KURSK, Russia, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, speaking amid the conflict with Georgia, warned on Monday that any further aggression against Russian citizens would face a "crushing response". "If anyone thinks that they can kill our citizens and escape unpunished, we will never allow this. If anyone tries this again, we will come out with a crushing response," Medvedev told World War Two veterans in the Russian city of Kursk. "We have all the necessary resources, political, economic and military. If anyone had any illusions about this, they have to abandon them," Medvedev said. (Reporting by Oleg Shchedrov, writing by Chris Baldwin and Guy Faulconbridge, editing by Michael Stott) MORE!
WASHINGTON - Russia is showing signs of returning to its authoritarian past, and its invasion of Georgia will require the United States to reevaluate the strategic relationship between the superpowers, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday.
Joining in the hard-line rhetoric, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Russian President Dmitry A. Medvedev of failing to honor a promise to withdraw troops quickly from Georgia under terms of a cease-fire he signed Saturday.
"I hope this time he'll keep his word," Rice said after Medvedev announced the withdrawal would begin today.
Shadows of the Cold War emerged as the Bush administration struggled for the appropriate response to Russia's aggression against its smaller U.S.-backed neighbor, which Moscow ruled for most of the two centuries before the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.
"I think that there is a real concern that Russia has turned the corner here and is headed back toward its past rather than toward its future, and my hope is that we will see actions in the weeks and months to come that provide us some reassurance," Gates said. MORE!
"Ummmmm, Mr. Gates suh, didn't you and your neo-clown buddies just invade two soverign nations replace their leaders and rulers, install puppets and occupy those countries?! Ohhh that wasn't you huh?!" I was trying to figure out what all these places have in common, and by places I mean Iraqnam, Afghanistan and now Georgia, not that one the other one, and that 1 common denominator is OIL! Now while Georgia dosen't have poppy fields (that I know of) they do have a pipeline for the oil running through their country just like Afghanistan. You realize that new president of Afghanistan Kharzi was also an executive with the very same people that run the pipeline through "his" country? The warlords take care of the poppies.
Now the Russian's said they would pull out of Georgia, but then again...From the EarthTimes:
Igoeti, Georgia - The Russian soldiers that have advanced most deeply into Georgian territory are energetically digging in, despite the announcement of initial troop withdrawals from the Kremlin on Monday. The men and officers of an advanced guard company of the 17th Motorized Rifle Division have been busy in the 48 hours since they arrived in the vicinity of a bridge crossing Georgia's Lekhura River just 30 kilometres from Tbilisi.Where once Russian privates had to stand in the middle of the road to slow vehicles with hand signals, now barriers of old tyres commandeered from the nearby village of Igoeti force traffic to a halt. Georgian military traffic was not allowed, the checkpoint commander said. The road opened to civilian vehicle traffic at 12.30 pm Monday, almost precisely the time named by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as his deadline for starting to observe ceasefire terms in the region. Covering the Lekhura bridge a pair of well camouflaged T-72 tanks were set in defilade, with only their turrets visible, as is standard tactics with tanks. An armoured personnel carrier (APC) was a few metres behind to protect the tanks, and nearby enterprising crewmen had taken possession of an old metal shack and turned it into a communications point. Higher up the hill, an automatic grenade launcher and its crew enjoyed a commanding view. Were the Georgian army to attempt to push towards the Russian positions - unlikely given the Georgian military's current disorganization and morale - whatever came up the road would be shelled, before it bumped into the tanks. Russian soldiers, some stripped to the waist, had set up tarpaulins and cots to avoid the region's powerful sun, but the presence of a journalist near their position brought the tank and APC to life in seconds. MORE!
I guess if Russia said it would pull out of Georgia when the BCS pulls out of Iraq AND Afghanistan then they would be wrong again huh?!
Let's also keep in mind that in the background of all of this is the impending showdown about the missle defense system in Poland. Didn't hear about that huh?! From the AP:
MOSCOW - A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the reported.
The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the plans to put missile defense elements in former Soviet satellite nations.
Poland and the United States on Thursday signed a deal for Poland to accept a missile interceptor base as part of a system the United States says is aimed at blocking attacks by rogue nations. Moscow, however, feels it is aimed at Russia's missile force.
"Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent," Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.
He added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia's MORE!
sanctions the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them." Nogovitsyn that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, he said, according to Interfax.
However, no time to worry about that though it's time for the woman's 10,000m steeplechase and of course NBC is bringing you all 30 laps live! *YAWN*
Ohhhhh and one more thing and you can file this under more Faux madness...From the people that brought you other great TV moments like boxing with the stars, that horrible rethuglican knock off of the Daily Show with Limpballs and Cruella Coulter, now bring you their most exciting game since "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader" (which most of us aren't), a knock off of a Japanese game show called "Hole In A Wall"! Where...You guessed it, contestants try to fit themselves through a cut out in a moving wall! I guess getting on "5th Grader" was just way too hard for some folks and everyone cannot sing or dance so I guess that's as real as it gets for some folks. Now I will admit I would watch the Italian version of the game. They would really get a bigger market share if they were wearing T-shirts and thongs...Check it out!