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 »
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 »
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 »
Will Obama flip-flop on national defense in the face of Russian aggression?
For those who havent seen or remember this little take from Obama early in the campaign, now is a really good time to remember Obama’s call for disarmament.