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What Did Gorbachev Know and When Did He Know It?
Center for Security Policy ^ | 01-14-1991 | Frank Gaffney Jr.

Posted on 06/10/2004 2:18:19 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

(Washington, D.C.): In the wake of persistent disclaimers from Mikhail Gorbachev that he knew nothing of -- not to say authorized -- a brutal crackdown in Vilnius on Saturday, the Center for Security Policy today called on Congress to demand an answer to an urgent question: "What did Gorbachev know and when did he know it?"

Responding to reporters questions today, President Gorbachev blamed the brutality in Lithuania -- which killed at least 14 persons and injured 144 -- on a "local military officer." Responding to reporters' questions, Gorbachev stated that he only learned of the crackdown Sunday morning when he was awakened. Interestingly, rather than convey to his audience any sense of remorse for this ostensibly unauthorized action, Gorbachev used the occasion to launch a new round of criticism against independence-seeking Lithuanians.

According to Boris Pugo, the former Latvian KGB chief and recently appointed Minister of the Interior, the Lithuanian demonstrators precipitated the bloodshed by firing on Moscow's armed forces. When Lithuania's President Landsbergis placed an urgent phone call to the Soviet president in the midst of the confrontation to dispel any illusions Gorbachev may have had about this preposterous charge, he was told by Kremlin aides that Gorbachev was "too busy having lunch" and would not take the call.

In case these transparent lies proved inadequate to insulate Gorbachev from responsibility for the bloodshed in Vilnius, the Soviet leadership has apparently decided to try its well-rehearsed excuse of blaming "rogue military officers" for Soviet actions which could jeopardize improving U.S.-Soviet relations. And no wonder: This ploy has been demonstrated to be singularly effective in the past in preserving Gorbachev's image as a champion of fundamental human rights and progressive policies at home and abroad -- in spite of evidence to the contrary. Consider but a few examples:

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: sovietbutcher
"I am now, just as I've always been, a convinced Communist." - Mikhail Gorbachev, 1990.

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1 posted on 06/10/2004 2:18:20 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Travis McGee; section9; Lazamataz; Nick Danger; Cannoneer No. 4; Rokke; ...
The Soviet military was *stunned* at how poorly its hardware performed in the first Gulf War back in 1991. They still hadn't recovered from having Mathias Rust fly his little Cessna into Red Square, they hadn't gotten their space shuttle Buran working, they had only begun to comprehend (no chance to counter!) the American civilian computer revolution, and they couldn't counter American stealth or field stealth themselves...and then they learned that their tanks, even in large quantities on ideal battlefields, were incapable of inflicting even the smallest damage on Americans.

Still reeling from losing East Germany, Poland, and Afghanistan, the Gulf War closed the lid on Soviet aspirations of greatness. Looking around, the Soviets saw that their biggest remaining claims to fame were the basketcase Soviet puppet-states of Cuba, Zimbabwe, and North Korea.

2 posted on 06/11/2004 7:41:47 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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