THE AGRESSIVE RUSSIAN BEAR
If anyone wonders why Russia consistently blocks any attempt to apply sanctions to Iran to convince them to drop their nuclear weapons program, the current crisis in Georgia may shed some light on that subject. Putin seems intent on putting back together a semblance of the old Soviet Union. Having a pro-western government in Georgia does not fit into his plans. Georgia's effort to bring their wayward, pro Russia, breakaway provinces back into the fold gave Putin his excuse to invade. The situation is not unlike that which started the Korean War. Our Secretary of State failed to include, in a policy speech covering our "sphere of influence", South Korea. The North Koreans took that to mean we would not come to South Korea's aid when they attacked, hoping to bring the whole country under their communist regime. The U.S. was trying to put Georgia on the fast track to become a member of NATO, which would have given them an umbrella of protection. A while back, Georgia's candidacy was put on hold. Had they been accepted it is doubtful that Putin would have tried such as move. The question now is whether Russian troops will be withdrawn from Georgia. Putin is one of the bad guys, willing to risk much to regain power, militarily and economically. He is currently trying to tie up the bulk of the natural gas supply to the European Union countries. We now have to focus on Ukrain. Will Putin try to intimidate that country of 50 million souls?
Now is the time for President Bush to pull out all stops, diplomatically and economically with the cooperation of the other members of the G-8 countries. John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as both parties, should show American unity on this, putting party politics on hold