On another front, Russia marks a major success against US influence in Central Asia:
Asia Times Online :: A thoroughbred on the Kyrgyz steppes
A very interesting key point of Bhadrakumar's article is that while democracy opened the doors to US influence, it has proved a double edged sword, incapable of restoring political stability sufficiently to ensure consolidation of the gains, while its ultimate weakness has collapse has wiped those gains out altogether and left the "democrats" looking like paid placemen.
I think we can look forward to seeing this patten repeat itself multiple times over the coming years, with critical ramifications for Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
It is also another major policy reversal for Turkey in a part of the world it regards as its back yard.
It also reinforces the view that the Geopolitical gloves are coming well and truly off.