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Day By Day by Chris Muir

Barack Obama responded to the Russian invasion of Georgia by having Susan Rice calling John McCain bellicose while Obama strolled along the beaches of Hawaii on vacation.

Obama was missing in action and he referred the matter to the United Nations Security Council where Russia enjoys absolute veto authority.

If Obama does not choose Sam Nunn as his Vice President, Flap will be surprised. Even Evan Byah does not possess strong enough foreign policy credentials to compensate for the “ROOKIES” lack thereof.

Of course, we can also hope for Slow Joe Biden.


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Michael Ramirez on Russia v. Georgia

President Bush, flanked by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has announced a “vigorous and ongoing” humanitarian mission to Georgia.

In the meantime, the United States has canceled joint military exercises with Russia.

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Civilians walk towards a Georgian soldiers as he patrols the town of Gori on August 12. The United States has called on NATO to hold an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels next week to discuss the crisis in Georgia

Russia violates a brokered truce with Georgia and moves troops deep into Georgian territory.

A Russian military convoy thrust deep into Georgia on Wednesday and Georgian officials said Russian troops bombed and looted the crossroads city of Gori, violating a freshly brokered truce intended to end the conflict.

In the west, Georgia’s weakened military acknowledged its soldiers had pulled out entirely from Abkhazia, leaving both breakaway regions at the heart of the fighting in the hands of Russian-backed separatists.

Even as the Russian troops moved deep into Georgian territory from the separatist region of South Ossetia, a few dozen fighters from Abkhazia offered their own brazen challenge, planting their flag on a bridge over the Inguri River — outside the rebel territory.

“The border has been along this river for 1,000 years,” separatist official Ruslan Kishmaria told AP on Wednesday. He said Georgia would have to accept the new border and taunted the departed Georgian forces by saying they had received “American training in running away.”

Anyone NOT think this aggression by Russia is about oil. Look at the map.


By occupying Georgia, Russia cuts off the flow of oil and natural gas from Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan to the Black Sea. Russia will control the oil flow whose destination is Europe.

Will Ukraine up the stakes in this oil war?

And, what will be NATO’s response be? So, far, Flap hears crickets.

Not good.

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Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili speaks during a rally in Tbilisi August 12, 2008. At least 150,000 protesters cheered Saakashvili outside Georgia’s parliament on Tuesday, backing him in Georgia’s confrontation with Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev today ordered Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov to “stop the operation to force Georgian authorities to peace.”

“The aim of the operation has been achieved,” Medvedev said in televised remarks. “…The aggressor has been punished and has suffered very considerable losses.”

Close U.S. ally Georgia entered conflict with Russia last week after launching an offensive to retake the pro-Russian region of South Ossetia, which broke away from Georgian rule in 1992. Moscow responded with a huge counter-offensive.

Medvedev set two conditions for a full settlement of the conflict: Georgian troops had to return to their initial positions and be partly demilitarized, and a binding agreement had to be signed on the non-use of force.

It was not immediately clear whether Georgia would agree to these conditions.

It is clear the West underestimated Russian resolve to secure the oil and gas pipelines in the Caucuasus region and to exert its hegemony over its previous satellite states.


The United States should immediatey push for the following:

  • Expel Russia from the G-8
  • Oppose Russia membership in the World Trade Organization
  • Tighten Russia visa requirements for travel to the United States
  • Fast track Ukraine AND Georgia membership in NATO
  • Proceed in an expedited fashion the deployment of national missile defense components in the Czech Republic and Poland

Looks like a new Cold War with Russia, folks.

And, the United Nations – utterly useless.

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