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 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 »

    Bush might actually know what he’s doing with Georgia and Russia

    Could George W. Bush’s stance on the Russian invasion of Georgia actually have good merit? I argue yes; whether he knows it or not is up for debate. My conclusion is based on the “splendid little war” of 1898, the Spanish-American War.By 1898, Cuba’s fight for independence against Spain was beginning to seriously affect the United States. First, there was a human rights issue where | 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 President’s | Read More »

    Further Proof That Obama is “The One”

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Obamessiah has indeed brought forth peace into the world.Check out Virginia Governor Tim Kaine’s statement from this morning:“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 by President | Read More »

    Putin’s Eyes

    Those who are fond of repeating the Democrats’ talking point that a McCain victory would be a “Bush third term” should consider this:After meeting with Vladimir Putin in 2001, President Bush said:I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue.I was able to get a sense of his soul.

    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. LinkThe 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 rally’s | Read More »

    MI Morning Update 8-12-2008

    84 DaysUntil Election DayAugust 12, 2008MI 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.… “Russia’s aggression against | 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 WildernessRussia 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 achieved | 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 of | 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 republics and | Read More »

    Bill Richardson Says Russia Should Condemn Itself

    Governor Bill Richardson on the Conflict Between Russia and Georgia @ Yahoo! VideoTranscript via The HotlineRichardson: “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 pass a | Read More »