8.18.2008

Georgia On My Mind

Russia's assault on the sovereignty of Georgia is a major challenge to the influence and credibility of the United States. If we can't, or won't, stand up for an ally then an alliance with the U.S. won't be worth much.

And if an alliance with the United States isn't worth much, our opinion on international matters won't be worth much, either. In a very real sense, the Georgian conflict will determine the power of the United States for many years.

Europe is continuing their spineless ways, just as they were content to allow mass slaughter in the former Yugoslavia, they are content to remain passive in the face of Russia's direct threat to their neighbor and themselves.

Anything other than harsh response will lead Russia to invade another country. Why not? If we don't do anything but talk, there is nothing to stop them. Of course, we cannot ignore the role of our Iraq war in all this maneuvering. Russia is betting, accurately, that the United States does not want another major conflict simultaneous with two full-scale wars.

This is the time for Germany and other nations to place troops in Georgia to protect their democracy, as well as Georgia's. And any alternate energy plans should be made top national security priority. Without oil, Russia is just another has-been on the world stage.

2 comments:

Fuzz said...

I think the USA has over extended itself and Russia (and Iran) know it.

Karen Shea said...

It is not clear to me if that this is not another oil war started with a lie. The "Democratic" Georgians have been repressing the Ossetians since day one. The US has been training and arming the Georgians and has lots of military advisors there. The Georgians have gone in and slaughter unarmed civilians with cluster Bombs, tanks and throwing grenades into occupied houses. They are not letting the civilians evacuate.

This story sounds way to familiar. We egg a bunch of thugs to start a conflict in a resource rich area, send in the military to protect the thugs from the reaction. The resulting war costs the lives of thousands of troops and we end up occupying the area for decades because it is unstable. The Fortune 500 get the contracts to exploit the local resources during occupation.

Who created the instability by pouring in weapons and telling thugs we would back them up if they start killing people.

The United States Government.

Who Pays for it. The Poor in America with the lifes of their children. The middle class in america with high taxes, finantial instability and their children's futures.