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, 2008QUOTE 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 throughout a | Read More »
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 Ford | 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 that | Read More »
The Russo-Georgian War and the Balance of Power
By George FriedmanThe 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 no | Read More »
The AP Pimps the Obama & Russian Talking Point With Democrats As Objective Observers
This is so typical. John McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.Yes, it is the same talking point Obama and the Russians have been using all week.This time they kicked it | 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 »
Drill for National Security
The opponents of increased domestic drilling complain that it will take too many years before the oil it produces will get to market, and that it will make very little difference in the price of gasoline at the pump. Both arguments are totally without merit, as I have shown here, here and here. But let’s forget all that for the moment.Though high prices at the | Read More »
November 9, 2011
November 9, 2011BERLIN (AP) – In a ceremony flush with symbolism, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Hubertus Heil laid the cornerstone of a new “security wall” that will act as a demarcation line between the “Worker’s Zone” established by the SPD and the portions of Berlin crowded with NATO and U.S. Forces. The construction of the wall marks the latest in a series | Read More »
Michigan Morning Update 8-13-2008
83 DaysUntil Election DayAugust 13, 2008MICHIGAN 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 aggression, Russian troops | 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 works | 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 Caucasian republic: | Read More »