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14 August 2008
America sends aid to Georgia: Trots start to panic
I don't believe it. Now the Trots are fantasising about a Third World War that could start in Georgia. Lenin's Tomb - which I admit is slightly above average for a Trot site - is bleating that the USA is going to use her airforce and navy to deliver relief supplies to Georgia. "You don't need hawk airjets and naval vessels to deliver relief supplies," pontificates the blog's owner, who then goes on to yelp that "America is saying that it will place its military forces right in Georgia..."

Well, the Americans don't actually use Hawk trainers. Now they do have a variant, called the T-45 Goshawk which they use for training pilots, but that's all it is used for. I doubt if any of them are used on actual carriers, and even if they are, I doubt if any carriers will be sent to Georgia.

You do need naval vessels to deliver supplies quickly and efficiently and most countries use them for emergencies like this. The BBC report which got this Trot in such a tizzy explained pretty clearly that the Americans are already using transport aircraft to ferry supplies into Georgia and that over the next few days "naval forces" will ship in a lot more. No mention is made of a carrier group, possibly because the idea only exists in the febrile mind of this Trot. Besides, getting a carrier group through the Bosporus would be more trouble than it is worth. Come to think of it, no mention is made in the report of American "military forces right in Georgia" either, but never mind. This is the world that the Trots inhabit, and reality rarely impinges.

What are the Americans up to? Probably just what they say, with the added proviso that the Georgian government has just lost a war and the Americans need to prop that government up. So along with the humanitarian supplies will come quite a bit of new kit to replace that which the Georgians managed to lose over the past few days.

All of this will have been cleared with the Russians, and the chances are that a quiet little deal has already been struck that will see Russia keeping South Ossetia and the Americans not losing Georgia as an ally.

Further evidence for the reality of a deal came out of Washington when the Americans basically slapped down Mikhail Saakashvili when he announced that the USA would take over Georgia's airports and ports as part of the supply operation. America will do no such thing, said the Pentagon, pointedly.

If this theory is correct then the adults are most definitely back in charge of events, and the rest of us can just be grateful for that. As for Lenin's Tomb, its owner can go back to dreaming about neither Washington nor Moscow but somewhere over the fucking rainbow, which is all a Trot is good for.



Was Putin's speech the real reason for the attack?

Here's what Putin said in Munich:

"The unipolar world refers to a world in which there is one master, one sovereign---- one center of authority, one center of force, one center of decision-making. At the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within.… What is even more important is that the model itself is flawed because at its basis there is and can be no moral foundations for modern civilization.”

“Unilateral and frequently illegitimate actions have not resolved any problems. Moreover, they have caused new human tragedies and created new centers of tension. Judge for yourselves---wars as well as local and regional conflicts have not diminished. More are dying than before. Significantly more, significantly more!

Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper-use of force – military force – in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts.

We are seeing a greater and greater disdain for the basic principles of international law. And independent legal norms are, as a matter of fact, coming increasingly closer to one state’s legal system. One state and, of course, first and foremost the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is visible in the economic, political, cultural and educational policies it imposes on other nations. Well, who likes this? Who is happy about this?

In international relations we increasingly see the desire to resolve a given question according to so-called issues of political expediency, based on the current political climate. And of course this is extremely dangerous. It results in the fact that no one feels safe. I want to emphasize this – no one feels safe! Because no one can feel that international law is like a stone wall that will protect them. Of course such a policy stimulates an arms race.

I am convinced that we have reached that decisive moment when we must seriously think about the architecture of global security.”

Every word Putin spoke was true which is why it was not reprinted in the western media.

“Unilateral and illegitimate military actions”, the “uncontained hyper-use of force”, the “disdain for the basic principles of international law”, and most importantly; “No one feels safe!”

Putin's claims are all indisputable, that is why he has entered the neocons crosshairs. He poses a direct challenge to---what Brzezinski calls---the "international system", which is shorthand for the corporate/banking cartel that is controlled by the western oligarchy of racketeers.

South Ossetia was a trap and Putin took the bait. Unfortunately for Bush, the wily Russian prime minister is considerably brighter than anyone in the current administration. Bush's plan will undoubtedly backfire and disrupt the geopolitical balance of power. The world might get that breather from the US after all.

14 August 2008 at 09:20  

Evidence that the American's are having second thoughts...
Are the American's undermining Israel's desire t attack ?

Following Bush's return to Washington, the administration studied Israel's request, and this led it to suspect that Israel was planning to attack Iran within the next few months. The Americans therefore decided to send a strong message warning it not to do so.

U.S. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen both visited here in June and, according to the Washington Post, told senior Israeli defense officials that Iran is still far from obtaining nuclear weapons, and that an attack on Iran would undermine American interests. Therefore, they said, the U.S. would not allow Israeli planes to overfly Iraq en route to Iran.

The Americans sent a similar message to Iraq, which had objected vociferously to the idea of its air space being used for an Israeli attack on Iran.

These private messages were accompanied by a series of leaks from the Pentagon that Israel interpreted as attempts to thwart any possibility of an attack on Iran. For instance, the Americans revealed details of a major Israel Air Force exercise in the Mediterranean; they also said they doubted Israel had adequate intelligence about Iran's nuclear facilities. In addition, Mullen spoke out publicly against an attack on Iran.

14 August 2008 at 13:44  

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