Russia's tightening grip

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Mikheil Saakashvili is hardly a George Washington. But you would be hard-pressed to find a more articulate proponent of democracy and freedom than the embattled Georgian president. To watch his calm, dignified, but desperate pleas for help on Western media as the Russians invaded his country was heartbreaking.

As Europe watches -- or maybe doesn't -- Vladimir Putin is laying claim to the continent's energy future, as he attempts to resurrect the Soviet Union's inglorious reign. With control of Georgia, Putin would have control of "the only significant European-bound route for Caspian Sea oil and gas that does not go through Russia," notes syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

"Moscow would become master of the Caspian basin," he writes.

And, of course, the Georgian invasion is Russia's shot across the bow of every former Soviet satellite.

We agree with Krauthammer that the world must respond swiftly and decisively -- at the very least diplomatically. Russia should be kicked out of the G-8 group of economic powers, kept out of the World Trade Organization and otherwise isolated as much as possible. Russia even has a presence in NATO; that should end yesterday.

Krauthammer also supports a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which is supposed to be near the site of this Russian war crime.

Russian leaders, to add insult to injury, have lied repeatedly about their intentions in Georgia, promising to withdraw over and over and only pillaging Georgia further. It's becoming clear, as Krauthammer suggested on this page Monday, that Russia intended all along simply to remove Saakashvili from power and replace him with a puppet of Moscow's. And, in the process, exert even more control over Europe's energy.

Atrocities such as this are rife in Russian history. But thanks to global communication satellites, we're able to watch this one live.

Until the Kremlin targets the satellites, one supposes.

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christian134
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christian134 08/21/08 - 04:39 am
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To expect Russia to sit idly

To expect Russia to sit idly on her hands and do nothing to recoup her losses is hubris to the extreme...Since the dissolving of her satellites countries her economy has suffered tremendously...I do not believe in Communism but to take away her infrastructure and supplant it with an alien political policies was bound to falter...She has struck after being able to quietly rebuild her former strength..If this happened in the United States we would move the heavens if need be to regain what we once were just as Russia has done today...We live in most uncertain times these days...What is needed is prayer lots of prayers and level mentally stable heads in a game that the common everyday person has no say about...

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 08/21/08 - 04:47 am
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Screw the crazy, paranoid,

Screw the crazy, paranoid, neocon psychiatrist Charles Krauthammer. If The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff (ACES) is listening to him it's no wonder they are confused. I listened to what Mikhail Gorbachev, the man who engineered the peaceful surrender of the Soviet Union to end the Cold War, had to say about Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia. Under cover of the Olympics Georgia's "democratic" leader ordered the shelling of towns in South Ossetia. Gorbachev backs Putin's actions. I bemoan the heavy handed response of the Russians instead of bring matters before an international body, but Bush has been heavy handed since Day One of his aggressive Presidency. United States has ringed Russia with missiles despite repeated warnings by Russia that they took this as a threat. The Bush/Cheney war regime's claim that they are putting interceptor missiles in Poland to ward off attacks from Iran and North Korea is patently absurd on its face. The Bush/Cheney regime has escalated tensions and bullied Russia for 8 years. They used Georgia's president to goad Russia despite promises made by the George H.W. Bush administration in 1989 that United States would not seek NATO status for former Soviet satellites in eastern Europe. Gorbatchev describes Georgia Attack, Media "Lies from Begining to End" Video - Posted 16/08/08
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20534.htm

fd1962
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fd1962 08/21/08 - 06:36 am
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Obviously the enlightened
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Obviously the enlightened 'world' chooses to ignore who exactly fired the first salvos in this conflict, confident that American promises and support would intimidate any significant Russian response. This episode should flush any remnants of the concept of America's and NATO's credibility right down the drain. Jan. 20th, '09 can't get here soon enough.

fd1962
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fd1962 08/21/08 - 06:40 am
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And is there a bigger joke
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And is there a bigger joke floating around than Condi Rice?

fd1962
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fd1962 08/21/08 - 06:54 am
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The best we can hope for now
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The best we can hope for now is that the Bush administration does not choose to insert their 'talents' in the resolution of the Fla., Ala., Ga. water conflict in a last-ditch effort to create a less pathetic legacy.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 08/21/08 - 07:41 am
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as the withdrawal plans are

as the withdrawal plans are being drawn up for iraq, we have to have a new enemy. how else can we justify a trillion a year for the "defense" department? how about the 3 trillion with a "T"
dollars that the pentagon cannot account for? i guess to be fair we could let the russians put missles in canada and mexico......
we the people need to take our country back from the neocons
that use us for their global domination plans......................

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mgroothand 08/21/08 - 08:49 am
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The pipeline in Georgia that

The pipeline in Georgia that was fought over is primarily a European problem. I read European newspapers and ironically we in the US are making more of this then the Europeans do. Surprised anyone?

jack
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jack 08/21/08 - 09:41 am
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fd1962, there is a bigger

fd1962, there is a bigger joke than Condi Rice-his name is Osama the stumbling, mumbling empty suit. I'm waiting for Jan 29 09 myslef to see McCain sworn in and to hear all you leftist Osama sycophants wailing and moaning. I'll furnish the cheese for your whines.

jack
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jack 08/21/08 - 09:47 am
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Mc which European papers do

Mc which European papers do you read? I read a little German, but not much.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 08/21/08 - 09:53 am
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Jack, you can't get anything

Jack, you can't get anything right. Inauguration day is 20 Jan 2009. Make sure you show up at the polls on Wed Nov 5th. That's the day set aside for Republican has-beens to vote. Your comments are as stale as a package of soda crackers left open for weeks on end.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 08/21/08 - 09:59 am
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Jack: Dutch, French, German

Jack: Dutch, French, German and Belgian but many other papers or newsmagazines have an English version. I should add that Belgian is not a language, they speak both Dutch and French in Belgium.

fd1962
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fd1962 08/21/08 - 10:24 am
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mgroothand, yes, we are
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mgroothand, yes, we are making a bigger deal over the pipeline than the Europeans simply because its completion was a product of American financing/ ownership. Russia is calling everybody's bluff and laughing up their sleeves. More neocon aspirations down the tubes.

fd1962
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fd1962 08/21/08 - 10:32 am
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Jack, your transmission is
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Jack, your transmission is seriously slipping - has been for quite some time. You just ASSume I'm an Obama fan. You're spending too much time on the Psychic Hotline. Better return to your bible, The National Enquirer, to re-ground yourself. Glory.

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imdstuf 08/21/08 - 12:42 pm
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Christian..I partially agree,

Christian..I partially agree, but it depends on what we lost...if it was NY or CA we would fight to get it back, but if we lost Idaho or West Virginia I think the rest of the country would let them go peacefully hahaha

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daddyfrog1 08/21/08 - 01:18 pm
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It is no surprise that Russia

It is no surprise that Russia is asserting herself again.Putin is a former KGB man & he knows how to play the game.Russia wants control of the oil in & around the Caspian Sea & a warm water port to get it out.Plus this move puts Russia one step closer to the Middle East.The Europeans will do little or nothing because Russia controls a major gas pipleline going to the EU.I'm afraid the Russian Bear has awakened & is very,very hungry.Whoever sits down in that chair in the Oval Office in Jan. is going to have his hands full.If you believe in prayer,you had better get started now.

christian134
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christian134 08/21/08 - 01:36 pm
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Could be imdstuf could

Could be imdstuf could be....:-)

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