Skip to comments.U.S., Allies ‘Stand With People of Georgia,’ Bush Says
Posted on 08/15/2008 5:30:31 PM PDT by SandRat
| WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008 President Bush today pledged the United States will support the former Soviet republic of Georgia in its time of need, as Russian troops still occupy parts of the country. Video
The United States and our allies stand with the people of Georgia and their democratically elected government, Bush said at the White House.
I am sick of hearing this. Words mean diddly squat !
Hey Senor’ Bush At least give them some stinger missiles
Agreed. Imagine the effect of 8-10 Hellfires from out of (ahem) “nowhere”, cracking open some Russian tanks engaged in looting in Georgia.
Imagine the sputtering from the rat-like Putin.
We are up to our ying-yang in the Middle East and the Russians know it, otherwise this would never have happened. Opportunity missed is an opportunity lost. ;-)
I guess you could consider his "ranch" his home office. A great leader does not lead from his "ranch".
This is an escalation. The ante has been upped from a return to August 6th status quo to Russian departure form ALL Georgian territory.
In a week or two, we'll probably be seeing fleet units moving into more aggressive positions and overflights of Russian airspace by U.S. aircraft a week or two after that... if the Russians don't get the hint.
As for those who want more action faster, this isn't a video game. The Russians share a land border with Georgia, so invading and departing for them is easy. For us, it's a world away. We can respond quickly by launching missiles at Russian targets, but without air support, supplies, and materials on the ground or nearby, doing so would only escalate the local fighting and slaughter before we could even begin to put a meaningful number of boots on the ground to defend the Georgians from the Russian response.
I'm guessing that pieces are in motion. If you have specifics on movements, please keep them to yourself. You can dazzle us later with your knowledge after everything hits the fan.
BS, in this day he can lead from where ever he is located. There is nothing he can do in Washington(well not much anyway)that he can't do from Crawford. He has phones, computers and, I bet, a situation room at this ranch. He deserves time off as much as anyone but he never actually gets it(time off).
Don’t you just love the adolescent bravado from the keyboard commandos at FR?!
He can run the country just as well from his ranch as he could from the White House. Everything he needs to do his job is replicated on his ranch and he is only a few hours away from the White House if he needs to return. Although perception in the public eye might get the knickers of MSM all in a bunch.
Many modern Presidents have managed various world conflicts from their retreats. Roosevelt, Truman, Nixon, Reagan and, yes, even Clinton.
Location does not a White House make ability to communicate does.
We stand with them! Well, not really WITH them. We’re standing behind them... and a bit to the side. Actually, we’re not really facing them either, kind of looking to the side trying to pretend we don’t actually know them so we don’t have to get involved.
Pretty pathetic, isn’t it?
Words mean nothing at this point.
The bear has to be smacked down—now—or it will continue to create problems. This is 1936 all over again, and a stupefied Europe will guarantee the same results.
What should we do?
At this point, all the words that need to be spoken have been said, The Russians are daring us to act.
So, we should airlift troops from South Korea(they are not needed there any longer—pthe ROK can defend Korea—we’ve only been there 58 years now) and we should secure the oil pipeline. Russia should be told Georgia is our ally, and if they interfere, deadly force will be used against Russian troops. Then, we once again need to kick the European leaders in the ass and get them to get their troops there to provide ongoing security for the pipeline and to push the Russians back.
And they will back down when met with force. The Russians cannot sustain nor supply this operation for a long time, especially with winter approaching.
We should also freeze Russian economic assets and turn them over to Georgia for damages.
If the bear is not smacked down, we will repeat the years 1936-1939. Russia, Iran, and China will be linking up if we don’t derail their plans.
Most of my life was lived in fear of the Russians and their weapons. The Cold War—WW3—1946-1991-—cost us 45 years, 110,000 American lives, and trillions and trillions of dollars that could have been spent here at home. Then we spent hundreds of billions cleaning their crappy weapons and chemical messes, and absorbing the lifeless Eastern Bloc countries the Russians stripped bare of any economic value, leaving an environmental disaster behind.
Screw them and the horse they rode in on.
We’re done with words. Russia is flashing the sword. Nothing but a swift kick in the groin is going to make them put it back in the sheath.
“Moscow must,” or what? The democratic West has been snookered, and our Democrats have seen to it that our options are severely constrained by our reliance on oil from overseas sources.
Buying oil from “foreign” sources is condemned in blanket fashion, but I believe Canada is predominantly our principal “foreign” source, and should not be lumped with such as Saudi Arabia, Cesar Chavez and other actual or potential adversaries.
Pres. Bush is saying the right thing if he will back it up. If he doesn’t intend to back it up it is immoral. It would be better to walk away and tell the Caucausus and the Balkans to “sink or swim.”
I can't believe he said this.
Uh, you think the dead can hear him?
It wouldn't be so easy if we closed that tunnel at Roki and trashed the rail lines in Abkhazia. I don't know what the implications are of overflying Armenia but air sorties could be staged from Iraq if we did. We could burn all that Russian armor and let Georgian troops engage on the ground. I suppose Iraq would have to approve of flying from their airspace now that they're a sovereign country again.
I keep hearing Rice and Bush say this...It's become utterly embarrassing. I wish they just shut up.
I bet Isreal is miffed if this is what “Stand with the People” means.
Not quite true the Air Force is not being used that much.We may have a squadron or two flying in Iraq and Afghanastan but thats not the total capability of the Air Combat command.
All we have to do is fly a wing of F-22’s ,F15’s and F-16’s in there and the Russians will get the Idea really quick that theirs a new game in town.
Right Now all the Russians may have to fear is losing their membership in the G-8 which I would be happy to see.Putins not going to be worried about that.He fears U.S. Air Power and he knows that he could get his head handed to him if he's not careful.
Some A-10’s too, target rich environment over there, just now.
Oh come on...don’t think for one minute Bush is JUST saying words. There is so much going on you don’t have a clue that’s taking place. You think for one minute a word will be spoken of the action we’re taking....
Very much so, I believe.
President Bush has proven to be a very able leader in times of international crisis. I don’t think the situation in Georgia will be an exception.
You’re right, but our numb nut leaders don’t have the balls to deal with Iran, which is actively killing our troops and we don’t do a Goddamned thing. Do you really think we will forcefully deal with Russia?
You’re right about Iran.
The first evidence of their complicity in killing our troops in Iraq, their one and only gasoline refinery would be a smoking ruin.
Guess why that’s why I am not the President!
I can only hope the President will put military forces in play.
It is the ONLY thing the Russians fear.
Vlad is gambling that Western testicular fortitude is a myth. And he is right—so far.
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