How Would President Obama Handle Russian Expansion

    Timing is a funny thing. Just a few days ago Russia invaded Georgia, in an attempt to rein in a nascent democracy that Russia has always considered to be within its sphere of influence. And yesterday Poland and the U.S. come to agreement on ballistic missile defense and reciprocal defense. What a curious coincidence, huh? Would a President Obama be willing to commit to the | Read More »

    Classic Liberal Thought Process

    This morning as I flipped through the radio stations I came across an NPR news broadcast that really astounded me with its completely illogical, and classically liberal, train of thought. The topic was German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit with Russian diplomats to “discuss” the Georgian “crisis”. The NPR reported pointed out that Russia voted against NATO membership for Georgia earlier this year and is one | Read More »

    Russia’s Tactics Not New

    I have not been a member of RedState for long, and this is my first post. I have greatly enjoyed reading all of the posts made and the emphasis placed on conservative principles and practices. Keep it up! However, in all of the coverage of the Russia/Georgia war there is one aspect which I have not seen stated anywhere, but which I believe has a | Read More »

    MI Morning Update 8-15-2008

    DaysUntil Election Day: 81 August 15, 2008 MORNING UPDATE: McCAIN NATION HOUSE PARTIES…COUNTY CONVENTIONS…thousands of activists around the country last evening participated in “McCain Nation” conferences nationwide. NY Mayor Rudy Guliani was the special guest with Cindy McCain and top strategist Charlie Black.  It was very impressive and many county parties throughout Michigan participated. As many county parties held McCain Nation events during their conventions…the | Read More »

    The Price Of Aggression

    In recent days, Russian government officials have been fond of telling their American counterparts that the United States should choose between a friendship with Russia and supporting its “special project” in Georgia. What the Russians need to understand, of course, is that they face a choice of their own: Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Thursday that if Russia doesn’t pull back from its fighting in | Read More »

    Democrats bizarrely in sync with Moscow

    That whole Georgia attack by Russia thing, was all a “plot by Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, to stop Barak Obama being elected president of the United States.” Liberals love Russia. They think Russia invading a peaceful democracy is the same as taking a tyrant out of power and stopping the wholesale slaughter of his own people, at his own hands.

    BREAKING: NATO Reaction To Georgia/Russia War

    At last! NATO has come out with a statement regarding the Russian invasion of Georgia. Here’s the response from NATO:

    Poland and US Ink Missile Deal

    The US and Poland have reached agreement today on the installation of missile interceptors on Polish territory. Interestingly, the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, announced the deal on national television. The two countries had been negotiating a deal for quite some time. The US views the system as primarily a defense against missile threats from rogue states such as Iran. The Poles have, obviously, other | Read More »

    Speaking of Separatist States…

    With the Russian-Georgian conflict erupting over South Ossetia, I figure it’s a good time to recall the history of the Union-Confederate conflict over West Virginia. No, the situations are not really close to the same in terms of centuries of ethnic issues or international politics, but some of the themes are very concurrent. Both situations deal with a population split between affinities to their old | Read More »

    Thoughts on South Ossetia, Russia and Nation States

    Using a perceived Volksgeist as basis for creating nation states is potentially the root of many bad situations. In a post Ottoman world very few of their formers charges have been successful in creating functional and effective governments or nation states for that matter. The imposition of Soviet rule just further complicated Eastern European/Middle Eastern countries evolutionary process and in many cases propagated ill founded | Read More »

    MI Morning Update 8-14-2008

    82 DaysUntil Election DayAugust 14, 2008 QUOTE OF THE DAY:“This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where Russia can threaten its neighbors, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed.” Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State MORNING UPDATE: McCAIN IN MICHIGAN…a very successful day raising money, motivating the troops and doing a series of press interviews | Read More »

    Figures

    The more serious an international situation gets, the less serious certain American pundits get. Can we all agree now that people like Robert Scheer are beyond the pale? This should have been obvious eons ago. Unless Scheer has a plausible theory on how “neoconservatives” induced Russia to attack Georgia, paying him to write columns is pretty much as useful as resurrecting the memory of Edsel | Read More »

    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 »

    The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power

    By George Friedman The Russian invasion of Georgia has not changed the balance of power in Eurasia. It simply announced that the balance of power had already shifted. The United States has been absorbed in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as potential conflict with Iran and a destabilizing situation in Pakistan. It has no strategic ground forces in reserve and is in | Read More »