Russia is a shrinking (lowest birth rate in Europe) dynasty who has experienced an economic resurgence with new oil finds within their territory. Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, has seized control of the government as de facto supreme dictator and is hoping to recapture the glory of the old Soviet Union state.
This will NEVER happen since Eastern Europe and all of the other Russian satellite states, run by Russian puppet governments do not wish to live under tyranny and despotism again.
But, the American LEFT is always happy to blame the United States and help facilitate their old RED traveling buddies, the Russians.
Poland and the United States have made a wise decision on national missile defense and joint military aid pacts.
Now, the United States must push a NATO, Ukraine and Georgia mutual defense pact.
Yesterday the United States and Poland signed a preliminary missile defense deal and in typical reactionary mode Russia has responded.
A top Russian general said Friday that Poland’s agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the plans to put missile defense elements in former Soviet satellite nations.
“Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike â€” 100 percent,” Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.
He added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia’s military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons “against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them.” Nogovitsyn that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, he said, according to Interfax.
As if Poland would be “safe” from Russian expansionism or a nuclear strike anyway.
The bloom is off the Putin rose in a resurgence of “Cold War” Russia. Typical Russian threats and why the United States and Europe need to strengthen NATO.
Do you think the EU will get the message or will they appease again?
In a shocker the United States and Poland signed a preliminary missile defense deal today. The Russians invade Georgia and move in the tanks and suddenly in what was an impasse, an agreement occurs.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced the agreement on national television shortly before it was signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer and US chief negotiator John Rood.
Mr Tusk said Washington had agreed to meet Warsaw’s main demands in exchange for hosting the 10 interceptor missiles in a former military base near Poland’s Baltic Sea coast.
In return, the US has agreed to help modernise the Polish armed forces and locate Patriot missiles and a garrison of US servicemen in Poland to beef up its air defences, Mr Tusk said.
Poland is reported to have demanded the extra security help as part of the deal after Moscow threatened to target its missiles at any eventual bases.
The US signed an agreement with the Czech Republic in July to base tracking radars there as part of the missile defence system.
The US wants the sites to be in operation by about 2012.
Flap is being facetious, of course.
What are the repercussions?
Russia will remain pissed off at the United States and Poland and target the ten interceptors with nuclear weapons. Big deal. This might worry other European countries but not the Poles.
And, Russia may try to base bombers in Cuba.
The latter would lead to a direct military confrontation with the United States.
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.
President Bush, flanked by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has announced a â€œvigorous and ongoingâ€ humanitarian mission to Georgia.
In the meantime, the United States has canceled joint military exercises with Russia.
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 GeorgiaRussia 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 â€” 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.
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 OssetiaRussian 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.
The Russian invasion of Georgia reminds the United States that the world is a dangerous place and that other countries are NOT deterred by talk in the United Nations.
And, what was the flap about American developing a national missile defense and basing some of the components in Poland and the Czech Republic?
President George Bush at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday August 11, 2008News item: Georgia ‘overrun’ by Russian troops as full-scale ground invasion begins
While President Bush is hanging out with the American athletes in China, Vladimir Putin heads to North Ossetia to lead the invasion of American supporting democratic Georgia.
Now, the President warns Russia to pull back in Georgia.
A little late to the dance – as usual for Bush.
The United States must take serious action against the Russians, including Russian expulsion from the G-8, exclusion from the World Trade Organization and acceleration of missile defense systems in Poland and Czech Republic. NATO should immediately invite Ukraine to apply for NATO membership and fast track the acceptance into the organization.
Meanwhile, the United States should immediately initiate trade sanctions, including bank sanctions with the Russians and tighten visa requirements to travel to the United States.
And, if Bush cannot raise to the task then he should get out of the way and let Dick Cheney run the country.