Posted by: distributorcap | August 25, 2008

Midnight Train to Georgia

It has been over two weeks since Russia’s incursion (to put it mildly) into neighboring Georgia. Much of what has transpired has to do with the geopolitical chess game the US has created since President Asshole decided to play the Queen’s (or rather Iraq) gambit back in 2003. A lot has been written and analyzed about this alarming situation. Now it is my turn.

Georgia was one of the 15 ‘republics’ that made up the USSR. When the Soviet Union went Chapter 7 in 1991, all of the individuals SSRs became independent nations. With much suspicion and intrigue carrying over from the Communist party days, the relationship between these former Soviet hostages for the most part was initially cool, often bordering on tense, and sometimes outright hostile. Some have made out better economically that others (Estonia, Kazakhstan), others have seen a lot of political turmoil (Ukraine, Belarus) and many are just Communists in sheep’s clothing (Tajikistan). The US is using bases in Uzbekistan for supplying the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What did happen when the party of Lenin and Stalin (who was Georgian) collapsed was that hundreds of ethnic and religious groups trapped in the repressive Soviet system found an outlet for nationalism and expression.

Two provinces under Georgian rule – Abkhazia and South Ossetia wanted out. Back in 1992, the Abkhazians declared independence and fought a bloody war with Georgia. A ceasefire was signed in 1994 and the Abkhazians were given autonomy. The ethnic Georgians fled south. The world still recognized the territory as under the jurisdiction of Georgia. In August 2008, the Georgians provoked the Russians into war by marching back into Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A critical factor in this political maneuver – Georgia has applied for membership into NATO and makes a big deal about being allied with the US. President Saakashvili counted on US support.

Russia has undergone enormous change and development since the fall of Communism in 1991. A currency crisis in 1998 nearly bankrupt the country. But things have turned 180 degrees since then. What is literally fueling Russian’s incredible economic growth is fuel – oil reserves greater than of Saudi Arabia. That and a wealth of natural resources unmatched by any other nation (6 million square miles of land will do that for you). Russia is part of the G-8 and has applied for entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), something the Russians desperately want.

Like it or not neocon America, Russia has become integral in the globalization of the world’s economies.

While the economy grows and the nation continues to transform itself into a western capitalist society (good or bad), what has not disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet system is fear and suspicions of Western (especially US) intentions.

None of this is more apparent than in the vocal opposition to former Soviet client states entering NATO (Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia etc.). Right or wrong, the Russians view this as an unwelcoming act. Despite the integration of the Eastern and Western economies into one big world stage – the tensions and fears of the Cold War (which we had a big hand in starting and propagating) have not gone completely away.

First the whole world has to laugh at the hypocrisy of George Bush and John McSame. It literally took a crowbar to get Chimpy away from patting the asses of the beach volleyball players in Beijing to even issue a statement about the war in Caucasus. And his crack Secretary of State and Russian “expert” Dr. Condoleezza Ferragamo was way too busy on vacation to bother to even phone in a message. Bush and McFossill both talked about how nations don’t invade nations and that the Georgian war has reduced Russian standing in the world. Oh and that Georgia’s sovereignty needs to be respected. And of course that Russia is a bully. And why not add that Russia is pursuing a policy of confrontation and isolation.

I am laughing so hard it hurts. As they say, people in glass house shouldn’t throw stones. Or talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Or maybe it is do as I say, not as I do. Does Bush really think Putin is that stupid? (Then again when have as few brain cells as President Flightsuit has, you may think the whole world is as stupid as you are). Putin knows the credibility of George Bush is literally the square root of negative one (for you non-math people, that is an imaginary number). Unlike E.F. Hutton, when George W. Bush speaks no one listens.

And did the Russians over-react? Perhaps. But they were provoked by a country that wants to enter NATO and by a president who thought he had Bush and Condi in his back pocket. And any neocon readers – just a reminder, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

Frankly, the Russians fears are not without merit. How about a little history of stay out of my neighborhood.

Back in October 1962, the world watched as the two superpowers nearly went to nuclear war over missiles being installed in Cuba. A 13 day cat-and-mouse game ensued. The US did not want Russian missiles pointing at Miami and Washington from a Soviet client state 90 miles off the coast of Florida. President Kennedy stood his ground and the world literally held its breath until Khrushchev backed down. We feared the Soviet presence off our shores then as much as the Russians fear our presence on their borders now (Ukrainian and Georgia membership in NATO, and now missiles in Poland). I don’t see much of a difference.

Oh yes, there is a difference, we are the US and we always know better and are always right. Resistance is futile.


Responses

  1. You have received many kudos on earlier posts, but this one is objective, to the point, factual and underscores the sentiments of many the world over.If I am not mistaken there is truth in those words of yours and that is the difference between this post and what we read and hear today.Thank you for a job well done, and I hope it gets some people to thinking versus following the rest of the herd.

  2. Excellent, as usual sir! In the end, isn’t almost everything about oil?

  3. Yes, wonderful post…great title! Recent research indicates JFK & Khrushchev collaborated toward that move away from nuclear war and that that move led to their respective demise/overthrow. (I posted a bit on that research today.)When will we rise up and work together for peace? How can we make that happen?

  4. Great post, and I love your blog.However, it did not “literally” take a crowbar to get Captain Fucktard (my personal epithet, but feel free to use it) away from the volleyball players.”Literally” does not mean “figuratively”.Again, love your work, not being an asshole, just don’t want you to undermine your own argument.

  5. Nicely done sir! *CLAPPING* You have given us all a nice history lesson and the usual insightful commentary. Always a plus and you have earned that magnificent reward: a spot on my friday review of the week link love. Good job.

  6. One added note to the Cuban missile situation that our history seems to have left out. The U.S. had missiles in Turkey pointed at the USSR and that had the Russian leader as frightened as we were. That was the reason Khrushchev moved the missiles into Cuba in the first place. Had Kennedy not picked up the red phone and actually talked to Khrushchev then things might have been different. Imagine what Shrub would have done in that situation.

  7. Oh, that Georgia!

  8. Our hands are tied. I’m not sure what any U.S. President could issue to Russia, aside from a hollow, empty warning. Without bringing back the draft, we wouldn’t have the manpower to enforce any of our mandates. Other countries aren’t stupid and realize what a precarious situation we’re in right now.

  9. I’ve felt for a while that expansion of NATO was provocative and not necessary. Both the Clinton and Bush administrations share some of the blame for pissing off Russia, IMO.

  10. Comprehensive, thorough and well written.Have you ever considered working for the MSM?Oh. I forgot, they don’t want that sort of thing.

  11. Thanks for the interesting, informative post, dcap. Regarding “the hypocrisy of George Bush…” I wonder if it’s possible that he is so very stupid that he didn’t realize how hypocritical his admonitions of Russia were. I remember hearing him speak on the subject shortly after the invasion. He chastised the Russians for “invading a sovereign nation without provocation.” (I am paraphrasing here, but it was something very close to that.) I felt shellshocked! Does he really not understand that that is what he did in Iraq?I think it would be a good idea to keep him on his ranch, with a lot of bikini-clad volleyball players to keep him busy, until January, so he can’t do any more damage.BTW, thank you, sator arepo, for saying what I wanted to say about the use of “literally” when the writer means “figuratively.” Many people do that, and it always bothers me.

  12. Ahh, I still kind of feel like an asshole, but… I love this blog, and this was an epic post; I just have an obsession with this kind of error.Go Dcap!

  13. Ichabod – thanks so much, I appreciate your thoughts and insight (and compliment!). I hope it gets people thinking too, but I know there are way too many it wontSkyler – yep oil and greed…. That is the mantra of the neocons and a lot of republicans. It is always about takingBorder – I read your post. I should do a post on JFK. It would be way too long. As for working together for peace, not as long as we keep idolizing greedSator – thanks for coming by and thanks for the compliment as well! You are right, I meant figuratively, but I guess it is like affect/effect – one of those words always used incorrectly. I should know better. Thanks for pointing it outFeather – I will thank all the little people – only kidding. Thanks and thanks for the reward. Applause to youDemeur – you are right, we had missiles in Turkey. But if I remember, they were obsolete and not in use. They became the trading card to help end this. Shrub in Oct 1962 — there would be no more planet left.Dcup – well that is the night the lights went out in GeorgiaComrade – our hands are so tied, and EVERYONE knows it, everyone except the 20% blind followers of chimpy-the-god who think he has god’s word in fixing the planet.Dean – yep they both do – I thought after communism fell or was ‘defeated’ – which was the fracking goal of the republicans since Eisenhower – they would find a reason to get along – nope. More treaties and more hostility Fran – sure, I will barge into the newsroom and show them my posts. We all know how highly they think of bloggers and people “not of their ilk”Madam z – thanks ! In some ways he is the biggest idiot to every lead any country – he has no sense of the world, no sense of the bigger picture, no sense of the consequences of his actions – a true SOCIOPATH. In other ways he is brilliant – because he really doesn’t give a shit what anyone thinks of him – again a true SOCIOPATH – putting him out to pasture would be the best thing for everyone. And I hope he steps in a ton of cow shit.

  14. you are not being an asshole at all — i appreciate when people fix my errors in either facts or grammar. unlike the douchebag in the white house — i can take criticism and admit mistakes.

  15. Oye! The Mensheviks !(<;

  16. Speaking of Georgia, during the MSNBC coverage of the convention last night, the Chryon said Cindy “Nine Homes” McCain was jetting to Georgia to “access the casualties.”I’m not joking and I’m not making this up.Can someone explain why Cindy McCain is now functioning as the Old Coot’s foreign policy adviser?Of course, Miss Cindy Lou may be confused. She may think she’s headed to that other Georgia — with that big city of Atlanta in the middle, where she can shop till she drops.

  17. Am I the only person who when he sees ‘Ferragamo’ doesn’t think of shoes, but former LA Ram Vince? He’d make a better president than Our Frat Boy. Always.

  18. Cindy Lou is playing “First Lady”. What about those casualties in South Ossetia where the numbers were into the thousands if my memory serves me correctly? They don’t count as those poor slobs belong to the other side.For all the “information” that is available in this age it is easier to hide or distort the truth than during the time of Goebbels because people refuse to believe the obvious. It is like a mass “stupid syndrome” has hit this planet.

  19. Now that the the Reich Wingers have put Michelle Obama in their sights, it’s time to call Miss Sudsy McPillpopper and her propaganda mission to Georgia for what it is.Too bad brain dead America cannot see Johnny McRealestate for the authoritarian thug he really is. Things may get MUCH worse… soon.

  20. I am almost ashamed to admit that I have little to no curiosity about the conflict between Georgia and Russia. My global plate o’ conflict is too full to add another slice of strife.But I can say that sending Cindy McCain to assess anything, anywhere is just ridiculous. I fail to see how McCain dispatching an aging ingenue and beer heiress (along with his goofy compadres Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman)is anything but political posturing.He’s not the president-what gall he has pretending to be.

  21. Great post, DCap, and it touches on a topic that’s been on my mind a lot lately: the resurgence of Russia. In only ten years, they’ve gone from bankrupt has-beens to world leaders thanks to their oil. Does the US have any kind of resource that would raise us from the depths of nine-trillion-dollar debt that we’re in? I think not. Combine Russia’s ass-kicking with China’s increasing influence, and we’re looking at a restructured world in which the USA is a poor slobby drunk looking for beer money. Thanks a lot, Chimpy! Pretty scary to think about.

  22. I read today in Time.com that Obama denounces Russia’s recognition of two breakaway regions of Georgia: “No one wants to see another Cold War.” From what I have read on this blog and from most of the people commenting, I don’t believe there is consensus with Obama’s statement.It is getting difficult for the American voter to choose, other than the applicant’s age.I realize these candidates are under pressure and people change minds, which is natural and to be expected. This is not right in the overall scheme of things and appears it may be a prelude to a far greater thing.

  23. I wish I had read this before today. I had a discussion with several co-workers who all just thought “Russia was bad” for “what they did”. They were just parroting media. To get them to look at it through fresh eyes, I asked if Florida ceded from the US and then everything west of Appalachicola ceded from Florida, then Florida invaded Appalachicola, but then the US “counter-invaded” Appalachicola and parts of Florida: Who would be right and who would be wrong?THAT got them talking for themselves instead of just repeating.

  24. my husband has been following this conflict closely and says pretty much what you say in this post here–but you say it much better of course ;-)however, I am like KarenZipDrive, too much on my plate already. I did hear the hypocrisy of the media as well as Retard in Chief when they chastised Russia for invading a small country. Yeah, a BIG case of do as I say, not as I do, indeed!


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