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Chew on this: War is bad Extra Shooty Edition

Posted in guns, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , on 13, August 2008 by chockblock

Chew on this (just don’t hit any UXO):

  1. Via xbradtc :
    Russian-Georgian War Update

    As of this morning, the Soviets Russians have announced a cease fire and claim they have halted attacks on Georgia.

  2. Wikipedia weights in:2008 South Ossetia war

    This article documents ongoing warfare.
    Information might change rapidly and initially be unconfirmed as the conflict evolves.
    This article or section may be slanted towards recent events.
    Please try to keep recent events in historical perspective.
    The length of this article or section may adversely affect readability.
    Please discuss this issue on the talk page, split the content into subarticles, and keep this page in a summary style.

    They’re even fighting over their wiki entry…

  3. Jawa Report: Russian-Georgian cyberwar:
  4. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Their side of the story.
  5. Applebaum on Georgia This could blow up in everyones facs (Source LGF)
  6. OMG GET A CLUE…..

    Bush slams Russia ‘invasion’
    Financial Times:
    By our International Staff

    Published: August 12 2008 03:00 | Last updated: August 12 2008 03:00

    President George W. Bush last night accused Russia of invading Georgia and said Moscow appeared to be mounting an effort to overthrow the “duly elected government” in Tbilisi.

    WTF? Tanks, ballistic missiles and heavy bombers are not gifts of love…(just ask my wife 🙂 )

    h/t NewsBusters

  7. Tinfoil hat time, from Confederate Yankee:HuffPo: War in Georgia Engineered To Help McCain
    Source from HuffPo:

    In classic “Wag The Dog” scenario there is a neat little war brewing between American and Russian proxies, and real Russian troops, in the Caucacus Mountains on the Russian border.

    It couldn’t come at a better time for the Republicans.

    ZOMG!! You are a suxxor! Russia and Georigia are fighting for the lulz…McCain commands their forces from his mountain lair.

    Ssrly..dude, switch to a less toxic brand of crack.

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Crossing the line? (UPDATED)

Posted in guns, politcs, rankers, War On Terror with tags , , , , , , , , , on 10, August 2008 by chockblock

YES

From Elise Labott
CNN
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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Russia’s use of strategic bombers and ballistic missiles against Georgia’s civilians outside of the South Ossetian conflict is “far disproportionate” to Georgia’s alleged attack on Russian peacekeepers, a senior U.S. official said Saturday.
An apartment building damaged by a Russian airstrike burns in the northern Georgian town of Gori.

Russian military vehicles line the road to the South Ossetia area of Georgia.

The official was not authorized to speak on the record due to the sensitive nature of the diplomacy.

When the U.S. uses artillery in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are accused of war crimes.

Ace of Spades has an interesting compare and contrast:

The Chosen One:

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….

John McCain:

For many years, I have warned against Russian actions that undermine the sovereignty of its neighbors. Unfortunately, we have seen in recent days Russia demonstrate that these concerns were well-founded.

While Obama talks about change and hope,John McCain deals with the reality of a hostile world. In many discussions with liberal friends, I bring up the hostile world we live in. These memes come up:

  1. it’s our fault
  2. people want peace. (usually said in a dreamy manner,or in condescending tones)
  3. it’s about greed and oil (usually America’s)
  4. LALALALAL I CAN”T HEAR YOU (pretending that the problems don’t exist)
  5. other problems are more important (a variant of the above)

To which the best aswer is “Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum” (if you want peace prepare for war). I would like to live in a peaceful world. While defense spending (a hot topic among peaceniks) is large, it is nowhere near as large as (put together) the spending on all of the other programs. I hope the people of the world can grow out of war. But as a soldier I’m not holding my breath.

As a father of two let me quote one of the founding fathers:

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace” Thomas Paine.

Update:

Georgian breakaway city in ruins, via CNN.com:

TSKHINVALI, South Ossetia (CNN) — Tskhinvali, the capital of the separatist Georgian province of South Ossetia, lay in smoldering ruins Sunday after three days of fighting between Georgian troops and Russian forces.
A burning apartment building, damaged by a Russian airstrike, in the northern Georgian town of Gori.

Russia’s deputy foreign minister said at least 2,000 people, mostly South Ossetians who claim Russian citizenship, have been killed in Tskhinvali.

The fighting had spread well beyond South Ossetia, with Russian airstrikes on Georgian cities and with thousands of Russian troops in the breakaway province of Abkhazia.

  • Some analysis at Ace o’ Spades
  • U.S. Begins Flying Georgian Troops out of Iraq Fox News.
  • Russia Deploys Ships, Expands Georgia Bombing Blitz Fox News.
  • and lastly what is important to the Democrats:

  • Democrats Shrug Off Edwards’ Affair, Paternity Questions (yes it’s from Fox News, deal with it 😛 )