doings, only Christianity called for staying sinless within the evil world, faithful among the treacherous, and immune to inescapable filth. 

The law, allowing the US President to significantly cut the Irranian oil export, caused plenty of comments and sharp response of Iran. Later on the situation with the anti-Iranian critisizm has blown away and softer notes from the both sides could be heard. This, certainly, does not change the matter itself and the principal problem is still vivid on the global agenda: it is whether the US still bears the plans to start the war against Iran, and if the answer is positive, then when it is planed to happen.

The forecasts of this kind in politics are not just guesswork, because any war has to be well prepared. An interesting picture appears out of the puzzle-steps, being made by Washington. 

Practically at the same time, when the law, concerning new sanctions against Iran appeared, on the eve of the New Year we heard the US Vice-President, Joseph Byden, as saying that the Taliban movement is no longer an enemy of the USA. “Mr. President has never declared that the Taliban threatens our interests. The problem will arise if this movement starts posing a threat to the government of their country, the government that helps us to struggle against bad guys”.