Ah the Joy of WAR!
The Shit seems to have hit the fan In the nation of Georgia. There’s some serious shit going on over there. According to the Russians own accounts, they have sent over 20,000 men and 500 tanks into the nation of Georgia, and have spread the war far beyond it’s original scope. The Russians have moved well past the borders of the Breakaway province of South Ossetia and Into Georgia proper.
The Russians were apparently ready for this conflict and were waiting for a reason to hit Georgia, having 5 battalions of the 58th Army on the Georgia-Russia border, on August 4th, several days before Georgia attacked the South Ossetian separatists in Georgia in full force, which spurred the Russian attack On Georgia. Before that happened, it was small skirmishes, sniping and the like, deadly but not on the level we are at now, with Separatists versus Georgian “peacekeepers” which had been happening on and off in that nation since August 1st.
There have been stories of Atrocities on both sides here, but this is a war zone, and has been one for a number of days, and there has been conflict in this region, between Georgia and S.Ossetia for a Number of years. So that is no surprise. People are by and large Inhumane to other people. It should not, going from that premise, be difficult to see that People with guns during war will be especially Inhumane. I think what I heard of was rocket and small arms attack of civilians by both sides. I cannot speak to the credibility of said reports, but I can’t dispute them either, so I’ll simply let you be the judge.
George Bush is talking tough here. He is apparently miffed that Vladimir Putin told him one thing and then did another. That is the Impression that I get. The Man sounds Like he is ready for war. And Georgia is an Allie of ours, and they did have troops in Iraq assisting us there. We have airlifted all those Georgian troops out of Iraq, so they could help their countrymen in Georgia.
Oh, and we have about 100 men In Georgia ourselves. Simply trainers though, And I am not sure if they are being pulled out of the Region or not. All American Diplomats have been evacuated out of the region to neighboring Armenia.
Checking in on the Candidates for President, I am truly surprised that perhaps the strongest talk I have heard from anyone here has been from… Guess who?
You read that right. Odd as that sounds it’s true. Read and see for yourself, quoting the New York Times Piece(click on the word “several” above for the entire statement)
Russia has escalated its military campaign through strategic bombing and the movement of its ground forces into the heart of Georgia. There is no possible justification for these attacks.
I reiterate my call for Russia to stop its bombing campaign, to stop flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and to withdraw its ground forces from Georgia. The Georgian government has proposed a cease-fire and the Russian government should accept it.
I was surprised that his words came out stronger than John McCain’s own words did. A McCain Quote next, from Reuters:
“Russian President (Dmitry) Medvedev and Prime Minister (Vladimir) Putin must understand the severe, long-term negative consequences that their government’s actions will have for Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and Europe,”
Strong words, tis true, but Mister Obama speaks more harshly from where I sit. McCain says there will be “Long term Consequences”. Obama says “Accept the terms and Get the hell out, NOW”!
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That’s It from Me. Later!
Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote, from Sun Tzu’s “Art of War”: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.
Latest edit: 2:23 a.m. EDT, August 12th.