TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — It was a claim that could have provoked a dangerous Kremlin response: The United States is readying to take over airports and ports in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The claim, by U.S.-backed Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili on Wednesday was swiftly shot down by officials in Washington, who denied any such designs on Georgian soil.
Fred Kagan states that "Russia started it" but points out that "Georgia troops advanced and encircled and cut-off a group of Russian troops, leaving room for reinforcements and not cutting communications."
While AEI was partisan there was an astonishing non-reference to regime change in Iraq. Not that I'm looking to draw moral equivalism but instead to point out that the protestations of "go it alone" and "unilateral acts" ring hollow.
Call me a "callous bastard" or a pragmatist, but the actions of the Georgians initiated the actions that followed. Granted that there was factually a build-up to the response by Russia, but all the same, there seems to be miscommunication between Washington and Tiblisi. I just don't have the "romantic notion" to substantiate the rhetoric of Mikhail Saakashvili.
The circumstances are surreal, it is as if a midas touch in reverse is in effect. I wonder if Mikhail Saakashvili has a grasp of the circumstances or if he is similar to Baghdad Bob in his interpretation of events.
The statements by Russia that they can protect Russian citizens anywhere, convene kangaroo courts, and perform pre-emptive warfare is like there was a page ripped from the Neocon playbook or a facelift of the patriot act to Russian foreign policy.
No folks the world is not a saffer place.
When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruins and slaughter.
The legacy of the Bush years is the legitimization of the concept that pre-emptive military acts that violate national soverienty and that Kangaroo courts are expedient goals defined arbitrarly has now come full circle.
We now have Iraq asking for a timeline for withdrawal, Olmert suffering the consequences of his run to the Sistani river, Musharraf facing impeachment, Blair gone, Neocons discredited, Rumsfeld and Bremmer acknowledged as failures in post war occupation of Iraq, North Korea calling the shots in negoitiations, and Russia feeding us our own Bullshit as excuses for their aggression upon the former satellite states.
Kagan acknowledged the one key fact we cannot ignore, that Georgia lacked the awareness to make a sound judgement before their act that gave the excuse that Russia was seeking.
The Neocons set a "new standard" yes a Standard, where as pickpockets they now decry the murderer. They howl for international law, as society vanishes and the neocons spread their ruin and slaughter.
There were comments in the AEI presentation that were made about Russia that were snide and deregatory, let me exceed anything stated, telling the truth as I do: As far as the "N" word goes, Putnin set a new standard for the "N" word, he is now the poster-boy of neocons, his actions and rhetoric makes it impossible to distinguish him from neocons. Putnin's acts put him outside polite company, his words are hollow, his motives naked.
Given a few years people will see him for what he is.