Skip to comments.The John Batchelor Show Sunday August 17th, 2008 - John Bolton Alert
Posted on 08/17/2008 12:18:04 PM PDT by Perdogg
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705P ET: John Bolton, AEI, re the Georgia crisis at the UN Security Council, the the Cold War Remake, re what does Russian aggression do for the Iran stand-off?
720P: Ketevan Ninua, Georgian patriot, re the Georgian Diaspora and the Russian attack on Georgia, re the occupation of Georgia, re the NATO cower.
735P: Professional roundtable with James Taranto, WSJ, re the Georgia crisis, re the dueling campaigns on Georgia, McCain the Cold Warrior, and Obama the foreign policy novice. “I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected,” Obama said in a written statement. “All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.”
750P: Rountable continues with Diana West, Washington Times, re the unusual political distinction in the media between the War on Terror and the New Cold War.
805P: Chuck Nash, U.S. N (retd) re the Black sea and the deployment of American Navy assets into the home of the Black Sea Fleet, re the US assets in the Med .
820P: Confirming Malcolm Hoenlein, re the Georgia crisis and Israel, re Iran and Syria as Russian clients, re the Russians in Israel.
835P: Jed Babbin, Human Events, re the Georgia crisis in the GOP, re the missile defense shield to Poland and the U.S. Congress, re the back to the future of 1938. "...invading Georgia is taken from the German monster’s that was acted out in Czechoslovakia in 1938 and paved the way for his invasion of Poland in 1939."
850P: Quentin Peel, Financial Times, re Georgia, the Russian threat, and the European reaction, Western Europe vs Eastern Europe. Re the refugee crisis for Georgia. "These people are fleeing out of fear," the UNHCR said. "There are Russian checkpoints on the roads. Fear is making people move."
905P: Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution, re the Georgia crisis in American cold war history. " Russia knows the great truth about the West: it will pour a half-million people into the street to protest the United States removing a homicidal dictator to foster democracy, but not a half-dozen to object to Russia attempting to remove a democratic government to foster dictatorship."
920P: Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Nation, re Georgia and the crisis in Eastern Europe, in Russia, re the election and the new Cold War.
935P: Boris Volodarsky, WSJ, re the Georgia crisis in Europe. "...an aggressive character with a stubble-beard purporting to be from the London School of Economics (I have since learnt he is the one-time Russian spy Boris Volodarsky - below left - now collaborating with Oleg Gordievsky."
955P: Exeunt re the Polish missile deal and the threats by Moscow.
August 15: Financial Times: Berlin: More Peace In Our Time, Auf Deutsch:
"Angela Merkel, German chancellor, will travel to Georgia on Sunday for talks with President Mikheil Saakashvili aimed at forging a lasting peace between Tbilisi and Moscow, Reuters reports . Ms Merkel will meet Mr Medvedev on Friday."
Berlin must surrender to Moscow in a most obeisant manner, because of the oil and gas needs from the Russian-only pipelines, because of the East German revanchists, because of the pacifist cult that dominates Deutschland. Looking to Ms. Merkel as a peace-broker is similar to looking to a fish in water. Western Europe drifts toward a consensus on Georgia and the Russian aggression: It's not our fight, what can we do, Moscow is crude, the Georgians provoked this, George Bush is a feckless monkey (right, from the Guardian); the Russians are always with us. Note that the only important part of this litany is that George Bush is powerless. Western Europe must reduce the American empire to impotence and farce in order to maintain solidarity with its own deep-seated belief in appeasement at all costs and convenient ethics. More here. Comments welcomed. Thanks. JB
August 15: London Times: Cold War chess: "The US deal on its missile defence shield is a further sign of Russia’s increasing isolation. Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, said that his country would allow America to place ten missile interceptors on its soil in exchange for US defence support."
The photo of a burning Georgia naval unit at the Black Sea port of Poti is fair warning that the U.S. Navy is coming with orders to challenge any blockade along the Georgia Coast. The Black Sea is a pond. This is Cold War chicken, chapter 1. Meanwhile, the Pentagon begins its Polish Scenario -- ten interceptors at the Russian doorstep. More Polish here. Comments welcomed. Thanks. JB
August 14: London Times: "In Gori, Major-General Borisov denied Georgian claims that there had been looting and widespread destruction.
“There’s been some talk that the city is destroyed, that there is looting,” he said, “Everything is normal. There is even electricity.”
"However, Russia’s state Interfax news agency reported that two looters had been executed by firing squad in South Ossetia itself."
Defining normal down, General Borisov discovers that his art of the sound bite needs work in translation. The normal looters executed in South Ossetia must have asked for a normal firing squad and a normal last cigarette and a normal blindfold -- and their last sight would have been of the normal blue-eyed Russian paras (right) looking down their sights.
Also, a choice piece of normal irony from Sergei in Moscow in the London Times comments section:
"Sue, it will be simply to make new G without USA, a new union instead NATO and the World will breathе with relief, i suppose. :) Sergei, Moscow, Russia" More Normal here. Comments welcomed. Thanks. JB
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August 11: London Times: “It is lamentable that some of our partners are not helping us but are trying to stand in the way. I mean among other things the transfer of the Georgian military contingent from Iraq actually to the conflict zone by the military transport planes of the United States,” he (Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia) said at Cabinet meeting today to discuss the military operation. More here. Comments welcomed. Thanks. JB
Correction re a follow-up conversation Sunday 10 with Colonel Joe Alexander, USMC (rec'd), historian, co-author "Through the Wheat: The United States Marines in World War 1" to correct the record re the attack on June 6, 1918. More Belleau Correction here. Comments welcomed. Thanks. JB
Thanks for the ping :)
Thanks for the ping. Eric Shawn had John on FOX earlier today discussing Russia/Georgia. He’s not too optimistic about the situation.
Oddly enough- (I mentioned this on the Sunday Talk Show thread) Abassador Richard Holbrook- a reliable liberal talking points fellow- was visibly angry at Russia and what he’s seen while he’s on the ground in Georgia. He said several times this was NOT the fault of Georiga and that Russia had baited them into this mess.
From a lib- it was a refreshing change- and a marked contrast with Wesley Clark who’s spouting the same old crap..blah...Georgia bad...should have known better, must use diplomacy to work with Russia...blah..blah..
Many thanks for the reminder and ping! Sounds like a great show.
She and JB are neighbors in Westchester.
I guess among the comservatives and moderates he will put on a lib for their slant
Just returned yesterday from a vacation in Hollywood and Santa Monica. We visited my nephew and his wife, and we had a great time. Life is pretty quiet here in the countryside of PA, compared to your state of CA...
Here and listening.
Hey there AV. JB has had the usual greats on with the Gerogia breakdown.
The next hr should be fun with Larry Johnson “No Quarter”
I checked over at PUMA and they had a live thread for the Barry smack down last night. I think they were giving high fives every time McCain spoke
*Life is pretty quiet here in the countryside of PA, compared to your state of CA...*
That may not be all that bad.
I would like to see some time Berks and Lancaster Cos. Pa
where several of my German ancestors settled in the 1740s.
Always appreciate your lineup summary.
Glad to switch over to the radio now as the streaming on WABC cut out often tonight