South Ossatia

New proxy war with Russia ..another Bush failure.

Mr. President,
While you were sitting impatiently and staring at your watch at the opening of the Olympic games, and goofing with the volleyball team, on the other side of the world one more Bush-failure was unfolding. It is much like watching you read The Pet Goat while we were attacked on 9/11.

Your push to assume dominance in the Mid East and its vast oil reserves has been a huge disaster and now Russia's refusal to yield to your ally Georgia's claim of Ossatia has also become a dismal failure for Bush foreign policy/play-for-oil dominance.

After you invaded Iraq, Russian Air Force commander Vladimir Mikhailov remarked as far back as June 6 2005 that Russia would be also prepared to use tanks and warplanes to destroy terrorist bases wherever they find them.

"As for terrorists and our fighter jets, if we have high-precision weapons and know the whereabouts of a terrorist gang, why not smash it, even if it's outside Russia."

You set the stage for pre-emptive attacks with your Bush Doctrine. Permitting themselves the right to also use force on any potential enemy without bothering with diplomacy. And now they have followed up on that threat.

What is good for the goose is good for the gander junior.

Georgia has endeared themselves to you by sending 2000 of its troops to fight in Iraq in return for arms and training.

It is hard to figure out who took advantage of whom when they agreed to let you install military bases along their one very important pipeline in return for promoting Georgia's membership into NATO.

Putin had called the expansion of NATO and the missile defense shield as the start of a new cold war.

Over the past few years, the Kremlin has groused over the succession of former Soviet states, including Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, as they staged pro-democracy revolts and left Moscow's geopolitical orbit.

"We can expect to see fresh efforts to strengthen [pro-Russian politician Viktor] Yanukovich," says Dmitri Suslov, an analyst with the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, an independent Moscow think tank.

Moscow's strategy is about reclaiming the regional states around Russia, and integrating them with Russia's economy and conversely their oil and natural gas supplies.

The boost in oil prices and Russia's state ownership of Gazprom has provided Russia with significant funding and a stranglehold on a significant amount of energy resources.

Although Georgia does not have oil resources, it is an important transit point for oil and gas that does not involve Russia or Iran, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, the same pipeline that rebel Kurds recently set afire and still burns in Turkey.

The simmering conflict between Russia and it’s small, former Soviet neighbor Georgia
erupted late on Thursday when Georgia sent forces into South Ossetia, a small pro-Russian province which separated from Georgian in the 1990s.

The war between Russia and Georgia may not mean very much to most Americans right now, but it is a crucial energy transit country for about one per cent of the world's oil which travels to Turkey and Europe.

Russia responded to the incursion of their ally by pouring troops and tanks south through the Caucasus mountains into South Ossetia to drive back the Georgians.

I am surprised that the press reported that the conflict alarmed the West. What did you think was going to happen when a pro-American nation invades a pro-Russian country … to be received with flowers?

Russian troops and tanks took control of Tskhinvali, the region's devastated capital, early on Sunday. The question is will they keep the tanks rolling until Georgia is completely overrun? And if they do, what will you do about it?

Date: August 11, 2008 2:03:29 AM CDT
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