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The Globe and Mail today :
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/...

carries Misha Glenny's intriguing geopolitical piece on Russia's invasion of Georgia:

GEORGIA IN THE MIDDLE
The Russians set a trap, and prodded by the neo-cons, Saakashvili walked right in.

Apparently Dick Cheney's meddling in Georgian affairs is driven in part by his desire to influence our November election and to turn it away from a mandate on who could best serve our economic woes to who is perceived as most ready to deal with national security issues.

Georgia's president, Saakashvili, had been building up Georgia's military forces for the last few years and, according to Mr. Glenny, spurred on by Cheney and the neo-cons, stepped into a trap to invade a breakaway region. Russia responded by crushing the Georgian military machine, eliminating any hope for Georgia of recovering their breakaway region.

Please read the fascinating piece here:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/...

It is a comprehensive analysis that explains the players and the motives.

Cheney's motive according to Mr. Glenny, includes shifting the focus of our November presidential election to national security where, thanks to the kneejerk media, John McCain is perceived as  the national security expert.  

Many of us here have been watching the McCain/U.S. media Kabuki theater on the issue of national security.  Wes Clark tried his best to enlighten us, pointing out that the tactical level experience of John McCain's military service does not qualify one to be a national security expert.

But the media went ballistic over General Clark's well informed and sober analysis. I wouldn't be surprised if Dick Cheney himself didn't contact our media to rail against Clark's valid criticism. If it had been covered responsibly and given the credit it was due it would have been a serious chink in McCain's armor.

General Clark's observation is spot on. His 38 years of military experience reaching four star general and NATO SACEUR qualifies Clark as a foreign policy and military expert, par excellance.

And Clark is no friend of neo-con ideology.

I was surprised today when I called Obama headquarters 1-866-675-2008, option #6 to point out this article and to add that Wes Clark would be a great choice for Barack Obama. Not only is Clark sympatico with Obama on domestic policy issues, but, since the neocons may be successful in shifting the focus to national security, General Clark would crush Cheney's efforts to bolster McCain as the national security choice for voters.  

I was surprised because the campaign staffer was very interested in the piece in the Globe and Mail and said "okay, I'll put you down in the Clark column"!

Democrats cannot allow McCain to steal the momentum with Cheney's ruthless tactics.

This country needs an Obama presidency. We need Wes Clark to be Barack's ally as VP and Wes would be a great choice, not only in November, but after the election to help get us onto a sustainable path.

Originally posted to eve on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM PDT.

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  •  Cockup before conspiracy. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    weasel, TDreamer

    THIS SPACE FOR RENT.

    by gougef on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 11:07:14 AM PDT

  •  thanks for reading this diary (4+ / 0-)
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    lysias, Hannibal, slksfca, 1BQ

    sorry I may not be able to be here for more than a few minutes to comment.
    Please sign Matt Stoller's petition here:

    http://www.obamaclark.com

  •  And it may be unrelated but (2+ / 0-)
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    eve, hopalong

    There was a big shift down in the Gallup tracking polling for Obama, from +6 to +3.

    Rasmussen also went from +2 for Obama to +1.

    Maybe no big deal, we'll have to see.

  •  Cheney White House Already Starting Transition (6+ / 0-)
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    lysias, mcfly, Vicky, eve, smellybeast, TDreamer

    by sending McCain advisors to Georgia to help negotiate.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 11:14:02 AM PDT

  •  Obama will command the spotlight (1+ / 0-)
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    Donna Z

    again next week.

    "Statistics are people with the tears washed away." Sociologist Ruth Sidel

    by Vicky on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 11:23:58 AM PDT

  •  I would love to hear Clark telling McCain to STFU (2+ / 0-)
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    eve, DanK Is Back

    and get the hell out of the region "you are NOT helping".

    The MSM would cover THAT.  John McWayne is going to get the US involved in a shooting war with the Russians if he doesn't shut up soon.

  •  Clark (0+ / 0-)

    I suppose that as recent-Republicans-who-can't-run-political-campaigns-and-don't-bring-anything-new-to-the-table go, Clark is pretty good.

    But, unless you think Obama is actually doing bad on Georgia (should he be as unbalanced as McCain), why would he need shoring up here?

    •  Clark is not a recent Republican (1+ / 0-)
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      Nelsons

      Clark is proud to call himself a liberal...I haven't seen too many Democrats who embrace that term because they are terrified of the right wing attacks:)
      Clark said that when he was serving in the military he was not affiliated with any political party. When he became a civilian he found that the principles of the Democratic Party represented him best...transparency, the rule of law, caring for those who cannot care for themselves, economic justice and so on.

      I think that Barack Obama is extremely well informed on foreign affairs and is very well grounded on national security.

      But the mythology that so many - including the traditional media - buy into is that the Republicans are strong on national defense.

      Elections are driven in part by fear and the Republicans have been playing that card. Wes Clark has been saying that the use of force is NOT what makes us strong but living up to our democratic principles and gaining legitimacy in the world.

      Clark is the only bona fide military authority who, IMO, can smash the mythology of the right wing...he's been doing it on FOX for the last few years...he is fearless in speaking the truth even when it involves sacred cows.:

  •  Whenever O-I-L Is Involved - Cheney Will (0+ / 0-)

    be there.  

    Notice how LITTLE interest Cheney has in that MOUNTAINOUS Afghanistan, which is hard to drill for OIL in.  

    Iraq, Iran - nice and flat and easy to drill.

    Oh, and did I mention some guy that got the ball rolling, attacking the US on 9/11 hangs out in Afghanistan/Pakistan?

    Oh wait. We have nothing but LIBERAL REPORTERS working in a LIBERAL MEDIA here in America!! How could I have forgotten that?

    by hopalong on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 11:39:36 AM PDT

  •  I made the same call to the campaign just now (1+ / 0-)
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    eve

    after seeing this diary. Had a long chat with the guy there, who told me that, in general, the suggestions are all over the lot - except that there is NO movement for Hillary. Lots of Clark calls, Biden, and so on. And Clark is definitely up there (though not in the plurality).

    Not, as I said, that it will make that much difference in the selection, but the staffer said these calls are very important to the campaign; they are very aware of the ease with which they can get caught in a bubble and lose track of what the country is thinking.

    we chatted for several minutes on the state of the campaign and what they are doing, and I could hear him typing notes as we were talking. He admitted this when I asked, and said it is campaign policy to take notes on what callers talk about and pass them on. (He even asked for a callback number and email!)

    Call the campaign, and let them know what your thoughts are. They are listening.

    American foreign policy is NOT a Viagra substitute.

    by DanK Is Back on Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 11:47:31 AM PDT

  •  Yes, yes, yes! (1+ / 0-)
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    eve

    somebody get on the hotline to Caroline Kennedy!  Clark was great today on the Georgia/Russia conflict on CNN.  Simply stupendous.

    •  yes I agree (0+ / 0-)

      but how does one reach Caroline Kenned? Her children pay attention to politics and originally urged her to consider Barack Obama...I hope they are paying attention to General Clark.

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