Skip to comments.George Bush squares up to Vladimir Putin over Georgia
Posted on 08/13/2008 12:55:16 PM PDT by Schnucki
President Bush dispatched US military hardware to the heart of the Caucasus today and warned Russia that it could be frozen out of international bodies as punishment for its aggression in Georgia.
In his toughest criticism of Russia since becoming President, Mr Bush accused Moscow of breaching the provisional ceasefire agreed with Georgia just 24 hours earlier.
He cited intelligence showing that Russian troops had again taken the town of Gori and could now divide the country and threaten the capital Tbilisi. He insisted that Moscow respect the former Soviet republics territorial integrity.
There were also reports of Russian-backed militia in South Ossetia looting ethnic Georgian villages and killing their inhabitants.
To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe and other nations, and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must keep its word and act to end this crisis, Mr Bush said.
It is understood that talks are already taking place with US allies, including Britain, about whether to suspend Russias prized membership of the G8 club of industrialised nations. There is also a growing clamour to block Russia from becoming part of the World Trade Organisation and to rescind an invitation for it to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Mr Bushs statement, delivered in stern tones outside the White House, was a significantly stronger than that made last week, when his initially cautious comments reflected the State Departments unhappiness with Georgias use of force against pro-Russian separatist rebels in South Ossetia.
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U.S. troops to be deployed, airforce and navy on the way.
Condi apparently tomorrow.
I had a wonderful phone call from my friend in Tbilisi just a few minutes ago and she asked me to say this to all Americans - Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
By the way I know some things about who and what was in Tbilisi when the Russians were bombing the rest of Georgia.
And you betcha the Russians were never going to bomb Tbilisi.
This is why the leader of the free world absolutely has to have both brains and grit; spine tingling oratory skills are not a suitable substitute!
Dont you mean Leg Tingling?
Me, too - and I agree. This may get very interesting.
She is going to call me back in a few days.
Now picture the same situation with Obama replacing Bush.
I saw the start of this confrontation on TV....Bush sought Putin out like a Stinger missile...Putin was trying to avoid him.
Great catch on the pic, “The Look” only a Texan knows how to do that.
I saw that a few days ago and couldn’t pass it up, all I could think of was intense.
Aug 13, 3:22 PM (ET)
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and MATTI FRIEDMAN
OUTSIDE GORI, Georgia (AP) - Russian troops and paramilitaries rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Wednesday, apparently violating a truce designed to end the conflict that has uprooted tens of thousands and scarred the Georgian landscape.
In Washington, President Bush said the United States planned a massive humanitarian effort involving American ships and aircraft, includiung a C-17 military cargo plane loaded with supplies that landed on Wednesday.
He said Russia must ensure that "all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, roads and airports," remain open to let deliveries and civilians through.
Georgian officials said Gori, a central hub on Georgia's main east-west highway, was looted and bombed by the Russians before they left later in the day and camped nearby.
"Russia has treacherously broken its word," Georgia's Security Council chief Alexander Lomaia said Wednesday in Tbilisi, the capital.
An AP reporter saw dozens of trucks and armored vehicles leaving Gori, roaring southeast. Soldiers waved at journalists and one soldier jokingly shouted to a photographer: "Come with us, beauty, we're going to Tbilisi!"
ok.. now you got me wondering. What was in Tbilisi?
Prayers up for our brave troops and for the freedom-loving people of Georgia.
Not for long. I understand OUR military is heading for Gori or even there now.
President Bush dispatched US military hardware to the heart of the Caucasus today
Course that is C-17s with Humanitarian Aid......
Squaring up is one thing. But what is needed is a good poke in the nose.
But Gori is full of Russians! That would be a huge battle.
Not for long.
Do you think the US would have just sat back while those 5 Presidents flew into an active war zone with no protection ? I do not think we would.
We expect Russia to meet its commitment to cease all military activities in Georgia, and we expect all Russian forces that entered Georgia in recent days to withdraw from that country."
President Bush, today.
I guess Russia has finally started paying their soldiers.
Thanks for the PING!, Ernest.
That's right. Just a bunch of tents and things. Nothing more.
Obama says to hell with Georgia (ò¿ó)
chicken and waffles for everyone!
Yeah, they get paid all they can carry out of sacked Georgian cities.
Again more media gibberish. The military is on a humanitarian mission. Not a single piece of U.S. military hardware is flowing into Georgia.
This is what double agents do Mr. President. Lull you in and then betray you when weakest. President Bush Sr. will have much useful advice I am sure on intelligence operatives on the ground to counter and reveal moles in our government, that have been operating there for years. They must go first.
Putin is about to get a Tony Lama up tween the ears. Never trust a KGB officer.
Pray for W and Our Troops
And you betcha the Russians were never going to bomb Tbilisi.
Can you please PM me re:why?
This sitrep has me very concerned.
‘...Dont you mean Leg Tingling?...’
That ‘tingle’ was eventually identified as a bladder control problem.
Okay, caption that photo! First time I ever saw a picture of the President and I was afraid. I bet the twins know that look. And Putin doesn’t have his chin stuck out in defiance, does he? Who is the other guy in between?
Specialist prayers for the guys we love who always go in first.
I believe he is Putin's translator. Russian to broken English (kidding)...
Yes, I saw that too. Bush was taking Putin to the woodshed. Of course, the dopey announcers were joking that they were discussing the costumes of the athletes or something stupid. I can’t believe the announcers didn’t know that Georgia was under attack. They weren’t shy about discussing every political challenge each nation was facing as its athletes marched in.
Um, (((cough))), exactly...
Yes, I’ve never seen that look from him before but I’m impressed with it.
Don’t know who the other is, I found this pic on the net in one of the Georgia articles from the msm.
Well isn't this a replay of Clinton/Albright/EU/NATO when they bombed Yugoslavia? The lie and pretext being "ethnic cleansing, genocide, etc." Even though Russia didn't need a lessen in propaganda, as Putin was trained and practiced with the best of the Soviet era propagandists, the irony would be amusing if it weren't so pathetic. The false claims of genocide and ethnic cleansing created the perfect pretext for Putin. He's playing according to the rules set down by the West. The only one-upmanship the West have on him though, is that the press bought the false stories of Milosevic and the former Yugoslavia, hook, line and sinker. So those stories will maintain the supposed integrity and righteousness of the bombing of a sovereign country now reduced to the Republic of Serbia minus the latest piece of it Kosovo.
Only problem for Putin of course, is that while Clinton and his cabal were able to hoodwink almost everybody, very few people believe anything Putin says. But he is trying to play by their rules though.
“The picture is telling. Bush appears intense, even angry. Putin appears defensive...”
I agree. GWB looks really annoyed with KGB.
Right after 911, oh yeah, he had lots of looks better than this one.
You are correct, he did have some better ones after 9/11.
For some reason I’m reminded of the scene in “Patton “ where he’s at a party at the end of the war with his staff and I’m guessing his Russian counter part with his staff and interpreter.
Int. “the General would like to make a toast”
Patton. “Tell the General I do not wish to drink with him,...or any other Russian Sonuvabitch.”
Int. “ but...sir i cannot tell the General that!”
Patton. “You tell him...word for word.”
Interpreter tells him...words exchanged...looks back at Patton.
Int. “ The General says he thinks you are a sonuvabitch too.”
Patton. (smiles) “ O.K....one sonuvabitch to another”
As they drink Patton has the look that says...I’ll be seeing you again...another day...another place.
Good move. Lets Russia keep face, gives our ally aid, and doesn’t commit us to anything.
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