Skip to comments.Bush to make statement on Georgia (11:00 am)
Posted on 08/13/2008 7:38:32 AM PDT by maquiladora
WASHINGTON (AFP) US President George W. Bush spoke to Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday and will make remarks on the conflict between Georgia and Russia at 11:00 am (1500 GMT), the White House said.
Bush -- who spent the morning in the "Situation Room," his high-tech national security nerve center in the mansion's basement -- was to make his remarks in the Rose Garden outside his Oval Office.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice scrapped a planned morning press conference to deliver Washington's formal diplomatic answer to the bitter conflict and was expected to be at the president's side.
"The president will make a statement on Georgia later today," said spokeswoman Dana Perino, who declined to give details from Bush's talks with Saakashvili. An aide later said the remarks would be at 11:00 am.
It was not immediately clear what Bush would say, though Washington has been mulling diplomatic retaliation for Russia's operations in Georgia and has called an extraordinary meeting of NATO alliance foreign ministers next week.
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I recommend watching it on CNN, because FOX will be in commercial at the beginning.
BBC : Russia has just said it has shot down a Georgian “spy drone”.
If by diplomatic they mean extensive use of hellfire missiles, then good.
“Mansion’s basement” — That’s a new one. I assume when Obama is there it’s going to be the home of the world’s moo-Saih. I bet an Obambi speech would would go like this, Good morning -— er, uh, erm, uh, ahhh, ummm ... Wait, I need to get something.
Ending it with the a hole salute.
BUSH: How bout them Bulldogs!!
I reommend watching it on C-Span. There won’t be any commercials or commentary while it is on.
If you can’t watch it on TV, you can see it live at www.c-span.org
We have a prime example in this case of how being dependent on foreign oil screws us and others.
We use Russian oil.
What would we do better if we didn’t have to worry about a and that is feeding us? ...Just Saying!
I’m fed up with all this.
We need to get more oil dependent for “The Planet’s sake”.
We handicapped ourselves here.
The above meant to say:
What would we do better if we didn’t have to worry about the hand that is feeding us oil?
Update....Russia saying they’ve now shot down a second ‘spy drone’.
Georgia has spy drones? I wonder if they where ours monitoring the situation, which may be what the speech is about?
Fox will be showing a car chase in east L.A. or the latest update on Caylee.
Oh, come on, at least they got Steve Harrigan on the ground in a big time hurry when this went down.
Please post info as it comes in...for those of us outside of the country.
Indeed they do. Probably from Israel. In fact, here's a video of Russia shooting one down a few months back -
Russia was upset a year or two back that Georgia had bought drones from Israel, IIRC.
Streaming links for MS player
[These may or may not broadcast the statement of President Bush.]
Pushed back a little due to situation on the ground changing rapidly.
Whitehouse.gov also has a stream
” Whitehouse.gov also has a stream “
Dialup and TV deprived, here — someone please keep us more unfortunate souls updated??
Well, I’m expecting no more than a Sternly Worded Note of Condemnation printed in Large and Decisive-Looking Characters, but perhaps I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
On a conference call so please let us know what is happening.
CSPAN 1 streaming link for MS Player. Copy and paste the following in the Open URL
I’m on a conf call too! Dang.
I’ll take FNC over CNN any day of the week, thank you.
The best thing that could happen IMO would be for some military folks from Georgia to slip into Russia and blow up some huge military complex up.
That my friend would make them think twice.
If they do that, they should also consider leaving a note behind saying “Compliments of Iran”.
Is anyone listening to the reporters blabbing in the background?
Whitehouse.gov stream link. Copy and paste the following into the Open URL for MsPlayer
Thanks for the fox link. There was some interesting conversation going on on an open mic a minute ago.
No. That's why the MSM is doomed.
Really? Tell, tell...
Using insist in diplo-speak.
Dr Rice heading to France and they Georgia.
Why is Gates there I wonder?
W, Rice and Gates.
W somber. Saying ‘ceasefire’ isn’t happening.
Sending Rice to see Sarkozy, then to Tlibisi.
Gates going on a humanitarian mission to Georgia. Supplies on way.
wow ... military humanitarian mission using Air Force and Naval vessels are going to Georgia.
sending relief expects Russia to allow them to enter the regions.
This is indeed depressing...and it is telling Russia that they can push the envelope and we will sit by and watch it. How far can they go before the US reacts.
France attempts to negotiate.
Rice being sent to France.
Humanitarian suppies being sent, via NATO.
Expect Russia to honor commitment to allow humanitarian aid.
Expect all Russian forces to withdraw from Georgia.