Yesterday, local daily newspaper here in Belgrad contained article about refocussing of US military's attention away from so called "War on Terror" operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and taking longer view that Russia and China are real threats. The first 'premise' behind story is that US military, with Robert Gates' agreement (or vice-verca) has given up on GWOT, Iraq and Afghanistan as 'unwinnable' and just getting out as soon as possible is recommended. Then, as Middle East security deteriorates due to (lack of) security in Iraq, China and Russia start to exert their influence - in competition with US - to secure oil reserves and supply. Second 'premise' is that both Russia and China see that US 'single superpower' status has been severly damaged by recent neo-conservative adventures. In effect, they see a 'power gap' has closed and that they feel they can now flex their mussels once again. Although the Whitehouse refuses to acknowledge this, a military is out of blocks and making preparations. Sorry, no internet link to the story, hence my summary. I now hear Putin has been unruffling some feathers in Munich. Any thoughts?