After protests turned into a revolution, Bakiyev was ousted from the capital and an interim government was installed. Bakiyev, however, insists that he retains legitimate authority over the government as the elected ruler of Kyrgyzstan. The issue of legitimacy is important to Washington as well; a key air base in the north of the Kyrgyzstan serves a tactical role in the ongoing wars in the Middle East. If the United States government fails to back the correct claimant to Kyrgyzstan's presidency, a sharp backlash against American presence could occur, necessitating withdrawal or American invasion at a time when the military is already stretched too thin. Hopefully we'll back the right horse.