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McCain Ups the Ante on The Republic of Georgia

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From “Cameron’s Corner” Blogg, check it out–

ARLINGTON, VA – Today, in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator John McCain delivered the following statement regarding the current conflict between Georgia and Russia:

“Americans wishing to spend August vacationing with their families or watching the Olympics may wonder why their newspapers and television screens are filled with images of war in the small country of Georgia.  Concerns about what occurs there might seem distant and unrelated to the many other interests America has around the world.  And yet Russian aggression against Georgia is both a matter of urgent moral and strategic importance to the United States of America.

“Georgia is an ancient country, at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and one of the world’s first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion.  After a brief period of independence following the Russian revolution, the Red Army forced Georgia to join the Soviet Union in 1922.  As the Soviet Union crumbled at the end of the Cold War, Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but its early years were marked by instability, corruption, and economic crises.

“Following fraudulent parliamentary elections in 2003, a peaceful, democratic revolution took place, led by the U.S.-educated lawyer Mikheil Saakashvili.  The Rose Revolution changed things dramatically and, following his election, President Saakashvili embarked on a series of wide-ranging and successful reforms.  I’ve met with President Saakashvili many times, including during several trips to Georgia.

“What the people of Georgia have accomplished – in terms of democratic governance, a Western orientation, and domestic reform – is nothing short of remarkable.  That makes Russia’s recent actions against the Georgians all the more alarming.  In the face of Russian aggression, the very existence of independent Georgia – and the survival of its democratically-elected government – are at stake.


Written by Ridgeliner7

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 12:55:44 PM

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  1. So nobody in Washington saw this coming, Russia has been saying over and over again that it wanted to be included in the planned European missile defense shield and that doesn’t excuse aggression but I think they really want closer ties with Europe, how can the mantle carrier for the GOP that allowed us to be helpless to really threaten to do something,get brownie point for doing nothing? maybe we should ask Israel to attack Russia before they attack (and with good reason) Iran. Turn Fox news off long enough to see what is happening.I feel horrible for the Georgians but saber rattling when we are tied down in Iraq and Afghanistan is not going to phase Putin, he will finish doing what he is doing and make nice when we have some free heavy units. And thats only as long as China stay out of anybody face, we need troops or better diplomats or both.


    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 2:25:00 PM

  2. Dummidumbwit, you are living up to your name, unfortunately….

    Russia has, at least a dozen times, specifically rejected being a part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. Please provide proof of what you say! Putin invaded Georgia for only one reason, and that is because it and Belarus have aligned themselves with the West and asked for membership in NATO. Putin dreams of glory, restoring the old USSR.

    Please don’t come here again to insult me, making snide, moronic comments about turning off Fox News, either.

    You sir, are a dishonest person, because you damn well know that independent studies by such lackies of the Right like Harvard, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government have always shown Fox to be more independent, and fairer in its coverage than the MSN.

    Perhaps your time is better spent posting lies to your eager, Kool-Aid drinking readers and making misinformed comments on Digg….


    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 3:24:12 PM

  3. They wanted the missile shield forward based or did,that was the sticking point It may as you seem to infer be too late for that now or is it? KGB types are actually noted for not pushing past certain points in the past,as well as being the intellectual elite of the Old system other than dissidents. We avoided Nuclear War for almost 30 years. Now what, McCain is talking the talk, but we are tied down in Iraq, Should a last attempt be made with the carrot, or just make other plans, hell it isn’t really Bush’s fault but it’s definitely not good for Georgia or us, what do you suggest? Air support, that’s an option, hopefully nothing else will go off also, like Iran and Israel, or China get antsy about something,India/Pakistan, the list is endless, seriously I’m all ears.(and OK the FOX thing was a cheap shot,I’m sorry)


    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 4:32:50 PM

  4. The U.S.S.R. rejected it 100%. Reagan offered them the technology, they refused. Putin never asked for it as President of the Russian Confederation. You must be thinking of the Poles, perhaps?

    We avoided nuclear war for 30 years because of MAD. Mutually Assured Destruction. That is hardly something anyone sane would agree to live by again. I hope so.

    Please, please don’t buy into the media’s postulation that we are “tied down” and couldn’t respond in Georgia, or elsewhere. To put it simply, we are not out of troops. And our air power could have contained the Russians in Georgia. There are 50,000 some troops in Korea, that could be redeployed, if need be. And in fact, those troops are included in contingency plans at the DOD.

    Apology accepted, sir. I am not so easily pigeon holed and am certainly not carrying McCain’s water….just making the best of two (to me) sub par choices.


    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 6:37:15 PM

  5. And the EU has troops up the wazoo also and they are generally very good.Not Reagan’s SDI, it’s planned to use combinations of Naval and army existing systems refined for missile defense and putting them on Poland’s border or the Russian’s would like them on their own eastern/southern border. It’s not operational now, but the Guided missile Cruisers have part of it the Patriot missile would be improved also, not SDI and Bush and Putin have been batting that around for years, no offense taken, I may be a Democrat but I love Military stuff.I believe we hit an incoming ICBM with a Navy missile, that’s it.


    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 8:05:36 PM

  6. What you are talking about is SDI. The same deal…just its heir. The newest evolution…it is indeed SDI! We have adopted it to existing, easier to deploy technology, and that is What Poland just approved us installing within their borders.

    The EU has no troops, but its members are members of NATO. The EU has no Command and Control worth speaking of, which is predictable. They (the EU), like most of the world, relies on us to protect them, 80%, and of course shoulder the cost.


    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 9:14:33 PM

  7. Some really nice Hardware though German Leopard II


    Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 12:09:01 AM

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