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  •  If you have no friends, (2+ / 0-)
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    Jerome a Paris, little liberal

    then you can't build the corridors and possibilities necessary for forming strategy.

    The West, led by Bush & Cheney's White House, but idiotically, complacently, undoubtedly supported by European leaders, has indeed taken a belligerant approach to the world, treating all as enemies or potential dangers.

     

    If you treat all external nations as potential dangers, then you don't have to take account of or observe their interests at work.
    This is our mistake.
    We have squandered upwards of 10,000 fighting people in two bullshit conflicts that were questionable under international law.
    Now a real threat emerges, Russians abusing Georgians on their own streets, and we're paralyzed.
    We attacked a sovereign nation and have obliterated the platform on which we could stand against Russia.
    Every neocon in government and in academia should be jettisoned from his or her job.
    Condoleezza Rice, as I recall, was a Kremlinologist.
    And yet, she can't seem to read a map and did not see this coming.
    But then, of course, she's a neocon.   She was too busy having supertankers named after her.  

    •  Watch BBC or read some non-American news papers. (1+ / 0-)
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      vivens fons

      Russians are NOT abusing Georgians on their own streets. They are taking out some of Georgia's USbought military equipment but leaving Georgians alone. And they helped rescue a hell of a lot of So Osetians - who rarely even speak Georgian.

      We are in a time where it is risky NOT to change. Barack Obama 7-30-08

      by samddobermann on Fri Aug 22, 2008 at 03:14:07 AM PDT

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      •  So if the South Ossetians (0+ / 0-)

        have been so oppressed, why wait till now to "liberate" them from their Georgian oppressors?
        It seems like a strategically planned time for incursion, don't you think?  And if South Ossetia is to be liberated and true justice to shine, then the province must be invaded and occupied permanently to set up a check against those God-awful Georgians.
        I wonder when the Russians will go charging into the Ukraine to free a minority?
        When does the incursion into Azerbaijan start?
        And how about those Latvians?
        I'm sure there are similar minorities in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, everywhere.  
        Perhaps the Russians should set themselves up as liberators of the minorities of the world.
        Kind of like the Bush Regime setting us up in the war on terror.
        Please, Czar Vladimir, save us all from--- ourselves!

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