Wednesday, August 13, 2008

In Georgia, America's Defining Moment

Conservative writer and Republican strategist Michael Johns, a former White House speechwriter and Heritage Foundation foreign policy analyst, said today that Russia's ongoing military aggression against Georgia potentially represents a major threat to the global peace that has largely characterized the last 17 years of post-Cold War era relations between Washington and Moscow. Decisive American diplomatic, humanitarian and potentially military responses are warranted, he says, to ensure the defense of Georgia's territorial integrity and its promising and successful democratically-elected government, led by President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Most concerning in Russia's recent aggression, Johns says, is that it appears to represent a return to the expansionist and militarily aggressive tactics that characterized Moscow's foreign policy during the Cold War, and that Russia likely views its current aggression in Georgia as a test case for whether such regional aggression will be resisted or tolerated by the United States and its allies. As with Georgia, which has proven an ally of the United States and western democracies in recent years, Moscow has developed a cantankerous relationship with Ukraine, another democratic ally of the United States that borders Russia. This past spring, for instance, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin threatened to "dismember" the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea.

Johns will discuss his support for President George W. Bush's response earlier today to Russia's regional aggression, along with other current events topics, this evening, August 13, 2008, from 9pm EDT/6pm PDT to 10:30pm EDT/7:30pm PDT, during his weekly appearance on BlogTalkRadio's The Warren Michaels show. The broadcast is available live and by replay in most nations of the world at: The Warren Michaels show, August 13, 2008 broadcast.

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6 comments:

Ken Adams said...

Hey,

Thanks for raising awareness about this.

I am half-american/half-georgian and my family lives there.

I just started a blog to collect information about friends and relatives living in Georgia and keep track of the conflict.

I'll try to relate information from as many sources as I can.

If anyone wants editorial access to the blog to help me post stuff, just let me know!

http://sakartvelo-war.blogspot.com/

Edward said...

And just what do you suggest that the U.S. does "militarily" to counteract the Russians move? More importantly, is this nation prepared to participate in another World War should the Russians decide to strike back?

Given that President Saakashvili ignored our firm warnings not to take Russia's bait, it is absolutely absurd at this point not to question the man's motivations. Is he really a friend of the United States? Does a friend exploit his relationship with the United States for his own domestic political needs?

Russia is no doubt a significant concern to this nation. But with friends like Mr. Saakashvili, who needs enemies?

2000 troops in Iraq and a relatively democratic government...Is that all it takes to buy a commitment of U.S. lives in a conflict these days?

Drew Cusumano said...

I agree that part of Russia's policy is wrong but, it has parallels to american foreign policy in Kosovo as well as kuwait. I have spoken to ossetians who were there when Georgia's Nazi Army started shelling and, they saw the Georgian Army round up people to execute. I do not favor georgia or russia because all 3 states are not innocent and, I know backing any party has political ramifications. The Sarkozy plan is the best plan do to its neutral format that is a must in genuine diplomatic crisis resolution and, russia taking the oil pipeline may benefit the United States by further weakening europe. The State Department quickly sent Mr. Bush against Russia to help europeans as they did with a Iraqi state hood policy as the French alone were owed $500 plus billion dollars. The truth is that partial neutrality better benefits Americas interest and, if we let Russia in to NATO we could balance out China the real new Iron Curtain. Mr. Bush continues to allow China to steal our secrets and, take American jobs cutting the GDP. China has unlinke Russia taken other nations sovereignty fully and, created a real soviet like police state that would make Stalin look American. The truth is that a small number of Americans have sold our country out to make money at our cost. We need have peace keepers with 3 borders and, end the war.

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Race Brunton said...

In the United States, we have always liked to talk a big story about freedom and the right to self-governance and self-determination. If we are not to make a mockery of that, it is imperative that we express our support, not for Georgia, but for the oppressed peoples of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the Russians who have provided them succour through the long, cruel years in which the Georgians, drunk on their own independence, have denied the same privilege to these two neighbours.

This has nothing to do with Georgia's territorial integrity, it has to do with the inhabitants of two countries which the Georgians have held hostage since the breakup of the Soviet Union. As Americans, we need to stop villifying the Russians and wake up to the realities on the ground.

Floyd Bogart said...

Is no one going to point out what is painfully obvious here?

Isn't it hugely hypocritical of the US to cry foul while still in Iraq? Oil interests are oil interests after all, and the "New Iraq Democracy" is asking for troop removal and there is none being planned that I can see...