If I May Be So Bold . . .
It is good that the President is sending Condi Rice to Georgia and having Secretary Gates organize humanitarian relief. But why stop there? What may be needed to resolve this crisis is a dramatic move by the President himself to highlight the gravity of Russia’s violation of Georgian territory and that may involve the President himself going to Georgia, standing side by side with Mikhail | Read More »
John McCain Was Very Presidential Today.
John McCain held a press conference today regarding the escalating situation in Georgia. He welcomed the steps that are being taken, but believes more must be done to ensure the security and stability of the nation of Georgia. He showed great concern for the loss of innocent life. He refused to allow the reporters to get him to respond to attacks from the Obama campaign | Read More »
Thank God He is Letting the Adults Handle This
Off of the top of my head the Georgian-Russian conflict has taught us a few lessons and exposed to us a few truths. Number 1 is that sometimes countries don’t always listen to what we say or do what we ask. President Bush has told Russia to draw back their troops to the contested territories and yet Russia has refused. Now I’m not 100 percent | Read More »
The Stakes are Raised in the Russo-Georgian War
Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko has recognized what is at stake in the ongoing Russo-Georgian War (I say ongoing because there is no evidence that the Russians intend to stop killing anytime soon regardless of their protestations) even if our own government has had a great deal of difficulty in coming to grips that Russia has ceased being an ally, partner, or competitor and is now | Read More »
Michigan Morning Update 8-13-2008
83 DaysUntil Election DayAugust 13, 2008 MICHIGAN MORNING UPDATE: McCAIN BACKIN MICHIGAN…today, to earn your votes while Obama vacationsin Hawaii. Michigan is a battleground state and the commitment fromboth campaigns of staff and resources, as well as the polling thatshows the race in Michigan a virtual dead heat, makes your effortsso much more important! 17 Electoral Votes! RUSSIA’SSLAUGHTER ON CEASE-FIRE IN GEORGIA…in an unprecedented showof | Read More »
Lindsey Graham Throws Saxby Chambliss Under the Bus
Yesterday, Senator Jim DeMint issued a press release and letter declaring that 36 senators had pledged to support October 1, 2008, as “American Energy Freedom Day.” October 1, 2008, is the date the ban on oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf expires. The 36 senators, writing to Senators Reid and McConnell, wrote It is our hope that Democrats and Republicans will stand together to | Read More »
To Paraphrase John Edwards . . .
There are, at the very least, two Andrew Sullivans. It is one thing to have changed your mind on the conflict in Iraq. It is quite another to do a complete 180 on the broader philosophical issues of the day without having even remotely laid the intellectual groundwork for having done so. The former is a respectable and understandable shift in position. The latter only | Read More »
The Latest In The Russia-Georgia War
Despite an order from Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for the Russian armed forces to cease their military operations, Georgia claims that offensive operations continue. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did; the audacity of Russia’s military maneuvers are matched only by the bluff and bluster, doubletalk and deception that the Russians are showing on the diplomatic and public relations front. The Russian government has done | Read More »
Georgia’s defeat and America’s options.
This piece originally appeared at joshuatrevino.com. What Mikheil Saakashvili began at his discretion, Vladimir Putin ends at his pleasure. The Russians have called a halt to their offensive in Georgia, and none too soon for the Georgians. What remains is the postwar settlement, and the American part in it. A look at the situation on the ground speaks to the Russian dominance of the little | Read More »
The Golfing Statesman Face of Barack
Fearsome Obama toadie Tim Kaine, VA governor and Veep hopeful, reminds us how this world works, now that The One has been revealed. It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I’m very, very happy that the Senator’s request for a ceasefire has been complied with | Read More »
The U.S. Cannot Abandon Georgia
The United States must intervene in the current conflict between Russia and Georgia. We have spent billions training Georgia’s military and have done everything to assist that young democracy. Now in the face of outrageous aggression by Russia, President Bush is going to let that country be destroyed? If we allow Russia to seize control of Georgia and its valuable oil pipeline then all the | Read More »
Where is Jim Marshall?
Promoted from the diaries by Erick. I’m a little confused. Our allegedly conservative Democrat congressman, Jim Marshall, claims to support exploration for domestic energy sources. And yet, we’re now into the second week of the energy protest in the House, led by two of our truly conservative Georgia congressmen, and Rep. Marshall is still on vacation. Imagine the incredible message that would be sent to | Read More »
Georgia/Russian War: Blame Obama
General Wesley Clark had one thing right during his tenure as a general in the U.S. military. He understood the portentous nature of the Russian’s move to take control of the airport in Pristina, Kosovo at the end of the 1999 NATO engagement in Yugoslavia. He ordered NATO forces to gear up to prevent the Russians from taking the airport but was opposed by British | Read More »
The Georgian Cease Fire and the Markets
Reuters reports that the Russians have halted operations ahead of their meeting with Sarkozy, and have softened their stance on the President of Georgia’s resgination. Link The article tries to draw a connection between the collapse of the rouble and the Russian stock market and Russia’s cease fire. It’s an interesting point, since the tumble began when Russia launched its offensive into Georgia, and a | Read More »
MI Morning Update 8-12-2008
84 DaysUntil Election DayAugust 12, 2008 MI MORNING UPDATE: RUSSIA CONTINUES SLAUGHTER OF GEORGIANS…in an unprecedentedshow of aggression, Russian troops are indiscriminately bombing andkilling thousands of civilians in it’s attempt to wipe outU.S. ally Georgia. The world in shock and can only stand byand watch, as the old Russian bear emerges, with KGB Colonel Putinin charge. Collateral damage? Where’s the outrage??? Somuch for change.http://migop.blogs.com/blog/2008/08/russia-slaughte.html McCAINSTATES… | Read More »