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 »

    Quote Of The Day

    It is true that many Russians were humiliated by the way the Cold War ended, and Putin has persuaded many to blame Boris Yeltsin and Russian democrats for this surrender to the West. The mood is reminiscent of Germany after World War I, when Germans complained about the “shameful Versailles diktat” imposed on a prostrate Germany by the victorious powers and about the corrupt politicians | Read More »

    Maybe Wes Clark Was Right

    We all know the story well because we flogged Wes Clark with it in 2004. June 12, 1999. Priština International Airport. Details of Russia’s surprise occupation of Pristina airport at the end of the Kosovo war are revealed in a new BBC documentary on the conflict. For the first time, the key players in the tense confrontation between Nato and Russian troops talk about the | Read More »

    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 »

    Russia, you keep using that word.

    Via Josh Treviño, the headline of a Russian newspaper (since changed when the propaganda was exposed): Peacekeepers seize Army base inside Georgia. It now says “leave” instead of “seize,” but you can’t leave a base unless you entered it at some point, could you? We all must take down the names of anyone who parrots the Russian imperialist (literally, they’re expanding the empire here) point | 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 »

    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 »

    Russians Do Not Have Georgia On Their Minds

    Yesterday I was listening to an interview on CNN Late Edition between Wolf Blitzer and the President of Georgia. The full transcript of this interview is here. One thing that made my jaw drop was a response by the President to a question Wolf asked about Americans in Georgia. Well, one has to say that America is very highly regarded in Georgia. By the way, | Read More »

    This is worth repeating over and over again

    The Kremlin tore in to John McCain via his chief foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, on Saturday. The Russians, angry at McCain’s strong statement denouncing Russia’s invasion of Georgia, pointed out that Scheunemann had lobbied for American ally Georgia. At the same time the Kremlin was attacking John McCain for Scheunemann’s ties to Georgia . . . you guessed it . . . Barack Obama’s | Read More »

    Georgia and the American National Interest (UPDATE: McCain gets it)

    In the days since Russian troops marched into Georgia, there have been any number of voices telling Americans that this is not our concern: It’s so far away. There are interminable ethnic conflicts involved. And it does not affect our national interest. Most of the voices saying these things say the same about Iraq, and they do so under the same misapprehension of the American | 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 »

    McCain Wins Russian/Georgian Conflict 3:00 A.M. Moment

    You remember Hillary’s infamous 3:00 a.m. ad. Russia’s invasion of Georgia presented Senators McCain and Obama with a true 3:00 a.m. moment. Their responses to the crisis suggest dramatic differences in how each candidate would lead America during an international crisis. McCain got it right from the start. In his initial statement, McCain sided clearly with America’s ally, Georgia, took Russia to task for violating | Read More »

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    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 »