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A lot of people are probably thinking the Georgia crisis is a tempest in a teapot.

Unfortunately, it isn't.  It goes to the heart of U.S.-Russian relations.

The lack of comments to my previous post here, as with others on foreign affairs, shows how little interested even "aware" Americans are about the rest of the world.  That's precisely the justification the corporate media uses for not providing more foreign news.

It wasn't until this morning that CNN told its listeners about the Caspian oil pipeline, or the fact that Georgia wants to join NATO.

Imagine how Washington would have reacted if Mexico had asked to join the Warsaw Pact (the Soviet answer to NATO) during the Cold War!

On the other hand, President Bush's saintly pronouncements about Georgia's territorial integrity represent a new high in hypocrisy.  The far left is comparing what's happening in Georgia with international backing for Kosovo's independence, since that former Yugoslav republic also sits on or near an oil pipeline.  I don't see what Yugoslavia would have had to gain by remaining indefinitely outside of a European Union that includes about thirty states, but Georgia's desire to join NATO at this point in time can only be read as a threat by Russia.

But however you read it, the news from Georgia this morning was competing with pundits speculating about John Edward's affair.  Had the media had paid more attention to "foreign" news and less to Bill Clinton's peccadilloes, perhaps 911 wouldn't have happened.  As for the blogosphere today, it's all about a dumb journalist's remark about Obama's trip to the "foreign" island of Hawaii!

Get with it, folks!

Originally posted to Deena Stryker on Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 08:17 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Okay, you have some points (0+ / 0-)

    and a point of view, but other than "Getting With It" what do you recommend? You have defined a problem, shouldn't you also define your prescriptions for this problem?

    "When I get in a conflict, I try to walk a mile in the other guys shoes. When it works I'm a mile away from them, and I have their shoes!"

    by Something the Dog Said on Mon Aug 11, 2008 at 08:24:28 AM PDT

    •  Yes, indeed! (0+ / 0-)

      My prescription is for Americans to let the corporate media know that they will not read it - watch it - unless it provides accurate and complete information about the wider world.

      And until that happens, Americans must go the extra mile to seek out other sources of news: the BBC, Democracy Now, the Nation, Mother Jones, In These Times, etc.

      Also, German public TV has an excellent English language news program, five days a week on public television.

      One of the reasons why Europeans, Asians and Africans respond differently to events from the way Americans respond, is that these publics have access to "facts on the ground" that we are never told.

      Otherjones, insights and ironies by Deena Stryker

      by Deena Stryker on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 08:10:20 AM PDT

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  •  Hey, don't criticize CNN, they're so brave (1+ / 0-)
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    Georgia is at war and yet they continue to bravely broadcast from their headquarters in Georgia.

    Though my biggest fear from this conflict is the ramifications to the peach supply of the US.  If I can't have peach cobbler all summer have the terrorists won?  I think you know the answer (hint: it's yes).

  •  Russians Have Occupied Senaki, Attacked Gori (1+ / 0-)
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    Taking Senaki cuts off the Oil Port of Poti, and shipping of oil from the Caspian States to Romania and Bulgaria.

    Taking GORI will cut off the main East-West Arteries in Georgia.

    This is about OCCUPATION, not Ossettia. That is just the excuse.

    •  Of course, (0+ / 0-)

      Ossetia is the excuse, but the occupation is about Georgia's desire, stated and acted upon, to leave the Russian orbit for the West.

      I mentioned Mexico in my post, but think of Cuba, which did the same thing to us as Georgia is doing to Russia.

      Otherjones, insights and ironies by Deena Stryker

      by Deena Stryker on Tue Aug 12, 2008 at 08:13:18 AM PDT

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  •  Makes My Blood Run Cold (0+ / 0-)

    Jeebus, it's so easy to dangerously mislead the American people. I didn't know it was only today that they mentioned the oil pipeline and the NATO situation.

    That bubble we talk about the Shrub living in? Darth wants it to remain inflated over The Ammurkan Sheeple Peepul as well.

    Ceiling Cat, thank you for DK and the blogs.

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