US out of Uzbekistan.
By Moe Lane Posted in Foreign Affairs — Comments (18) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
And about blipping time, too:
The US has flown its last plane out of an air base in Uzbekistan that has been an important staging point for US military operations in Afghanistan.
Uzbekistan in July gave the US six months to leave the base, after it joined international condemnation of the suppression of a May uprising.
In a ceremony, troops lowered the US flag and handed to Uzbek officials the keys to the Karshi-Khanabad base.
I approve of this with the full understanding that K2 was very useful for US forces operating in Afghanistan, and that losing the base complicates our logistics. So noted. But I've disliked this particular regime from the start of the GWOT, have made no secret of it, and am now downright delighted that we stopped tolerating (however reluctantly) the Uzbek regime's human rights abuses. The - let us be blunt; massacre - at Andijan was a point beyond which I could not go, and I take some comfort in the fact that in the end the Bush Administration could not, either.
We will now pause while the Loyal Opposition engages in a shout or two about pre-Adijan Uzbek human rights crimes; a topic sadly neglected in the past few months, once it became clear that said crimes could no longer be effectively used as a club with which to flail at this adminstration.