What does Russia Want

    Originally Posted at Voices in the Wilderness Russia and Georgia have found themselves in military conflict for 3 or 4 days now and there does not seem to be any let up despite calls by The United States and the European powers (demands without weapons in the real world does little to change facts on the ground). The conflict will not stop until Russia has | Read More »

    And some days the bear eats you

    From the diaries by Erick. The Russian bear is awake from its hibernation. Russia’s response to the conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia was typically Russian – “disproportionate” – in the words of the Bush administration. The conflict, killing thousands and dsplacing tens of thousands in just a weekend’s short time, has serious implications for the United States, its newer friends among the former Soviet | Read More »

    The Gang of 10 Harms America, Not Just the GOP

    This morning on the radio I read EPU’S post, Kevin’s post, and Gamecock’s citation of Texas Ace’s comment. There is a common trait in each post that Texas Ace sums up quite well. By caving now, Saxby Shambles and Little Lord Fauntleroy, (as Doc calls him) have bailed them out of their predicament at the exact moment when the Republican party is on the brink | Read More »

    Bill Richardson Says Russia Should Condemn Itself

    Governor Bill Richardson on the Conflict Between Russia and Georgia @ Yahoo! Video Transcript via The Hotline Richardson: “My view is that the United States — if we had a stronger relationship with Russia, we could exercise strong diplomacy to stop this effort against Georgia. We should immediately go to the United Nations Security Council, condemn Russia’s action, and then get the Security Council to | Read More »

    Trevino on America’s Stake in the Caucasus.

    This piece originally ran at joshuatrevino.com. America’s stake in the Caucasus war just went up. In the past 24 hours, the Russians launched offensive operations beyond the secessionist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, marking a dramatic expansion in their war aims — well beyond the putative casus bellum of protecting Russian citizens. (It should be recalled that these “citizens” are Abkhaz and Ossetian locals | Read More »

    For Those Who Think We Don’t Have Vital Interests At Stake In The Russia-Georgia War . . .

    Read this: The war in Georgia escalated dangerously last night after Russian jets reportedly bombed a vital pipeline that supplies oil to the West. After a day of heightening international tensions, Georgian leaders claimed that the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, which transports oil from the Caspian Sea to Turkey, had been attacked. But it is thought the bombs missed their target. Their claims came after Russian jets | Read More »

    South Ossetia – Some Semi-Invited Thoughts

    One of our Directors pinged me on Friday about penning some thoughts on the South Ossetia situation – due to my considerable (and ongoing) eastern European business experience, including one visit (two years ago) to the Caucasus region. I can’t claim any insider knowledge, but having seen quite a bit, I’ll just note that contrary to Francis Fukuyama’s expectations, history is once again asserting itself. | Read More »

    Marching Through Georgia

    Russia certainly demonstrated its capacity for good timing when it decided to make war against Georgia on the same day that the Olympics began in Beijing. I don’t know specifics about the balance of forces between Russia and Georgia but my gut tells me that while the Russian military outclasses the Georgian one, it isn’t by much and the experience of recent Russian military adventures | Read More »

    No heroes or clean hands in S. Ossetia

    (I would have edited the wording of some sentences that were more pertinent to Lesterblog but every such sentence included an important link, so I decided RS readers don’t need a further explanation of a cross-post, anyway. BTW, I forgot that RS 3.0 was imminent when I disappeared a couple weeks back. I like it.) This weekend’s rapidly escalating fighting in the former Soviet republic | Read More »

    Hawkish McCain

    The current Georgia-Russia conflict highlights one of the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the next president: Rising authoritarian tendencies of Mother Russia and its impact on former Soviet nations. Cold War tensions have recently resurfaced in the wake of disagreements on missile defense shields in Eastern Europe, NATO membership to former Soviet nations, energy resources, and a host of other issues. The Weekly Standard | Read More »

    MI Morning Update

    87 Days until Election Day August 9, 2008 MORNING UPDATE: RUSSIA INVADES GEORGIA…this is unacceptable and the civilized world and the United States should condemn this action and take steps to end this conflict.  Below is Congressman Thaddeus McCotter’s statement. PELOSI RALLY HIGHLIGHTS…7th District Chairman Wyck Seelig prepared a video of the event which provides a great summary and here are some additional photos of | Read More »

    Military importance of South Ossetia

    Why is Russia so interested in “defending” a micro-nation of 70,000 people (South Ossetia) that it is willing to risk international conflict? Let’s have a look at the map: View Larger Map

    McCain’s Statement on Georgia.

    STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON RUSSIA’S AGGRESSION IN GEORGIAFor Immediate ReleaseContact: Press OfficeFriday, August 8, 2008703-650-5550 ARLINGTON, VA — U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement regarding the current conflict between Georgia and Russia: “Today, news reports indicate that Russian military forces crossed an internationally-recognized border into the sovereign territory of Georgia. Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all | Read More »

    Meanwhile, In The Caucusus…

    The ceasefire between Georgia and its breakaway province seems to have ended. One rather disturbing quote from the article: Interfax quoted the president of North Ossetia, a Russian area bordering South Ossetia, *as saying hundreds of volunteers were heading to join the fight “and we can’t stop them.” *As many as 1,000 volunteers from Abkhazia, another Georgian breakaway region with close ties to Russia, planned | Read More »

    Recess Revolution

    It is rare that one gets a chance to realize the historic nature of a series of events while they are still ongoing – to watch history unfold before your very eyes. But, this is one of those times. We need not look back in reflection to see how the winds of change are sweeping through America this week. With the nation more despondent with | Read More »