April 17, 2016

Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft


Russian Jet Threatened U.S. Recon Aircraft


Barrel rolls over plane in latest Baltic Sea provocation

A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft on Thursday in the latest military provocation by Moscow over the Baltic Sea, the U.S. European Command said Saturday.

“On April 14, a U.S. Air Force RC-135 aircraft flying a routine route in international airspace over the Baltic Sea was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 in an unsafe and unprofessional manner,” said Navy Capt. Danny Hernandez.

“This intercept comes shortly after the unsafe Russian encounters with USS Donald Cook,” he added. “There have been repeated incidents over the last year where Russian military aircraft have come close enough to other air and sea traffic to raise serious safety concerns, and we are very concerned with any such behavior.”

Hernandez said the U.S. aircraft, a militarized Boeing 707 jet, was operating in international airspace “and at no time crossed into Russian territory.”

“This unsafe and unprofessional air intercept has the potential to cause serious harm and injury to all aircrews involved,” he said. “More importantly, the unsafe and unprofessional actions of a single pilot have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between countries.”

According to Hernandez, the Su-27 carried out “erratic and aggressive maneuvers” by approaching the RC-135 at a high rate of speed from the side.

The Russian jet “then proceeded to perform an aggressive maneuver that posed a threat to the safety of the U.S. aircrew in the RC-135U,” the spokesman said.

“More specifically, the SU-27 closed within 50 feet of the wing-tip of the RC-135 and conducted a barrel roll starting from the left side of the aircraft, going over the top of the aircraft and ended up to the right of the aircraft,” he said.

The U.S. government is protesting all the incidents this week to the Russian government through diplomatic channels, he said.

The RC-135U, an electronic intelligence-gathering aircraft, is normally operated by five air crew and up to 16 electronic warfare officers and six or more regional specialists.

The dangerous aerial incident came two days after a simulated Russian aerial assault against the guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. Washington called the simulated assault a military provocation, and said it nearly caused an international shootout.

Two Russian fighter-bombers, identified as Su-24s, made close passes over the Cook, including one jet that came within 30 feet of the warship.

A Navy officer said the buzzing was the most reckless flyover of a U.S. warship by either a Russian or Chinese warplane since the Cold War. “I’ve been in a lot of those situations and I’ve never seen any plane come that close,” the officer said.

The aerial harassment appears to be part of a Russian military campaign of intimidation against the United States and NATO.



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Russia is not worried about anything, they can do whatever they want to since Obama is so weak and Putin knows it.


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September 29, 2015

Putin Calls For Coalition To Fight ISIS Based On Cooperation With Assad



Putin Calls For Coalition To Fight ISIS Based On Cooperation With Assad


Vladimir Putin snubbed Barack Obama and revived Russia’s historic role in the Middle East on Monday by calling for a new “broad coalition” to fight Isil based on co-operation with the Assad regime, report Richard Spencer, Harriet Alexander in New York and Roland Oliphant in Moscow.

In his long-awaited speech at the United Nations, the Russian president fiercely attacked American policy in Syria and around the world and criticised the West for “exporting social experiments” in the form of democratic revolutions, which he blamed for the Middle East crisis.


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I wish our President loved our country the way Putin loves his.



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April 23, 2015

Russian S-300 Missile Launch Goes Terribly Wrong



Here's what a failed Russian military rocket launch looks like


Amid Vladimir Putin’s controversial decision to authorize the sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran, a video has surfaced purportedly showing a failed Russian military missile launch.

While the type of missile was not immediately confirmed, a Russian military official reportedly told AFP on Wednesday that a rocket had crashed in the Arkhangelsk region in northern Russia.

In approximately eight seconds the missile shoots upward and then plummets back to the ground.

Iran’s acquisition of S-300 systems would be “a complete game changer for all fourth-gen aircraft [like the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18]. That thing is a beast and you don’t want to get near it,” a senior US Marine Corps aviator told The Daily Beast.



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I bet this does not impress Iran, I wonder if they paid the bill yet for their order.


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April 14, 2015

Russia Sells S-300 Missiles to Iran



Russia Sells S-300 Missiles to Iran


Russia Lifts Ban on Missile Sales to Iran


Russia announced Monday that it will sell Iran advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles. The decision, which ends an embargo dating back to 2010, shows that President Barack Obama is rapidly losing control of the international consensus on Iran.

It also sets Israel a deadline to attack Iran–since Israel has treated the S-300 system as a “red line,” and has attacked Syria several times recently to prevent advanced Russian air defense and anti-ship missile systems from becoming operational.

Some Israeli analysts have recently suggested that Israel will only attack Iran if the regime’s nuclear program poses a direct and imminent threat–if the “sword is at the throat.”

However, it is likely that Israeli strategists have another deadline in mind–namely, the point where a military attack against Iran is no longer feasible. Currently, Iran has weak air defenses and would not be able to do much to stop an airstrike. However, the Russian missiles will advance its defensive capabilities.

Effectively, then, Putin is calling the world’s bluff. He is setting a deadline for Israel to make a fateful choice, and daring the Obama administration to intervene. More broadly, he is unraveling the P5+1 process that the U.S. has dominated recently–chiefly by leading the way in offering concessions to Iran. The “framework” of Lausanne is still murky, and a final deal is a long way from done, but Putin is already challenging the U.S. leverage that brought about the conditions for negotiations.

Putin knows full well that he is triggering an Israeli countdown–and he has been happy to do so in the past. From his point of view, it makes little difference whether Iran or Syria actually use the weapons he is selling them, so long as their money is good and the two regimes remain somewhat dependent on Russian protection.

For Israel, though, the question of war with Iran is no longer theoretical. It is something Israeli leaders–and the Obama administration–must face immediately.




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Praying for Israel. Obama is NO friend to Bibi or Israel.




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April 08, 2015

Russians Hack White House, Access Obama Info.- Karma at work!





Russians Hack White House, Access Obama Info

Washington (CNN)Russian hackers behind the damaging cyber intrusion of the State Department in recent months used that perch to penetrate sensitive parts of the White House computer system, according to U.S. officials briefed on the investigation.

While the White House has said the breach only affected an unclassified system, that description belies the seriousness of the intrusion. The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say.

The White House in October said it noticed suspicious activity in the unclassified network that serves the executive office of the president. The system has been shut down periodically to allow for security upgrades.

The FBI, Secret Service and U.S. intelligence agencies are all involved in investigating the breach, which they consider among the most sophisticated attacks ever launched against U.S. government systems. ​The intrusion was routed through computers around the world, as hackers often do to hide their tracks, but investigators found tell-tale codes and other markers that they believe point to hackers working for the Russian government.

National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh didn't confirm the Russian hack, but he did say that "any such activity is something we take very seriously."

"In this case, as we made clear at the time, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity," he said. "As has been our position, we are not going to comment on [this] article's attribution to specific actors."

Neither the U.S. State Department nor the Russian Embassy immediately responded to a request for comment.

Ben Rhodes, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, said the White House's use of a separate system for classified information protected sensitive national security-related items from being obtained by hackers.

"We do not believe that our classified systems were compromised," Rhodes told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.

"We're constantly updating our security measures on our unclassified system, but we're frankly told to act as if we need not put information that's sensitive on that system," he said. "In other words, if you're going to do something classified, you have to do it on one email system, one phone system. Frankly, you have to act as if information could be compromised if it's not on the classified system."

To get to the White House, the hackers first broke into the State Department, investigators believe.

The State Department computer system has been bedeviled by signs that despite efforts to lock them out, the Russian hackers have been able to reenter the system. One official says the Russian hackers have "owned" the State Department system for months and it is not clear the hackers have been fully eradicated from the system.

As in many hacks, investigators believe the White House intrusion began with a phishing email that was launched using a State Department email account that the hackers had taken over, according to the U.S. officials.




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LOL I was hoping they might have hacked in and found all the information Obama has hidden from we the people since day one of his campaign to run for president the first time. Like his school records Obama’s college transcripts. Medical records.etc. Russia doing the job investigative journalist refuse to do.


Just desserts after the White Hut was busy hacking Tea Party emails and the journalist reporting on Benghazi.

The hackers had access to sensitive information such as real-time non-public details of the president's schedule. While such information is not classified, it is still highly sensitive and prized by foreign intelligence agencies, U.S. officials say.

So the Russians now know his golf schedule. LOL


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December 09, 2014

Russia To Conduct Observation Flights Over the U.S.



Russia To Conduct Observation Flights Over the U.S.

International Business Times

In an attempt to promote transparency in military activities between the two countries, Russia will conduct an observation flight over the United States as part of the Treaty on Open Skies between Dec. 8 and Dec. 13, Sergei Ryzhkov, head of Russia’s National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center, said Monday.

The flight will be launched from Travis Air Force Base in California and cover a maximum range of 2,640 miles. A group of U.S. specialists will also board the Russian aircraft to monitor the flight and to ensure that norms of the treaty are not violated. According to the U.S. Department of State, the Treaty on Open Skies allows 34 participating countries to carry out observation flights over each other's territories to gather information through aerial imaging on military forces and activities that are of concern to them.

“Within the framework of the international Treaty on Open Skies a group of Russian inspectors plans to conduct an observation flight on a Russian Tupolev Tu-154M-LK-1 observation aircraft over the territory of the United States,” Ryzhkov told Ria Novosti.

The announcement comes after a U.S. military plane reportedly conducted surveillance flights over Russia last month to capture images of the region’s military equipment.



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This seems very weird to me.


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November 16, 2014

Canada’s Conservative PM Stephen Harper Tells Putin To “Get Out Of Ukraine”


Canada’s Conservative PM Stephen Harper Tells Putin To “Get Out Of Ukraine”


Stephen Harper told Russian President Vladimir Putin flatly that he needs “to get out of Ukraine,” when the two met at a Group of 20 summit of major economies in Brisbane.

A spokesman for the Canadian Prime Minister relayed the details of the encounter and, according to director of communications Jason MacDonald, “Mr. Putin did not respond positively.”

Mr. Harper and leaders of other Group of 20 economies are meeting on Australia’s northeast coast to find ways of spurring growth and creating jobs, but the debate is quickly taking on a more familiar theme: what to do about Russia.

Mr. Putin had arrived at the summit in an unrepentant mood Friday just as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was offering detailed reports on the troops and heavy weaponry Moscow is sending into eastern Ukraine, a violation of a ceasefire agreed to in September.




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Harper is a great Prime minister and leader.



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November 13, 2014

Russia’s Bombers To Conduct Regular Patrols Around Gulf Of Mexico Region


Russia’s Bombers To Conduct Regular Patrols Around Gulf Of Mexico Region…

MOSCOW - In a show of military muscle amid tensions with the West, Russia will send long-range strategic bombers on regular patrol missions across the globe, from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, a top official said Wednesday.

The announcement by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu came as NATO's chief accused Russia of sending fresh troops and tanks into eastern Ukraine.

"Over the last few days, we have seen multiple reports of large convoys moving into Eastern Ukraine," said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. "We assess that this significant military buildup includes Russian artillery, tanks, air defence systems and troops. His statement called the situation a "severe threat to the cease-fire."

Moscow denied the allegation as unfounded, but Shoigu also said the dispute with the West over Ukraine would require Russia to beef up its forces in the Crimea, the Black Sea Peninsula that Russia annexed in March.

Shoigu said Russian long-range bombers will conduct flights along Russian borders and over the Arctic Ocean. He said, "In the current situation we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico."

Shoigu would not say how frequent the patrol missions would be or offer any other specifics, but he noted that the increasing pace and duration of flights would require stronger maintenance efforts and that relevant directives have been issued to industries.

He said the Russian air force's long-range planes also will conduct "reconnaissance missions to monitor foreign powers' military activities and maritime communications."

A senior U.S. military official said Russia has not previously flown actual bomber patrols over the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Cold War.

Long-range bombers have been in the area before, but only to participate in various visits to the region when the aircraft stopped over night at locations in South or Central America. During the Cold War, other types of Russian aircraft flew patrols there, including surveillance flights and anti-submarine aircraft.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss the flights publicly, also said that the pace of Russian flights around North America, including the Arctic, have largely remained steady, with about five incidents per year.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, declined to call this a Russian provocation. He said the Russians have a right, like any other nation, to operate in international airspace and in international waters. The important thing, Warren said, is for such exercises to be carried out safely and in accordance with international standards.

Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers were making regular patrols across the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans during Cold War times, reaching areas from which nuclear-tipped cruise missiles could be launched at the United States. But that stopped in the post-Soviet economic meltdown.


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Wild Thing's comment...........

This does not make me feel very safe.

'A senior U.S. military official said Russia has not previously flown actual bomber patrols over the Gulf of Mexico, including during the Cold War.'

This is all on Obama!!! Grrrrrrrrrr



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July 19, 2014

Russian Backed Militants Fire Warning Shots, Forcing OSCE Investigators To Leave #M17 Crash Site, Victims Possessions Looted


Russian Backed Militants Fire Warning Shots, Forcing OSCE Investigators To Leave #M17 Crash Site, Victims Possessions Looted

PHOTOS and videos at this link......CLICK HERE.

Armed Russian rebels fire warning shots at international inspectors at crash site as black box recorder said to be 'on its way' to Moscow


Russian rebels have stopped inspectors from investigating the MH17 crash site amid reports the black box record is ‘on its way to Moscow’.

Monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were prevented from conducting their investigation by militiamen during their first trip to the scene.

The separatists reportedly fired warning shots as the group of 30 officials approached, forcing them to leave after just 75 minutes.

The stand-off fueled speculation that rebels are beginning a ‘cover-up’ by hiding all links to the Buk missile believed to have shot down the plane.



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Typical of Muslims.

I don’t see how it matters who gets the black boxes. It will indicate the plane was suddenly shot down. We know that. If they can identify exact weapon used (may already know that) and a way to tie it to a specific group then that would be useful. I might be wrong about this, but I guess I don't understand with this kind of thing.


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May 21, 2014

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Says Obama Is Bringing The World To The Brink of A “Second Cold War That Nobody Needs”


Russian prime minister warns Obama is bringing the world to the brink of 'a second Cold War that nobody needs'


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has blasted the Obama administration for bringing the world to the brink of ‘a second Cold War that nobody needs.’

In a videotaped interview published Tuesday, he told Bloomberg Television that ‘we are slowly but surely approaching a second cold war,’ in part because President Barack Obama ‘could be more tactful politically.’

Seated at his private residence outside Moscow and speaking through an English translator, Medvedev blasted Obama for leveling sanctions at the Russian government and its wealthiest oligarchs.

‘Let’s be honest: Those sanctions are a sharp knife for European business,’ he claimed. ‘And American business doesn’t need them either. The only ones who want sanctions are politicians, who use them to reinforce their convictions and demonstrate their power.’




Wild Thing's comment............

We are stuck with a community organizer with a communist/socialist/Marxist agenda.One thing for sure at least these enemies of our love their own country but Obama instead is OUR enemy and the enemy of our country.



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April 26, 2014

Pentagon: Russian Spy Ship, Tug Operating Near U.S.



Pentagon: Russian Spy Ship, Tug Operating Near U.S.


Ships near nuclear submarine base at Kings Bay, Ga.


A Russian intelligence-gathering ship has been operating off the U.S. East Coast and near the Gulf of Mexico for the past month, the Pentagon said Thursday.

“We are aware that the Russian ships Viktor Leonov and Nikolay Chiker are currently operating in waters that are beyond U.S. territorial seas but near Cuba,” said Lt. Col. Tom Crosson, a Pentagon spokesman. “We respect the freedom of all nations, as reflected in international law, to operate military vessels beyond the territorial seas of other nations.”

The Leonov is an intelligence gathering ship outfitted with high-tech electronic spying gear. The Chiker is an ocean-going naval tug that has been accompanying the spy ship on its mission.

Pentagon officials suspect the ships were part of a spying operation since March against the U.S. nuclear missile submarine base at Kings Bay, Ga. and other U.S. military facilities

Both ships were detected operating off the coast of Florida near the U.S. Naval Station Mayport, Fla., which is south of the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

The Russian intelligence gathering coincides with heightened tensions between the United States and Russia over Moscow’s recent military annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea.

An official said it is possible that the electronic spying is related to watching U.S. nuclear missile submarines as part of a Russian nuclear exercise.

According to Russian military press reports, some 10,000 Russian troops and 1,000 pieces of military equipment of the Strategic Missile Forces took part in an exercise April 17 to 19—coinciding with the transit of one of the ships, the Chiker, to Cuba from the coast off northern Florida on April 19.

“The exercises will test the cohesiveness and skills of units and commands in the process of alerting and the achievement of training objectives under various circumstances and in any time of the day,” Russian defense spokesman told Interfax.

The Chiker also is known to support submarines and is equipped with lift capability for servicing Russian submarines.

U.S. officials said in 2012 a Russian Akula attack submarine was detected operating near the East Coast. The Navy denied the sub sailed undetected in the Gulf of Mexico.

Crosson declined to comment further on the Russian naval activities. “It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to talk about the operations of non-U.S. vessels operating beyond U.S. territorial seas,” he said.





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So let's see Putin will not speak to Obama at least right now,that was announced on Friday. And yet they have their little toys in our waters. hahaha


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March 27, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz: The Russians are 'openly laughing' at Obama



Sen. Ted Cruz: The Russians are 'openly laughing' at Obama

Sen. Ted Cruz believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian leaders no longer respect President Obama because of his failure to lead.

"The only thing Putin respects is strength ... At this point the Russians are openly laughing at the president," Cruz, R-Texas, told the Washington Examiner.

Cruz added that Putin's aggressiveness was "a direct consequence" of the absence of American leadership in the world.

"The weakness and incoherent foreign policy of the Obama administration -- from President Obama, under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and under Secretary [John] Kerry -- has undermined our allies and has strengthened our enemies and put Putin in particular in a far stronger position," Cruz declared.

Cruz acknowledged that he was glad Obama was "reluctantly" and "slowly" moving toward acting on Ukraine, but added that he should be doing more.

He suggested that Obama sign a free trade agreement with Ukraine, develop natural gas infrastructure to export resources to Ukraine, and restore a missile defense program in Eastern Europe.

"I think Putin's aggressiveness and act of war against Ukraine is a direct consequence of the absence of U.S. leadership," Cruz said. "For five years, America has receded from leadership in the world, and into that vacuum has stepped in nations like Russia, Iran, and China — and has made the world a much more dangerous place."



Wild Thing's comment...........

Obama is such an embarrassment to our country.


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March 20, 2014

As Ted Cruz Predicted: PUTIN EYES ESTONIA – Signals Concern of Russian Minority


As Ted Cruz Predicted: PUTIN EYES ESTONIA – Signals Concern of Russian Minority

Today Russia signaled concerns of the large Russian minority in Estonia.

Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian.

Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions in another former Soviet republic comes at a highly sensitive moment.

Russia fully supported the protection of the rights of linguistic minorities, a Moscow diplomat told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to a summary of the session issued by the U.N.’s information department.

“Language should not be used to segregate and isolate groups,” the diplomat was reported as saying. Russia was “concerned by steps taken in this regard in Estonia as well as in Ukraine,” the Moscow envoy was said to have added.

Ted Cruz warned about this early yesterday.

Cruz: Reverse Obama’s Disastrous Missile Defense Policies to Keep Putin in Check....for complete statement from Cruz.


Today his sights are set on Ukraine, but if he continues undeterred tomorrow it could be Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, or Poland. Meeting his challenge now with strength, not appeasement, would be the best way to ensure that this does not happen, and that we do not squander our hard-won Cold War victory over the Soviets.



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President Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul and Lech Walesa were instrumental in freeing some 80 million Eastern European people from oppressive Russian tyranny. President George Bush, our troops and British and other coalition troops were instrumental in freeing 30 millions Iraqis from Hussein's tyranny. Obama is set to squander all that freedom in five short years.




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Obama : We Will Not Engage Russia Militarily



Obama told NBC San Diego that The U.S. will not take military action in the Ukraine crisis

"We are not going to be getting into military excursion in Ukraine. What we are going to do is mobilize all of our diplomatic resources to make sure that we’ve got a strong international correlation that sends a clear message"

Here is Barack Obama saying flatly that the United States is not going to engage Russia militarily in Ukraine. Nothing like the deterrent of creating an element of doubt in the minds of your enemies!

Just because you don’t intend to respond to Russia militarily does NOT mean you have to say that for all the world to hear! Obama said, “Might doesn’t make right.” Well, he just gave Vladimir Putin the green light to move into the rest of Ukraine or into other neighbors. Obama has essentially said, “We will do NOTHING of significance to stop you.”



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Might doesn’t make right? What a transparent diabolical non-man.Of course might makes right, depending on whose might it is.Was the might that stopped Hitler wrong? Is the might that stops someone from a crime wrong?

What an idiot - imagine anyone in the position to curtail wrong-doing not using their might. There are bad people in the world....this is what these flakes refuse to see.

I do NOT want to be in more wars especially with Obama as C.I.C.....But to broadcast to the world and to Putin that we will be weak is disgusting to me. Jus like when Obama said he was not looking for Victory in Afghanistan against the Taliban.



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March 19, 2014

Putin: Russia and Ukraine “are One Nation, and Kiev (Capital of Ukraine) is the Mother of Russian Cities”




Vladimir Putin: Russia and Ukraine “are One Nation, and Kiev (Capital of Ukraine) is the Mother of Russian Cities”

Here is Vladimir Putin speaking today and saying Russia and Ukraine “are one nation, and Kiev is the mother of Russian cities.” Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. Putin spoke repeatedly about the need for Russia to protect the interests of the millions of Russians living in Ukraine. He has already set the stage for either a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, or instigating pro-Russian protests that will create a situation he can use as a pretext for taking control of Eastern Ukraine at the least, and probably all of Ukraine.

On Crimea’s supposed 93-95% vote to join with Russia, Putin praised the “will” of the people of Crimea, and said he recognized their desire for “reunification” with the Russia Federation.




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We will see what happens next. Kerry has been doing his thing making threats and then almost in the same breath backing off .



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March 18, 2014

Watter's World: Russians in Brighton Beach - When Putin says something he does it, not like Obama







Watter's World: Russians in Brighton Beach - When Putin says something he does it, not like Obama


Watters headed over to Brighton Beach to see what Russian tought of Czar Putin. Most seems to like him. The lady at 1:22 said that Putin does what he says unlike Obama. Others say Putin is very smart. One person said that Obama needs to stop riding those bikes. All agree that Putin is winning.



Wild Thing's comment.............

LOL some of these people are funny.




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Russia To Place Sanctions On U.S. Senators, Congressmen, WH Officials




Russia Will Sanction U.S. Senators


U.S. senators, congressmen and top Obama administration officials are sure to be on Vladimir Putin’s sanctions list; a response to the Obama Administration’s announcement on Monday that 7 Russian officials and 4 Ukrainian officials would be barred from holding assets or traveling to the United States.

Putin is expected to release his retaliation list as early as Tuesday and while the final list is still being crafted, it will include top Obama administration officials and high profile U.S. senators, in an effort to roughly mirror the U.S. sanctions against Russian officials and lawmakers, according to diplomatic sources. At the top of the list in Congress is Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who recently co-authored a resolution criticizing Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

Durbin’s inclusion on Putin’s list would mirror Obama’s naming of Valentina Matvienko, the head of the upper chamber of the Russian Duma. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are not expected to be on the Russian sanctions list.

Durbin told The Daily Beast in a statement Monday: "My Lithuanian-born mother would be proud her son made Vladimir Putin’s American enemies list."

Sen. John McCain, who traveled to Kiev last weekend to meet with Ukrainian leaders, told The Daily Beast that he expects to be on the list and is happy about it.


“You think I’m not going to be on it?” McCain said. “I would be honored to be on that list.”

McCain said he would not be impacted financially by being subject to a visa ban and asset freeze in the Russian Federation. “I guess I’m going to have to try to withdraw my money from my secret account in St. Petersburg,” he joked



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LOL McCain almost begging to be on the list and Turban Durbin has been banned from Russia.



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March 17, 2014

Russian State TV Says Russia Could Turn America Into “Radioactive Ash”



Russian State TV Says Russia Could Turn America Into “Radioactive Ash”

Moscow (AFP) – A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ash”, in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.

“Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television.

Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.

His programme was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud produced after a nuclear attack, with the words “into radioactive ash”.

“Americans themselves consider Putin to be a stronger leader than Obama,” he added, pointing to opinion polls which then popped up on the screen.

“Why is Obama phoning Putin all the time and talking to him for hours on end?” he asked.


Wild Thing's comment...........

Obama is way too busy selling Obamacare to worry about Radioactive ash. And why would Putin do that? He might interfere with Obama’s destruction of America, which will be far more thorough and long-lasting.


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March 04, 2014

Obama Responds to Putin and Cancels USA's Delegation to Olympic Sochi PARALYMPICS Games



Obama Responds to Putin and Cancels USA's Delegation to Olympic Sochi PARALYMPICS Games


WASHINGTON -- The crisis in Ukraine prompted the White House today to cancel its official delegation to the Paralympic Games in Russia, and the Illinois lawmaker who had planned to lead the delegation issued a statement condemning Russian military actions.

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat who lost both her legs during the Iraq war, expressed support for the U.S. athletes, who will compete in Sochi, Russia, despite the absence of Duckworth and the rest of the presidential delegation.

Her statement said:

"As a member of Congress, it is my first priority to ensure the safety of my constituents and all Americans. I remain appalled by the immoral and illegal actions of the Russian government and believe that there must be consequences for its behavior. The international community must stand together to support the sovereignty of the Ukraine and end the suffering of its people.

"The Paralympic Games are an inspiration to millions of disabled people around the globe and it is tragic that the reckless actions of the Russian government are jeopardizing them. Still, these brave Paralympians have shown tremendous perseverance throughout their entire lives and I know they will make all Americans proud in Sochi."

The Paralympic Games start Friday and run through March 16.





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Remember when Carter pulled our athletes out of the Olympics, I have never forgiven him for doing that.



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February 06, 2014

Olympic Threat: US Warns Airlines About Toothpaste Tube Bomb


Olympic Threat: US Warns Airlines About Toothpaste Tube Bomb


The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to U.S. and some foreign airlines traveling to Russia for the Olympic Games to be on the lookout for toothpaste containers, which some intelligence indicates may actually hold ingredients that could be used to construct a bomb aboard a plane, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The official did not provide further details about the warning or the intelligence that prompted it, but an official with the Department of Homeland Security, while declining to discuss the specific warning, said the department "regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics."

"While we are not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time, this routine communication is an important part of our commitment to making sure we meet that priority," the official said. "As always, our security apparatus includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, and DHS will continue to adjust security measures to fit an ever evolving threat environment."

A federal law enforcement source said the information is largely intended for foreign carriers and the generic threat is not directed at the U.S. homeland. The Russian government has been informed, the source said.

Still, Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee's Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said he has been briefed on the threat and said it should be taken seriously by American travelers, the airlines and officials at the Olympic Games.

"Any type of explosive, concealed explosive, can be extremely damaging," King, R-N.Y., told CNN. "It could be enough to bring down a plane… This is the type of threat that we're very concerned about."

Another federal source familiar with the intelligence said it was also linked to the arrests of two women in France, reported by international media Tuesday. The women, reportedly 23- and 30-years-old, were of Chechen descent.

Security in Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are scheduled to start Friday, has been high for months due to the threat posed to the Games by Islamic militants in the region. Last month Russian authorities announced no liquids would be allowed on planes to Sochi.

Sochi lies on the Black Sea, just 300 miles away from the heartland of an Islamic militancy in the North Caucasus. Doku Umarov, the leader of the insurgents known to some as Russia's Osama bin Laden, told his followers last summer they should do what they can to disrupt the Games, which he called a "satanic dance" on the bones of their ancestors.

In the past three months, Russia has suffered three suicide bombings in southern cities attributed to the militants. In January the U.S. State Department urged its citizens traveling to Sochi to be "vigilant and exercise good judgment" during the Games because of the terror threat.

In the U.S., the Transportation Security Administration allows small containers of toothpaste, 3.4 ounces or less, in travelers' checked luggage.




Wild Thing's comment............

I feel so badly for our athletes. The conditions there are so horrible and then add this warning to all the other things it so all so horrid. Prayers they will be safe.



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January 14, 2014

Kerry Gives Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Idaho Potatoes Before Talks in Paris



Kerry Gives Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov Idaho Potatoes Before Talks in Paris

US Secretary of State John Kerry has presented his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov with two Idaho potatoes as a gift during a meeting in Paris

Mr Kerry said that Mr Lavrov had mentioned Idaho state's most famous export the last time the pair met.

The Russian foreign minister seemed to appreciate the gift, commenting that they were "impressive."

The two men are in France to negotiate details of a peace conference on Syria scheduled for 22 January



Wild Thing's comment...........

Are the potatoes bugged??? heh heh




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December 31, 2013

Wow! Obama Admin Calls Jihadists Who Attacked Russia “Folks Who Want To Cause Mischief”



Obama Admin Calls Jihadists Who Attacked Russia “Folks Who Want To Cause Mischief"


The Obama administration offered to work on Sochi Olympics security issues with Russia after a pair of bombings in Volgograd killed at least 31 people.

President Vladimir Putin gave instructions to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee “to step up security measures across all of Russia and specifically in Volgograd region,” the Kremlin said Monday. “The president will receive daily reports from the NAC on the measures being taken along with regular situation reports.” [...]

Over at the State Department, spokeswoman Marie Harf acknowledged the security issues highlighted by the bombings but still strove to argue that Sochi, 600 miles southwest of Volgograd but a hundred miles closer to Chechnya, is likely safe enough for the Olympic Games in six weeks.

“In terms of security for Sochi, U.S. citizens planning to attend should remain alert regarding their personal security at all times. I think our security experts have said that criminal activity in Sochi is similar to other cities of comparable size. Obviously, major events such as the Olympic games are an opportunity for thieves or for other folks who want to cause mischief,” Harf said.




Wild Thing's comment...........

This is typical of Obama and his people. Remember when Obama and his people said it was work place violence when the attack happened on one of our military bases.



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August 30, 2013

Putin Orders Massive Strike Against Saudi Arabia If West Attacks Syria



Putin Orders Massive Strike Against Saudi Arabia If West Attacks Syria


The European Union Times


A grim “urgent action memorandum” issued today from the office of President Putin to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is ordering a “massive military strike” against Saudi Arabia in the event that the West attacks Syria.

According to Kremlin sources familiar with this extraordinary “war order,” Putin became “enraged” after his early August meeting with Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan who warned that if Russia did not accept the defeat of Syria, Saudi Arabia would unleash Chechen terrorists under their control to cause mass death and chaos during the Winter Olympics scheduled to be held 7-23 February 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Lebanese newspaper As-Safir confirmed this amazing threat against Russia saying that Prince Bandar pledged to safeguard Russia’s naval base in Syria if the Assad regime is toppled, but he also hinted at Chechen terrorist attacks on Russia’s Winter Olympics in Sochi if there is no accord by stating: “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on an off. “These groups do not scare us. We use them in the face of the Syrian regime but they will have no role in Syria’s political future.”

London’s The Telegraph News Service further reported today that Saudi Arabia has secretly offered Russia a sweeping deal to control the global oil market and safeguard Russia’s gas contracts, if the Kremlin backs away from the Assad regime in Syria, an offer Putin replied to by saying “Our stance on Assad will never change. We believe that the Syrian regime is the best speaker on behalf of the Syrian people, and not those liver eaters” [Putin said referring to footage showing a Jihadist rebel eating the heart and liver of a Syrian soldier, and which Prince Bandar in turn warned that there can be “no escape from the military option” if Russia declines the olive branch.



Wild Thing's comment...............

All of this, Obama, Russia etc. could end up being something that will effect the entire world for a long time.



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July 05, 2013

Russian President Putin Signs Law Banning Gay Adoptions


Russian President Putin Signs Law Banning Gay Adoptions


- Kremlin statement said the measure is intended to guarantee children a "harmonious" upbringing

- Law prohibits adoption by same-sex foreign couples whose homeland recognizes their union as marriage


Moscow-Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Wednesday banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples, as part of an increasingly conservative agenda the Kremlin is pursuing since his return to power.
Earlier this week Putin signed another law banning gay "propaganda," which human rights groups say has fuelled hate crimes against homosexuals.

Putin, who has embraced the Russian Orthodox Church as a moral authority and harnessed its influence as a source of political support, has championed socially conservative values since starting a new, six-year term in May 2012.

The latest law aims to protect children from "dictated non-traditional sexual behavior" and rid them of "distresses of soul and stresses, which according to psychologists' research, are often experienced by children raised by same-sex parents," according to a fact sheet on the Kremlin's website.




Wild Thing's comment.................


I am not sure, but perhaps there has been a lot of gay couples here in the US that have adopted from Russia in the past. Just guessing of course



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February 15, 2013

A meteor strike over a Russian city has blown out windows and has injured many, various reports indicate



From Russia Today........A series of explosions in the skies of Russia's Urals region, reportedly caused by a meteor shower, has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones stopped working.


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A meteor strike over a Russian city has blown out windows and has injured many, various reports indicate.

MOSCOW (AP) — Fragments of at least one meteorite fell in the Chelyabinsk region some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) east of Moscow, causing flashes in the morning sky and sharp explosions, Russian officials said Friday.

The office of the governor of the region in the Ural Mountains said in a statement that many calls about injuries and damage to buildings had been received. But there were no immediate confirmed figures or specific reports on damage.

Reports conflicted on the event: A spokeswoman for Russia's Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.

The ministry said some fragments fell near the town of Satka, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) from the regional capital city of Chelyabinsk.


From the NY Times


MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass.

Fragments of the meteor fell in a thinly populated area of the Chelyabinsk region, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement.

Interior Ministry spokesman Vadim Kolesnikov said 102 people had called for medical assistance following the incident, mostly for treatment of injuries from glass broken by the explosions.

Kolsenikov also said about 600 square meters (6000 square feet) of a roof at a zinc factory had collapsed.

Reports conflicted on what exactly happened in the clear skies. A spokeswoman for the Emergency Ministry, Irina Rossius, told The Associated Press that there was a meteor shower, but another ministry spokeswoman, Elena Smirnikh, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying it was a single meteorite.

Amateur video broadcast on Russian television showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time (0320 GMT), leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.



Wild Thing's comment..................


Check this video out below it is about asteroids...............at the end of the video it says..they feel their work is necessary to protect all of us. I was just curious what they would do to stop one if it was aiming like they say at NY or other heavy populated areas.



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January 21, 2012

Obama Will Give Missile Tech To Russia Despite Law



If you’re concerned, then you might want to watch this video produced by Dick Morris. I think Dick sums it up best when he says that this president

“has defined the opinion of both houses of Congress, both political parties, in pursuit of some phantom agenda of getting the Russians to like us a little bit more…. I think we will beat this guy in November, but we may not have a country by then”.




Obama Will Give Missile Tech To Russia Despite Law

It appears that Barack Obama has again ignored the rule of law by signing a defense appropriations bill that prohibits him sharing vital United States leading-edge strategic US missile technology with Russia, yet he has told both houses of Congress that he plans to share the US missile technology anyway. Why is this important? Because it goes light-years beyond partisan politics and into an area where our national defense will be put at unreasonable risk. It is believed that the Russians will pass this technology onto China, Iran and North Korea.

I find it bitterly ironic that this president pushes an agenda of excessive government regulation and oversight under the guise of consumer safety. Virtually everything in our homes, offices and automobiles is regulated to some extent by federal bureaucracy. Yet at the same time, he’s subjecting tens of millions of American lives to unreasonable risk by unilaterally giving away our deepest US missile technology to nations hostile to American interests.

So here’s the bottom line. There are those of us who would vote for a Republican candidate because we do not believe in the agenda of this administration. Then there are those of us who would vote again for Barack Obama under the belief that he will take care of us financially by redistributing wealth so that everyone can be more or less equal regardless of skills, talent or work ethic. There’s just one problem. If you take away the United States military’s ability to protect this great nation from a nuclear missile launched from North Korea or even someday Iran, then the concept of federal cradle-to-grave protection and enablement probably loses most of its meaning, doesn’t it?

We have a President of the United States who believes he’s more of a king than a servant of the people. And letting one man, regardless of who he is, make decisions and dictate unilaterally to the other 300 million of us is not only unsettling and frustrating, it’s extremely dangerous. The framers of the Constitution knew that all too well. Unfortunately, too many Americans have little understanding of the timeless principles that founded this country.

And if you don’t understand the value of what you have, history has shown that you are sure to lose it.



Wild Thing's comment......

It is unthinkable any President would make such a deal with Russia. But this one will. Remeber how Bill Clinton passed on some of our technology to China in return for campaign contributions? I wonder if this might be part of why Obama is doing this as well.....who knows.


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November 25, 2011

Russian Newscaster Fired for Flipping Obama the Bird in Live Broadcast



PHOTO ONLY..... there seems to be copyright issues that YouTUbe has now with thie Russian Newscast if anyone has the ACTUAL VIDEO. So this photo is all we can show, but you all saw the video the other day so it is ok ~ Wild Thing



Russian Newscaster Fired for Flipping Obama the Bird in Live Broadcast

FOX News

MOSCOW – A Russian TV network said Thursday it fired a popular newscaster who appeared to give U.S. President Barack Obama the middle finger after reading his name during a live broadcast.

In footage from Nov. 14 that has become an Internet hit, award-winning senior newsreader Tatyana Limanova can be seen reading an item about Russian president Dmitry Medvedev assuming the chairmanship of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Obama hosted the APEC annual summit in Hawaii less than two weeks ago.

Limanova then said the post "has previously been held by Barack Obama," before raising her left arm and displaying her raised middle finger.

REN TV, the largest private network in Russia, said Limanova was in fact gesturing to her camera crew and had no idea at the time that she was still live on air, AFP reported.


"REN TV management considers this a gross violation of on-air discipline and unprofessionalism," the station said in a statement.



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Wild Thing's comment.......


I wanted to let you know the lastest about this newscaster.


I know there might have been a question if this was real or not. It seems it really is real. LOL And now the newscaster is in trouble. I say give her an award. heh heh

She’s welcome over here where we ALL would like to flip Barack Obama the bird!!! heh heh


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November 22, 2011

LOL....Russian News Anchor “Flips the Bird” at Obama (Video)




Russian News Anchor “Flips the Bird” at Obama

News reporter Tatiana Limanova gives the middle finger during a live news broadcast by REN TV.




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Wild Thing's comment......

LMAO gosh it feels good to see someone do this to Obama. hahaha



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June 20, 2011

Russia's Medvedev Says Wants To See Obama Re-elected



Medvedev says wants to see Obama re-elected


Breitbart


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday he wanted his US counterpart Barack Obama to win re-election next year, fearing that the two men’s efforts to improve ties may lose steam under a new administration.

“I can tell you directly — I would like Barack Obama to be re-elected president of the United States maybe more than someone else,” Medvedev said in an interview with the Financial Times whose full transcript was released by the Kremlin early Monday.

“If another person becomes US president then he may have another course,” he said.

“We understand that there are representatives of a rather conservative wing there who are trying to achieve their political goals at the expense of inflaming passions in relation to Russia, among other things.

“But what use is criticising them? This is simply a way of achieving political goals.”



Wild Thing's comment.......

Of course he would, the longer Obama’s president the weaker the United States will be!!


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December 23, 2010

Obama Gets Senate Approval of START Nuclear Arms Pact With Russia




Obama secured another major legislative victory Wednesday with the Senate ratification of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

Vice President Biden presided over the Senate's 71-26 vote with Secretary Hillary Clinton in attendance.


Then Obama celebrated a “world without nuclear weapons” today after the signing of the START Treaty with Russia.
So far he has not been able to persuade Iran, Syria and North Korea to join him in making this a reality.

“This treaty will enhance our leadership to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and seek the peace of a world without them.”



Wild Thing's comment.........

Amazing how much damage these weasels can do in a short amount of time. The “public servants” don’t pay much attention to Americans anymore. They’ve ALL got their own agenda and America is their target.

The Republican senators who voted in favor of moving ahead with the treaty Tuesday were :


Alexander (TN)
Bennett (UT) - retiring
Brown (MA)
Cochran (MS)
Collins (ME)
Gregg (NH) - retiring
Isakson (GA)
Johanns (NE)
Lugar (IN)
Murkowski (AK)
Snowe (ME)
Voinovich (OH) - retiring

Bravo to the Republican Senators who refused to sign on to this flawed treaty. Not a single Democrat voted no.

All also voted in favor of ratification Wednesday, as did Gregg. In addition, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) voted for the treaty, pushing the total yes votes to 71.

The final numbers on the roll call vote ratifying the treaty.

These people have no regard for American Safety and are typical “go-along-to get-along” republicans and should be voted out of office as soon as possible. Every RINO that voted for this and DADT repeal must be fired in 2012


Obama IS all enemies foreign and domestic !


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December 13, 2010

Vladimir Putin Found His Thrill on Chechnyan...No....On Blueberry Hill



Vlad Putin is now entertaining Russian diners singing Fats Domino. Vlad Putin Found His Thrill on Blueberry Hill.

Who dares gives an honest critique of the new Tzar. The most honest critique gets awarded a Polonium Tequila.




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Here is the antidote.



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Vladimir Putin sang at a charity fundraiser.

The reception at an ice stadium in St. Petersburg was dedicated to fighting children's cancer.


International celebrities including Kevin Costner, Gerard Depardieu, Mickey Rourke, Sharon Stone, Kurt Russell, Vincent Cassel, Monica Belucci, Ornella Muti, Goldie Hawn and many others attended the benefit concert. Many of the stars are actively involved in charity work which draws needed attention to children's oncological and ophthalmological diseases.

When the hostess approached Putin's table and asked him to sing for the audience, his immediate reaction was "are you kidding me?"

But the hostess was determined to get the prime minister on the mic and reminded him about the songs he sang with the Russian sleeper agents extradited from the US last summer.


Putin attempted to evade the proposal by saying that the singing she was referring to had come from the heart.


However, after seeing the pictures of ill children shown to the audience on the big screen, he took to the stage.


"Like the majority of people I cannot -- but do like to sing and to play -- so you'll have to rough it," he warned as he sat at the piano and played the beginning of Blueberry Hill.

The tune was immediately caught by Maceo Parker's jazz band. The prime minister then took the mic and sang it in English himself. Putin returned to the piano to sing in Russian "From What the Homeland Starts" -- the song he sang with the exposed Russian agents.




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Wild Thing's comment........

And now Obama will respond with his rendition of the islamic call to prayer.


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August 04, 2010

The Left Pushes START with Blinders On



The Left Pushes START with Blinders On


The Heritage Foundation

By Bethany Murphy


As he did with Obamacare, the President is aiming to pass his most important foreign policy goal, the New START treaty with Russia, at any cost necessary. In this case, the cost of passage is the security of the American people and the sovereignty of the American government.

In April, President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the treaty, which now requires Senate ratification. To pass, the treaty needs support from a two-thirds majority. And The Heritage Foundation has fought from the beginning of the debate to ensure lawmakers have the facts about how bad New START really is.

Congressional conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) have come out strongly against the treaty, stating that it is a throw-back to Cold War-era foreign policy, where America's only enemy was the Soviet government. The treaty requires that America reduce its nuclear deterrent, without any verification that the Russians are keeping up their end of the bargain.

In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Examiner, Heritage's James Carafano, a leading foreign policy expert, notes:

A deliberately self-weakened United States will exert little influence on the nuclear inventories and programs of other nations...Rather, potential competitors will feel emboldened. They'll step up their programs. Allies will feel increasingly insecure and take matters more into their own hands.


Obama has told Senate conservatives that the new treaty will not weaken the American strategic position, and has promised increased funding ($100 billion over the next 10 years) for strategic systems. But we've seen a number of promises go stale under the President's watch. And Senators should remember that as they contemplate signing away our national security.


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Stop the New START

Townhall.com


By Ed Feulner
(Dr. Edwin Feulner is president of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner)

The first major problem with the treaty: It would definitely reduce the number of American weapons, but it wouldn’t necessarily trim the number of Russian ones.

That’s not how the administration sees things, of course. It claims that the new pact would reduce the number of strategic warheads each country could deploy by 30 percent. And yes, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, New START would set a limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads, fewer than the 1,700–2,200 allowed under the existing Moscow Treaty.

But there are loopholes large enough to fire an ICBM through.

“If Russia exploits the legal lapses in New START, there is no actual limit in the new treaty on the number of strategic nuclear warheads that can be deployed,” writes the New START Working Group in a recent paper for The Heritage Foundation. “The number of Russia’s strategic nuclear warheads would be limited only by the financial resources it is able to devote to strategic forces, not by New START warhead ceilings -- which would be the case without this new Treaty.”

And the Russians are making no secret of the fact that they won’t cut their forces.

After the pact was signed, Gen. Nikolay Makarov, chief of the Russian General Staff, insisted, “The Strategic Rocket Forces will not be reduced. The Forces will be armed with modern mobile missile launchers.”

Furthermore, under New START, U.S. conventional warheads would be counted toward the treaty’s warhead and launcher limits, but tactical nuclear weapons wouldn’t be counted. That’s a problem, because Russia enjoys a 10-to-1 numeric advantage over the United States in such weapons, according to the 2009 report of the bipartisan Congressional Strategic Posture Commission. So the U.S. could find itself facing an actual nuclear-missile gap.

But we’ll still have something the Russians won’t, right? A tested, effective and expanding missile-defense system? Well, not quite.

As the Working Group explains, “New START contains many provisions relating to missile defense (including legal prohibitions) and could set the stage for further limitations without the advice and consent of the Senate.” That’s certainly how the Russians see things.

Gen. Yevgeniy Buzinskiy says that Russia wouldn’t hesitate to withdraw from the new treaty if the U.S. tries to expand our European missile defenses. “The sides agreed that the present strategic defensive arms are not undermining the viability and effectiveness of their strategic offensives forces. This makes it possible for us, in case the Americans increase their strategic ABM system, to claim that they are not observing [the terms] of the treaty.”

To get the Russians to sign this START, the Obama administration scrapped plans to build missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic, sites that the Bush administration had negotiated long and hard to establish. So it’s safe to assume that we won’t be installing any new defensive positions, out of fear that doing so would cause the Russians to pull out of the treaty.

International agreements can help maintain peaceful relations between nations. But there’s no question that maintaining a strong and capable American military is the best way to keep the peace.

New START would take us several steps in the wrong direction. It would make America more vulnerable, not less. When asked to ratify the treaty, Senators should recognize it for what it is -- a non-starter.


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Wild Thing's comment.......


There seems to be no end to the treason committed by Obama and his cronies.

This from Big Government blog:

"Senator John Kerry said on Bloomberg TV that Republicans may not be given access to the negotiating agreement, but may be tossed a promise for modernization. Kerry said of the negotiating record “on the negotiating record. And they want assurances with respect to the modernization program on nuclear weapons. They ought to have that and we are willing – you know, I am going to try and get two out of three of those and the third is really up to the administration. The question on the negotiating record is the administration’s decision.” This seems to indicate that Senate Republicans will not be given the negotiating record. This is circumstantial evidence that they have something to hide."


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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July 26, 2010

Vlad Putin Rides His Harley Into Biker Rally







Vlad Putin roared into a biker rally in Ukraine on Saturday riding a Harley Davidson.


FOX News

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has lept on a Harley Davidson and roared into an international biker convention in southern Ukraine.

Around 5,000 bikers from Europe and beyond gathered in Sevastopol for the annual festival Saturday on Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

Putin, in Ukraine for talks with the country’s new Russia-friendly leadership, had his black shirt sleeves rolled up as he motored toward a stage along a dusty road on the three-wheeled bike. In sunglasses, black jeans and black fingerless gloves.




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Wild Thing's comment........

KGB bikers! Who knew!

Let's compare it to Obama on a bicycle with a flat tire. Remember when Obama lectured us about checking the air in our tires to help with global warming. hahaha

Not to be outdone, obama is going on a ride too:



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June 15, 2010

Russian Army Members Trample and Burn United States Flag





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Wild Thing's comment........


They say in the video.... "Russia is back! " Well lilsten up Vodka breath, America NEVER LEFT!


Right now we have a freaking enemy right INSIDE the White House! And he's helping our enemies.

I am sick to death of my home being the kicking boy for the world. I for one want to be strong, have the most powerful weapons, and military....the whole thing. If they are going to do this kind of thing like in the video, let them know we can and will stomp them out in the time of a 30 second commercial if we feel like it. We can show all the compassion we need to when other countries need our help, but I want them to fear us, because their being grateful for our help only has caused jealousy and resentment.

This is the America I want the world to know exists! A shining city on the hill with weapons at the ready aimed at any and all that would attack our land. A country that has leadership that respects and appreciates our Constitution and what our Founding Fathers wanted for this great Nation.

If the Code Pink's, Obama's, Progressives etc. of our country want their change so much then get out NOW and go live in your land of OZ-communism where it already is in play. You mess with the USA you get tried for TREASON and KILLED and that begins with anyone in office at any level. TREASON will NOT be tolerated!




......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.


RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company

13th Combat Aviation Battalion - 1st Aviation Brigade - Soc Trang, Republic of Vietnam


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June 13, 2010

How Russians Handle Somali Pirates






Translation from website of video ( Russian to English)


This videotape shows Russian Navy commandos on a Somalian pirate ship shortly after the pirates had captured a Russian oil tanker......

The commandos sunk the pirate ship along with the pirates and without any court proceedings, lawyers etc. That is, they used the anti-piracy laws of the 18th and 19th centuries where the captain of the rescuing ship has the right to decide what to do with the pirates. Usually, they were hung....."



Wild Thing's comment........

The Russian Navy does what US Navy could, but is not allowed to do!

During the 80’s when Lebanon was in turmoil, the muzzies captured two Russians and held them. the Ruskies sent in a team, killed all those who held the captives, then went around and killed their families. Result: No more Russians taken hostage!

Russia is preserving freedom of the seas. Obama is trying to socialize freedom of the seas. Then Obama also goes against Israel for trying to protect itself.



....Thank you Tom for sending this to me.



Tom
US Army Aviation
Vietnam 1966-68
US Army Special Forces
1970-72


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April 09, 2010

START and Beyond: Obama Abandons US Power



Oh, look, it’s the vicious, unprincipled, Communist dictator of an enslaved nation ... and the President of Russia........~ Wild Thing


START and Beyond: Obama Abandons US Power

The Foundry The Heritage Foundation


The New START Treaty that Presidents Obama and Medvedev are going to sign tomorrow in Prague sets the stage for the big show, the April 12-13 non-proliferation summit in Washington.

Both events are deeply flawed. Both are theater productions for Obama to push through his unrealistic agenda of “getting to zero”, i.e. attempting to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.

The New START is a déjà vu: in the 1980s, the Soviets threatened to withdraw from existing arms control treaties if US deployed missile defense. Now they are doing it again. Foreign Minister Lavrov is putting caveats on the New START. Lavrov clearly stated that the Kremlin reserves the right to withdraw from the Treaty if they deem missile defense deployment in Romania threatening.

Why should the US Senate ratify a “conditional” Treaty? If the Treaty is ratified, the US under Obama will not withdraw from it “only” if the Russians do, thus US would be committing to unilateral Treaty compliance, which may be against its national security interests.
Moreover, the new Nuclear Posture Review announces that the US will not develop new nuclear weapons. But Russia is doing so, and so are China, India, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea.

Will they stop only because Obama promised not to modernize? Hardly.

And what about missile defense? If the US deploys a more robust missile shield in Europe, as noted above, per Lavrov, Russia may abandon the New START. Experts say that Obama will be unlikely to upgrade missile defenses.

Is keeping the Russians in the New START a good enough reason not to do what is necessary to protect our NATO allies?

Beyond START, the Obama policy has more than a whiff of unreality. It is ambition enveloped in naïveté, wrapped in inexperience.

On April 12, over 40 heads of state will be extras in the Getting to Zero show, featuring Mr. Obama himself. However, the “getting to zero” nuclear policy naively and dangerously ignores the real nature of the world in which we live: Russian and Chinese nuclear modernizations, Iranian and North Korean atomic ambition, Pakistan’s instability, and the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Those who can’t deter, can be attacked.

The strategically flawed Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is only one Lego block in Obama’s non-proliferation agenda. In the future, his Administration will attempt to join the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and limit defense deployments in outer space, giving up a clear US technological edge.

The START and NPR make US allies worry. Offending US allies from Poland to Britain; from Canada to Azerbaijan to Israel; and placating Moscow, Beijing and Teheran, is a dangerous policy which will take years to set straight.

Voluntary abandonment of US power, nuclear and otherwise, may come back to haunt the US – and should not be allowed.




Wild Thing's comment........

Russia has already said they won’t be bound by it.

I bet Vlad is personally repulsed by 0bama. He knows 0bama is a traitor and no one respects a traitor, so he sends Medvedev .


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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April 03, 2010

Obama's Bolshevik Dreams





Russian President Vlad Putin warned the US about socialism last year:

“We must not revert to isolationism and unrestrained economic egotism… Excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence is another possible mistake. True, the state’s increased role in times of crisis is a natural reaction to market setbacks. Instead of streamlining market mechanisms, some are tempted to expand state economic intervention to the greatest possible extent… In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”

Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin
Opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
January 28, 2009


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Russian News Service RIA Novosti still thinks America is transforming into a Soviet style economy

Big Government


U.S. President Barack Obama has finally brought America closer to European universal healthcare systems. It took him almost a year to persuade Congress to approve his healthcare reform. The House approved it by a majority of only seven votes (219 to 212) on March 21. The amended bill will be submitted to the Senate but this will be a sheer formality, since the Senate is dominated by Democrats and the endorsement procedure has already been agreed upon.

The 44th U.S. president could sign the bill this week. He will then go down in history not only as the first black president, but also as the first “red” president: Obama’s Republican opponents maintain that the bill is too socialist.
The European genes implanted into the American medical insurance system will not make it similar to that of Britain, Sweden or even neighboring Canada. Even Obama could not dare to be so radically socialist. However, his reform is truly historic, albeit only for America.
Europeans may mock it as pathetic since they adopted medical insurance systems decades ago. Russia also has such a system. Indicatively, one of the most vicious opponents of Obama’s reform, Republican Devin Nunes, accused the bill of continuing the failed Soviet experiment. He was overly emotional but there is a grain of truth in what he said.

“Republican Devin Nunes accused the bill of continuing the failed Soviet experiment. He was overly emotional but there is a grain of truth in what he said… Apparently, the socialist experience has proved too tempting to be resisted.” (RIANOVOSTI News, March 22, 2010)


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Wild Thing's comment........

Obama IS a communist but he's moving right past that formality called the US Constitution and pushing straight on to dictatorship. Obama's agenda will not work. Not in America. Not anywhere. It can't.

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened." - Norman Thomas. Socialist Party presidential candidate in 1940,1944,1948.


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March 31, 2010

Hey Obama THIS Is How You Talk To Terrorists!




Putin talks tough after Moscow subway bombings


MOSCOW

The old Vladimir Putin is back, confronting a terrorist attack in Moscow by using the same kind of coarse and colorful language that helped him win the presidency a decade ago.

A day after twin suicide bombings in the subway that killed 39 people, the powerful prime minister told Russians that he is certain the masterminds of the attacks would be found. The security services have blamed extremists from the North Caucasus, a predominantly Muslim region in southern Russia that includes Chechnya.

"We know they are lying low, but it is already a matter of pride for the law enforcement agencies to drag them out of the sewer and into broad daylight," Putin said, directing a transportation security meeting that was shown on Russian television Tuesday.

The choice of the gutter language recalled Putin's famous threat to "wipe out the Chechen rebels in the outhouse" after they were blamed for a series of apartment building bombings that terrorized Moscow in 1999.

Putin, as prime minister at the time, sent in overwhelming military force to pound the region into submission and was elected president the following year.

Now in his second stint as prime minister after serving two full terms as president, Putin has an excuse to revert to the tough line that shored up his authority following past terrorist attacks. While welcomed by many Russians, it also is raising fears that civil liberties may be further sacrificed under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Capitalizing on the outrage, members of the Kremlin-loyal parliament proposed bringing back the death penalty for terrorism. Russia has imposed a moratorium on capital punishment, but has been reluctant to outlaw it due to broad public support for the death penalty.

Monday's subway bombings, carried out by two women, are the first terrorist attacks in Moscow in six years. They have shaken a city that has been insulated from the violence still raging in the restive southern corner of the country.

Russia observed a day of mourning Tuesday, with flags at half-staff at the Kremlin and across the vast country. Relatives identified the dead at a Moscow morgue, and tearful commuters placed candles at makeshift memorials heaped with carnations inside the two stricken subway stations in the city center.

Heightened transportation security remained in effect across the capital and elsewhere. Police with machine guns and dogs patrolled subway entrances.

The attacks signaled to Russians that they are no safer than they were before Putin came to power.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but many speculated that they were retaliation for the recent killings of Islamic militant leaders in the North Caucasus, including one known for training suicide bombers.

Putin used a string of terrorist attacks in 2004 to consolidate his power further. He abolished gubernatorial elections, effectively giving the Kremlin the power to appoint governors, and pushed his liberal critics out of parliament. Since then the political opposition has been fully marginalized.

Many opposition leaders and rights activists said they feared the subway bombings would be a convenient excuse for the government to put increased pressure on the opposition, perhaps by cracking down even harder on street protests.

"Our government loves to use such events to act as they want," Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a veteran human rights activist, wrote in her blog. "So this is an excellent opportunity to further limit our constitutional freedoms, pretending they care about our security."
Lidia Yusupova, a Chechen rights activist, was more alarmist.
"The system will have its hands untied completely," she told The Associated Press. "There will be a crackdown on all walks of life. We have no rights now, but we will have even fewer soon."


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Wild Thing's comment........

Wow, for a little bit there I had forgotten what it was like to see a leader actually care about defending it’s people. Putin sucks in so many ways, but he doesn’t in so many ways too. Vlad IS dumb like a fox, but never underestimate the stupidity of 12th century Muslims, they'll deliver every time. Russians know how to deal with terrorists. Obama's . government only wants to 'deal with" Tea Partiers.


I miss George W. Bush. Obama’s first words would have been “Let’s not jump to any conclusions here...”


Obama would rather sit down and have a beer with the terrorists then to come down hard on them in any way. He is so weak when it comes to our enemies because HE is one of them.....he terrorizes our country in his BIG government take over and not listening to we the people. He forces things on us we do NOT want. In a sense we have a terrorist of sorts in power and we have got to make sure people wake up so he gets voted out or better yet, IMPEACHED. He is similar to Hugo Chaves and if there is a difference it would be that Chavez and Castro and other dictators have never apologized for their countries. But Obama sure as heck has and continues to.

Hard on terrorists??? Nah, Obama is only hard on our troops with the dangerous R.O.E. he has ordered.


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....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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March 29, 2010

Moscow Subway Hit With 2 Explosions Update 41 Killed


Russia Today video above


MOSCOW – Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow's subway system as it was jam-packed with rush-hour passengers Monday.

The Moscow subway system is one of the world's busiest, carrying around 7 million passengers on an average workday, and is a key element in running the sprawling and traffic-choked city.

The blasts practically paralyzed movement in the city center as emergency vehicles sped to the stations. Helicopters hovered over the Park Kultury station area, which is near the renowned Gorky Park.

Passengers, many of them in tears, streamed out of the station, one man exclaiming over and over "This is how we live!"



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CNN

Moscow Explosions rocked a pair of central Moscow subway stations during morning rush hour Monday, killing at least 37 people and wounding 10 others, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The first blast occurred about 8 a.m. at Lubyanka subway station. That explosion killed 14 people aboard the train and 11 on the platform.

The Lubyanka station is near the Kremlin and the nation's intelligence service, the Federal Security Bureau.

Another blast happened about 30 minutes later at Park Kultury station, on the same train line. The Emergency Situations Ministry reported 12 dead in the second explosion. Russian TV said the blast killed 15 people.

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UPDATE:

Fox News: At least 41 people were killed in two explosions that hit the Moscow metro during rush hour Monday, local news agencies reported.

“41 DEAD IN MOSCOW SUBWAY DOUBLE BLAST - TERRORISM PROBE BEGUN

Source

SNIPPET: “At least 41 people have been killed and scores more injured as two explosions ripped through the Moscow metro at the height of rush hour this morning.

The first blast at the Lubyanka station in central Moscow happened at 0756 (0356 GMT) as thousands of passengers were packed onto trains.

The headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is located just above the station.

“The blast hit the second carriage of a metro train that stopped at Lubyanka,” Russian emergencies ministry spokeswoman Irina Andrianova said.

Russian prosecutors said they had launched a “terrorism probe” after the two blasts.”

TV visuals of the blast sites showed bodies lying all over the place.
In the first blast, fourteen of the killed were in the train and the others were on the platform. The station is located next to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters.



Wild Thing's comment.......

At one of the Russian news releases it stated this:
The blasts that hit the central Moscow metro system on Monday morning were the equivalent of two kg of TNT each, Moscow prosecutor Yuri Semin said.


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March 27, 2010

Obama Orders US Troops to March in Red Square




Powerline

Last week the British Embassy announced that British, French and American troops would march with Russian soldiers on Red Square to mark the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. The Brits said in a statement that the parade may mark the first time British troops have marched in Red Square.


The AP helpfully explains that Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday. It adds that the Kremlin plans a larger parade than usual this year, with good reason. The Kremlin will be celebrating the addition of the British, French and American troops.

US, British, French troops to march on Red Square

MOSCOW — The British Embassy says British, French and U.S. troops will march with Russian soldiers on Red Square to mark the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany.
It said in a statement Thursday that the May 9 parade will include a Royal Air Force band and a detachment of Welsh Guards.
The statement said the parade may mark the first time British troops have marched in Red Square.
The U.S. Embassy confirmed that U.S. soldiers will take part in the parade.
Victory Day is Russia's most important secular holiday. The Kremlin plans a larger parade than usual this year.


The timing is particularly bad in that, for the first time in many years, the City of Moscow is planning on putting up posters of Stalin as part of its Victory Day celebration. So Obama will be able to honor not only the would-be dictator Putin, but the real thing.




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US Servicemen To Take Part in Russia's Largest Victory Parade Ever

english.pravda.ru

US servicemen will participate in the Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9, Alexander Vershbow, assistant defense secretary for international security affairs said. The Americans will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Victory in WWII, the official said.
Vladimir Kozhin, an official spokesman for the administration of the Russian president, confirmed that Moscow had invited France, Britain and the United States for the parade. The French were the first to agree. They now decide soldiers of which troops will march in the heart of Moscow on May 9.
If all is arranged as planned, it will be the first time when foreign military men will step on Red Square pavestones as participants of the parade. Russia invited only military attaches of foreign embassies for victory parades before.
“The parade in 2010 is a special one. It will be the largest parade that has ever been held in Moscow during the post-Soviet years. We plan to use 130 planes and helicopters, as well as military hardware from private collections in the parade,” a spokesman for Russia’s Defense Ministry said


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Wild Thing's comment......

I don't like this idea one bit . Russia is not Communist anymore because of Ronald Reagans tough stance against the USSR which led to their downfall. Also Stalins image will be plastered all over Moscow for the Victory Celebrations for our troops to march by. Let it be noted that Stalin killed more Jews than Hitler did and also Stalin provided Migs to the Communist North Koreans to engage our American troops in the Korean War.

US troops in Red Square and a communist in the White House. sheesh We should not march in Moscow because of the enslavement of Eastern Europe.


Obama’s Red Mentor Praised Red Army

Barack Obama’s childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the Moscow-controlled Communist Party USA (CPUSA), wrote a poem dedicated to the Soviet Red Army. “Smash on, victory-eating Red Army,” he declared. He also wrote poems attacking traditional Christianity and the work of Christian missionaries.

The “Red Army” poem goes beyond hoping for the communists to beat the Nazis in World War II and hails the Soviet revolution. It says:

Show the marveling multitudes
Americans, British, all your allied brothers
How strong you are
How great you are
How your young tree of new unity
Planted twenty-five years ago
Bears today the golden fruit of victory!

One Davis poem, “Christ is a Dixie Nigger,” dismisses Christ as “another New White Hope” and declares:

“Remember this, you wise guys
Your tales about Jesus of Nazareth are no-go with me
I’ve got a dozen Christs in Dixie all bloody and black…”

The revelations about Davis’ poetry will add to the controversy over what kind of role Davis played in shaping Obama’s political views. Davis (1905-1987) seems to have had the same kind of anti-American outlook that animated Obama’s longtime pastor, Jeremiah Wright. In fact, Davis was pro-Soviet, not just anti-American.

The controversial poems are included in the book, Black Moods, a collection edited by John Edgar Tidwell, a professor at the University of Kansas and expert on Davis’ writings and career. He confirms that Davis joined the Communist Party but that he publicly tried to deny his communist affiliations.



......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.



RAC has a website that is awesome. 336th Assault Helicopter Company


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March 06, 2010

Obama's CZAR John Holdren During Cold War: Smack in the USSR




U.S. czar in Cold War: Smack in the USSR

Obama chief part of group whose founders allegedly helped Soviets build atomic bomb


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John Holdren, President Obama's "science" czar, visited the Soviet Union during the Cold War as vice chairman of a group whose founder was accused of providing vital nuclear information that helped the Soviets build an atom bomb.

The original leaders of the group, the Federation of American Scientists, also served on the board of a magazine whose personnel were accused of passing crucial nuclear information to the Soviets. Holdren served on the board of directors of that magazine, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Just after President Reagan's March 1983 "Star Wars" speech in which he proposed a missile-defense shield to protect the U.S. home front, a group of Soviet academicians sent a letter to the U.S. scientific community asking about the feasibility of such a shield.

The only group that responded directly to the Soviet scientists was the Federation of American Scientists, or FAS, leading to an invitation to visit from Evgeny Velikov, director of the Soviet Kurchatov Institute of Science.

Physicist David W. Hafemeister relates in his book, "Physics and Nuclear Arms Today," how he was part of the FAS delegation to the USSR along with Holdren, who at the time was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

The FAS is non-profit organization formed in 1945 by scientists from the Manhattan Project, which developed the first atomic bomb. The FAS has long petitioned for nuclear disarmament.

Scientist Leo Szilard, a member of the Manhattan Project, was a principal founder of the FAS. Szilard also was accused of providing vital information to the Soviets that helped them build an atomic bomb.

In 1994, Pavel Sudoplatov, a former major-general in Soviet intelligence, named Szilard as a key source of crucial atomic information to the Soviet Union.

"The most vital information for developing the first Soviet atomic bomb came from scientists engaged in the Manhattan Project to build the American atomic bomb – Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard," wrote Sudoplatov.

Founders of the FAS also were board members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a journal that argued for the U.S. to hand its nuclear weapons to an international organization. It began publishing regularly in 1945.

Szilard founded the Bulletin along with Oppenheimer, who was long accused of spying for the Soviets and passing along vital nuclear secrets.

Sudoplatov wrote the Soviet Union "received reports on the progress of the Manhattan Project from Oppenheimer and his friends in oral form, through comments and asides, and from documents transferred through clandestine methods with their full knowledge that the information they were sharing would be passed on."

Indeed, Oppenheimer was accused in Senate hearings of bringing communists into the Manhattan Project. He brought his brother Frank and three former graduate students into the project, all of whom, according to Senate hearings, were well known to him to be "members of the Communist Party or closely associated with activities of the Communist Party."

Oppenheimer admitted he knew by August 1943 that two of the scientists working under him were Communist Party members. Three of five scientists under Oppenheimer's direct supervision were accused of leaking secret information about the atomic bomb to the Soviets.

On Oct. 25, 1945, Oppenheimer met with President Truman at the White House, urging him to surrender the U.S. nuclear monopoly to international control. Truman was outraged, reportedly telling Secretary of State Dean Acheson, "I don't want to see that son-of-a-b*tch in this office ever again."

Holdren worked alongside communist sympathizers

The New Zeal blog first reported Holdren worked on the Bulletin in 1984. At the time, communist and socialist sympathizers still occupied the magazine's masthead.

The Bulletin's board of directors in 1984, New Zeal reported, included:

* Board chairman Aaron Adler, who also served on the board of the Chicago Center for U.S./USSR Relations and Exchanges, alongside Larry McGurty of the Communist Party USA.
Adler was also a member of what New Zeal labels a Communist Party front, the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights. He was also involved in a committee to celebrate the 100th birthday of Communist Party member Paul Robeson.

* Bernard Weissbourd, a former Manhattan Project scientist who later served on the transition oversight committee for incoming Chicago Mayor Harold Washington, who was active in Communist Party fronts.
Weissbourds' son, Robert M. Weissbourd, later served as chairman of the Obama for America Campaign Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee and on the Obama Transition Housing and Urban Development Agency Review Team in 2008.

* Ruth Adams, Bulletin editor, who served in the 1960s on the Advisory Committee of the Hyde Park Community Peace Center. Other Center members included lifelong communist front activist Robert Havighurst, communist activist and radical Trotskyist Sydney Lens and Quentin Young, an avowed communist who has advised Obama on health care.

Surrender to planetary regime

Holdren, meanwhile, has been a longtime climate-change alarmist who has advocated ideas such as enforcing limits to world population growth.

Holdren's name was in the e-mails hacked from the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University in the U.K., which show that some climate researchers declined to share their data with fellow scientists, conspired to rig data and sought to keep researchers with dissenting views from publishing in leading scientific journals.


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Wild Thing's comment.......

I don't think there is one person that Obama knows that is a good person in any way. Each one of them is so vile and upsetting to learn about. It just never ends with Obama and his associations. NEVER!

How the hell much are we supposed to take with this crap. I am so sick of this and I know it will not end till Obama is out of office. But the damage he and his ilk will do is shocking and scary beyond words.




....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.



Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


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November 28, 2009

Terrorists Attack Russian Train Dozens Dead and More Injured




A train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg derailed late Friday, killing at least 39 people and injuring many more, emergency officials said.
Russian investigators have confirmed that the derailment of a passenger train which killed dozens of people was caused by a “terrorist attack” The train was carrying over 630 passengers and 20 railway personnel.




AP

Passengers said they heard a loud bang before the derailment.

Witnesses told Channel One state television a bomb blast may have been the cause — which, if true, would make it Russia’s deadliest terrorist strike outside the volatile North Caucasus region in years.

“It was immensely scary. I think it was an act of terrorism because there was a bang,” said passenger Vitaly Rafikov. He was unhurt in the accident and helped with the rescue, hauling victims from the wreckage and lighting fires for warmth.

Reports on the death toll varied.

Health Minister Tatyana Golikova said at least 26 people were killed, 18 were missing and nearly 100 were injured and hospitalized in the derailment. The Prosecutor General’s office said the death toll had risen to 30, with 60 others in the hospital.


Derailment of express train rekindles Russian fears

BBC

Russian media were already reporting the theory of a terrorist attack - later confirmed by investigators - hours after news broke that the Nevsky Express had derailed.


The name of the train and the time of the incident would strike a chilling chord with those in Russia who remember an actual bomb attack on 13 August 2007.

That evening, at about 2130 local time, a device laid on the rails in Novgorod region blew up the Neva Express, travelling from Moscow to Russia’s second city, St Petersburg.

The explosion derailed the train and some 30 people were injured.

Now, at 2137 local time on 27 November, something happened to derail the Neva Express yet again, this time with major loss of life.



Fox News just reported that they’ve found ‘a bomb crater and explosive residues’ at the scene....

From FOXNEWS.COM
"We have the blast remains; a crater. There is little doubt this is terrorism," a source in Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's office told Fox News.



Wild Thing's comment.......

I am sorry for any innocent lives on that train.

The entire world has gotten less secure since the Obummer administration took over.



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November 19, 2009

Obama Told Russian Leader ~ " US Constitution Is Dead"





Barack Obama meets with Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Singapore, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)




OBAMA TELLS RUSSIAN LEADER....'US CONSTITUTION DEAD'


November 17, 2009

Fourwinds


One of the saddest Kremlin reports we’ve ever read stated that during President Obama’s meeting with President Medvedev at the Asia-Pacific summit of APEC Nations in Singapore, the American leader when asked his thoughts on Prime Minister Putin’s warning that the United States should cease its march towards socialism replied, “It doesn’t matter since for all intent and purposes the US Constitution is dead”.

In his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this past winter Putin had warned Obama of the dangers of socialism by saying, “In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute, in the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”


Putin further cautioned Obama against using military Keynesianism to lift its economy out of recession, saying, “In the longer run, militarization won’t solve the problem but will rather quell it temporarily. What it will do is squeeze huge financial and other resources from the economy instead of finding better and wiser uses for them.”


Unfortunately for the American people, Obama has not only failed to heed Putin’s warning, he has embarked upon an unprecedented mission since taking office of subverting the United States, and its people, by literally bowing down before the leaders of a Globalist elite intent upon the destruction of our present World so as to remake it in an image more befitting the ancient era of omnipotent Kings who ruled over their subjects with iron fists and tolerated no dissent whatsoever.


In Obama’s bowing down before the brutal Saudi Arabian King with the “beaming” Jewish French President Nicolas Sarkozy looking on [photo top left], to be followed this past week by his bowing down before the Japanese Emperor whose people consider him to be a “god”, the American people have been given the clearest example possible that the World they once knew is totally gone.


And to this “New World” these American people are entering they haven’t the slightest clue about the horrors they are about to face, a fact made more cruel because of their propaganda media organs all being a part of the greater plot to see these once great people, and their Nation, completely destroyed and sacrificed upon the alter for an elite class of rulers who include the CEO of the Goldman Sachs banking giant Goldman Sachs (who have engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression - and are about to do it again) who this past week in London said, and I quote exactly, that they are “doing God's work” by their making hundreds of billions in profits off the backs of the American people who are losing their jobs and homes by the tens-of-millions.


For those American people believing that Obama is going to protect them against monsters such as this they should think again too, because the fact that he, Obama, is President of the United States at all is due to his being placed in power over them by Goldman Sachs in the first place, who by all accounts “own Obama, lock, stock and barrel.”


So, if the American people are no longer being protected or told the truth by either their leaders or their propaganda news media, who is this battle being left to? Simple, those of us who have dared to stand up against this tyranny of lies and destruction and SHOUT as loud as we can of the dangers coming so that they can protect themselves.


But we can’t do this without you, and whether you realize it or not, you need us now more than you have ever needed us before.


Unfortunately for us, and those like us, this is an expensive battle and those we are opposed to are relentlessly ruthless is silencing us and keeping you from knowing the truth about what is happening now, what has happened in the past, and what is going to happen in the future.


Only you can decide what you are going to be told, to whom you are going to listen to….isn’t it time that you stopped listening to lies? If so, than ACT to protect those few of us left still willing and able to tell the truth before you no longer have any choices left.


Without your support we cannot survive into next week, let alone next month, please don’t let this happen because when you turn away from us you are turning your back on the truth.


If every one of you reading these words gave just $50.00 we would be able to survive for an entire year. But because so few of you do we have to continually ask for your support. And when you will finally wake up to the reality that you are a combatant in a real life and death war, and your enemy is your own government and press, you had better hope that we, and other like us, are still around otherwise you’ll be totally uninformed and unprotected. Just like the people in Ukraine, who without our reports, and others using our reports to further inform these people, would have no idea about what is happening to them.


And make no mistake about this, what is happening in the Ukraine IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU, the only question you have to answer is how much you trust your own government and press to warn you ahead of time?


The time for fun and games is OVER…WAKE UP, START ACTING LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU DO…IT DOES!


Wild Thing's comment........

We have heard him attack our Constitution before in his 2001 interview. He does not only disagree with it, he hates it. This is so sick ! To have a President of our country feel like this about our Constitution. It IS our country and he hates both.


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September 26, 2009

Barack Obama: President Pantywaist Restores the Satellite States to Their Former Owner




Barack Obama: President Pantywaist restores the satellite states to their former owner

Telegraph.co.uk

by Gerald Warner


Barack Obama’s chances of re-election in three and a half years’ time may be evaporating at unprecedented speed, but his presidential ambitions could still be realised in another direction. He would be a shoo-in to win the next Russian presidential election, so high is his popularity now running in the land of the bear and the knout. Obama has done more to restore Russia’s hegemonial potential in Eastern and Central Europe than even Vladimir Putin.

His latest achievement has been to restore the former satellite states to dependency on Moscow, by wimping out of the missile defence shield plan. This follows on his surrender last July when he voluntarily sacrificed around a third of America’s nuclear capability for no perceptible benefit beyond a grim smile from Putin. If there is one thing that fans the fires of aggression it is appeasement.

Despite propaganda to the contrary, 58 per cent of Poles were in favour of the missile shield. But small nations must assess the political will of larger powers. Thanks to President Pantywaist’s supine policies, the former satellite states can see that they are fast returning to their former status. The American umbrella cannot be relied upon on a rainy day. They have been here before. Poles remember how a leftist US president sold them out to Russia at Tehran and Yalta. The former Czechoslovakia was betrayed twice: in 1938 and 1945.

If the word is out that America is in retreat, it will soon find it has no friends. The satellites will pragmatically accept their restored subordination, without openly acknowledging it, and co-operate with their dangerous neighbour, ushering in a new generation of Finlandisation...

A pushover in the Oval Office is the best news Russian expansionists have heard since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Barack Obama is selling out America and, by extension, the entire West. This is a catastrophe for America and the wider world.



Wild Thing's comment.......

What are the birth certificate qualifications in Russia for a person to run for office? Not othat it mattered here in American for Obama to run.

Or better yet can we trade Obama for Netanyahu?


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September 20, 2009

Did America Betray Us Or it was just Obama?



Did America betray us? Or it was just Obama?

By Michal Wisniewsk

( Michal Wisniewski is director of the Polish Europa 21 Foundation europa21.pl )

American Thinker

It was the worst thing that the American government could do. This decision was announced on 17 September, when Poland was commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Invasion Day, when the Soviet Union allied with Nazis and stabbed our country in the back.


This was an effect of the Nazi- Soviet Pact that was signed on 28 August in Moscow. After this day, all dreams about resisting Hitler's invasion perished -- two evil empires combined their powers to destroy our freedom and sovereignty.


At the same day, 70 years later, Obama bowed to the Kremlin. It was something that created great turmoil in all of Poland. What is even worse -- people here feel that they were betrayed. It's not only about the anti-missile shield. It's about the Polish attitude towards the USA. The United States was seen as the great defender of freedom and democracy all around the world.


The United States supported Israel against Ahmadinejad's threats. After 9/11, Poles expressed solidarity with the USA without any hesitation, despite the fact that we were risking alienation from some of our European partners.


And after we joined the U.S.-led coalition against terrorism, we were verbally attacked by Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Shroeder -- leaders of two major European powers, but our position was clear and firm: we would stay with the USA and fight against common enemies -- enemies who attacked our ally and the whole free world.


No other country had such a special status in Poland -- almost 80% of Poles sympathized with the U.S. Poland is not a great military power, but it has some influence on Eastern Europe and was a real stronghold of American interests in this region. Whatever Germans, French or other European Union countries would do, Poland always stood arm to arm with the U.S.


Now it all belongs to the past. It's not only about this incident, but it was something that created great outrage here. It's impossible to remain so positive towards the U.S. now - people are reacting emotionally. Even the most pro-U.S. media and journalists comment that our close relations with the USA were a mistake. That we were wrong, and we should focus on our closer neighbours, like France or Germany.


But, some people understand -- as I do, that this is a wrong reaction. Wrong, because people don't recognize that "America" (United States) is only a country, and has a policy that is set out by the current government.


All I can say is that Obama is undermining strong support for U.S. foreign policy, not only in Poland and the Czech Republic, but also in the whole region. This process cannot be reversed under this government (Obama).


But the U.S. won't lose Poland as an ally because many people realize this simple fact: that we can't blame the U.S., but we can only blame Obama's administration. And Obama is not the United States. What is more, Obama's foreign policy hurts U.S. interests all around the world, and the USA is the country that would lose the most from his policies. So, we should understand it here, in Europe, that the major victim is not Poland, but the U.S.


The saddest thing is just seeing the anti-American groups in Europe, the same groups that some years ago shouted about American imperialism, have their moment of triumph. They also point out Poland, saying with satisfaction, "Look, the U.S. is pulling back - you and your policy lost".


Yes, it's their time now. But, we believe that in the future everything could change. Because the U.S. deserves a change now.


Wild Thing's comment.......

God protect Poland and America.

The Americna people have been betrayed too our hearts break each day for our country.



....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


Posted by Wild Thing at 07:46 AM | Comments (6)

September 19, 2009

Obama’s Missile Defense Surrender




Obama’s Missile Defense Surrender

By: Stephen Brown

FrontPageMagazine.com

You’re on your own. That was the upshot of the Obama administration’s announcement this week that it was scrapping George W. Bush’s plans to build a missile-defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. To be sure, the White House stressed its support for a “redesigned” defensive system that would, it claimed, be cheaper and more effective against the threat of Iranian missiles. But Eastern and Central Europeans weren’t fooled. For them, the White House’s move can be summed up in one word: appeasement.

Staunch allies of America’s since the end of the Cold War, these former communist nations were clearly disappointed when the Obama administration cancelled the anti-missile shield. The news hit particularly hard in Poland, not least because, in a case of astonishingly poor timing, the administration declared its intentions to cancel the missile shield on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland on September 17, 1939.


The shelved system’s stated purpose was to safeguard Europe and the eastern coast of the United States from long-range missile attack from rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea. As part of a worldwide American anti-nuclear defense network, Poland was to receive ten anti-missile rockets and the Czech Republic a radar station. The planned system would have integrated both countries into a security network with the United States, a development that has become more important as the fledgling democracies have become more concerned about their security in the face of renewed Russian aggression.


Former Solidarity leader and Poland’s first post-communist president, Lech Walensa, did not hide his disappointment at the administration’s decision. “The Americans have always only concerned themselves with their own interests and exploited everyone else,” Walensa bitterly observed, adding that Poles must now re-examine their view of America and think more of their own interests.


But while there was gloom in Warsaw, there was jubilation in Moscow. Russia had strongly opposed the installation of the anti-missile system and has now emerged as the big winner. The Kremlin alleged that the missile shield was a threat to its own security. At one point, Russia even provocatively threatened to install short-range missiles in Kaliningrad, a Russian territory next to Poland, if the interceptors were installed.


Russia believes that such firmness caused the Obama administration’s about-face. Indeed, Russian officials triumphantly hailed their own intransigence yesterday, pointing to “Russia’s uncompromising position on this question” as the reason for the American decision. Thus, one consequence of the Obama administration’s retreat on missile defense is likely to be a hardening of Russia’s foreign-policy line.


That is roughly the opposite of the reaction that the Obama administration was seeking. Its decision to scrap the missile defense program in Eastern Europe was motivated at least in part by the belief that such concessions would help “reset” strained diplomatic ties with Russia – especially since the latter had been agitated in its opposition to the missile defense program.


Yet Russian fears regarding the Bush plan, as former US secretary of State Condoleeza Rice pointed out, were always exaggerated. “The idea that somehow 10 interceptors and a few radars in Eastern Europe are going to threaten” Russia is “purely ludicrous,” Rice noted in 2007.


Russian opposition was also glaringly hypocritical. North Korea, led by an unbalanced leader who starves his own people, exploded a nuclear bomb this May only 300 kilometers from Vladivostok, a city on Russia’s Pacific coast, without informing the Kremlin beforehand. According to one Russian columnist, debris from North Korean missile tests also falls on Russian territory. But these dangers occur without much protest or anger from the Russian government


The most hypocritical aspect of the Russian opposition is that the Kremlin is helping Iran build the nuclear reactor that is suspected of producing the enriched uranium for the Iranian nuclear weapons program – the reason that the missile defense shield was conceived in the first place. Besides helping Iran build a nuclear reactor, up until now Russia has vetoed or softened all American-proposed sanctions against Iran in the UN’s Security Council. Russia also stands accused of accepting an order to provide Iran with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles that can protect its nuclear installations, although it is uncertain whether they have been delivered.

If the administration hoped that appeasing Russia on missile defense would win Russian cooperation against Iran, it badly miscalculated: Russian officials announced yesterday that they would not reconsider their opposition to new and tougher sanctions against Tehran. Russia may rue the day Iran acquires nuclear missiles. But for now, the Kremlin is enjoying the instability Iran’s nuclear program is causing, which inflates the oil prices on which the Russian economy depends.

Perhaps the main reason that Russia does not want a defensive system installed in Eastern Europe is that it still thinks of it as its domain. A missile defense shield stood in the way of Russian plans to intimidate its former satellites with its own nuclear weapons, which the interceptors can also stop. It already has a track record for doing so. The Soviet Union, for instance, installed SS 20 nuclear rockets in Eastern Europe in the early 1980s to intimidate Western Europe. They were removed only after President Reagan installed Pershing missiles as a counter-measure.

On the basis of that acutely-remembered history, Poland and the Czech Republic, seeking freedom from such Russian nuclear blackmail, accepted Bush’s interceptor system. Russia’s invasion of Georgia preceded the deal’s signing by a week, giving it an added urgency. Other acts of Russian aggression, like the cyber attack against Estonia and cutting the gas supply to Ukraine also factored into their decision. Now they have been betrayed by their U.S. ally.


For its part, the Obama administration says that it has bigger successes in mind. The White House claims that its redesigned program, featuring sea and land-based missile interceptors, will offer “more effective defenses against more near-term ballistic missile threats” from Iran. But many military analysts disagree. They point out that these land and sea-based missile defenses, underfunded by succeeding administrations, are in no way comparable to the now-scrapped missile defense shield. Terminating the European missile defense system could actually be a major step back for international security.


As a strategic move and security measure, the administration’s abandonment of the European missile defense program seems to be a dangerous miscalculation. However, it was not entirely unforeseen. Last July, Polish President Lech Kaczynski asked Obama to be firm with Russia about the interceptors. “Concessions on this question would invite disastrous results and undermine the credibility of the United States in Central and Eastern Europe,” he warned.


President Obama did not get the message. Worryingly, Russia and Iran may have understood it all too well.




Wild Thing's comment......


"...the timing of the announcement is particularly sensitive. Thursday marked the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of eastern Poland following a pact between Moscow and Nazi Germany, an event seen by Poles as “a stab in the back.”

“I hope this is just a coincidence,” said Waszczykowski."

IMO Obama did it on purpose on that particular day!!! He never does anything without it making a double meaning to it.


Obama's way:

1) weaken ties with strong allies
2) improve relations with tyrants and thugs
3) weaken our national defense
4) weaken our financial system
5) tax the entire nation
6) create a socialist takeover(or initiate it)
7) use every Saul Alinsky tactic to demonize opponents, liberty, freedom and rugged individualism that made our nation famous


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67


Posted by Wild Thing at 08:48 AM | Comments (8)

Poles, Czechs: Obama Betrayal With US Missile Defense Shift





Poles, Czechs: US missile defense shift a betrayal


Breitbart


Poles and Czechs voiced deep concern Friday at President Barack Obama's decision to scrap a Bush-era missile defense shield planned for their countries.

"Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back," the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page.



Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he was concerned that Obama's new strategy leaves Poland in a dangerous "gray zone" between Western Europe and the old Soviet sphere.

Recent events in the region have rattled nerves throughout central and eastern Europe, a region controlled by Moscow during the Cold War, including the war last summer between Russia and Georgia and ongoing efforts by Russia to regain influence in Ukraine. A Russian cutoff of gas to Ukraine last winter left many Europeans without heat.

The Bush administration's plan would have been "a major step in preventing various disturbing trends in our region of the world," Kaczynski said in a guest editorial in the daily Fakt and also carried on his presidential Web site.



Wild Thing's comment........

This policy reversal is a clear signal to Europe the our President and his buddies care more about big business deals with communists and the communists themselves than they do about freedom and safety for Europe (or even the USA).



Posted by Wild Thing at 08:47 AM | Comments (3)

September 17, 2009

Obama Scraps Bush-era Missile Defense for New Plan




Inhofe Decries Cancellation of Missile Defense Shield
On the floor of the U.S. Senate, Inhofe expressed outrage that the Obama Administration has cancelled a third missile defense site scheduled to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic.



Admin Officials Head to Poland, Czech Rep. to Kill Missile Defense

weekly standard

Obama administration officials are on their way to Poland and the Czech Republic to deliver very bad news. The administration intends to cancel completely the missile defense sites that had been promised to these governments by the previous administration. This represents a complete capitulation to Russia's Vladimir Putin, who had demanded that the proposed deployments be halted as a price for improved relations. Ironically, the Obama administration, which is appeasing Russia in the hopes that Moscow will help put pressure on Iran, has made this mammoth concession just a few days after Moscow declared that it had no intention of supporting sanctions against Iran.

The consequences of this action in Eastern Europe, especially in Ukraine and in other countries that feel vulnerable to Russian power, will be disastrous. It is a major American retreat in the face of Russian bullying. And we will get absolutely nothing for it.


Obama scraps Bush-era missile defense for new plan

CNN

The United States is overhauling Bush-era plans for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, based partly on the latest analysis of Iran's offensive capabilities, President Obama said Thursday.

The "new missile defense architecture in Europe ... will provide capabilities sooner, build on proven systems and offer greater defenses against the threat of missile attack than the... program" that former President George W. Bush proposed, Obama said.
Obama said the change of gears was based on an "updated intelligence assessment" about Iran's ability to hit Europe with missiles.
The Islamic republic's "short- and medium-range" missiles pose the most current threat, he said, and "this new ballistic missile defense will best address" that threat.
Gates, speaking from the Pentagon immediately after the president's announcement, denied the United States was "scrapping" missile defense.
"This new approach provides a better missile defense capability for our forces in Europe, for our European allies and eventually for our homeland than the program I recommended almost three years ago," said Gates, who was defense chief in the last two years of the Bush administration and stayed on when Obama took office.

The Bush-era proposal called for the U.S. to set up a radar site in the Czech Republic and 10 missile interceptors in Poland to counter the threat of Iran launching long-range missiles at America's allies in Europe

The Bush administration had cited the perceived nuclear threat from Iran as one of the key reasons it wanted to install the missile shield in Eastern Europe.

But a 60-day review mandated by Congress and ordered by Obama recommended the new approach that was unveiled Thursday.

American officials from Obama on down insisted Thursday's announcement does not reflect any lesser commitment to European defense.

But the U.S. reversal is likely to please Russia, which had fiercely opposed the plan.

Obama has been seeking a stronger relationship with Russia and better cooperation from the Kremlin to support tough U.N. economic sanctions against Iran if it continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

There was no immediate comment Thursday morning from Russian officials, although Russia's ambassador to the United Nations grinned when asked if he had heard the announcement. "Oh, yes," the Russian envoy, Vitaly Churkin, said with a smile.

Missile defense has been a sore point in relations between Washington and Moscow, with Russia believing the shield would ultimately erode its strategic nuclear deterrent.

A U.S. delegation held high-level meetings Thursday in Poland and the Czech Republic to discuss the missile defense system. Officials in both countries confirmed the system would be scrapped.

In a statement, Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer said that Obama told him in a Wednesday phone call that the United States was shelving its plans. Fischer did not say what reason Obama gave him for reconsidering.

A spokeswoman at the Polish Ministry of Defense also said the program had been suspended.

"This is catastrophic for Poland," said the spokeswoman, who declined to be named in line with ministry policy.

Poland and the Czech Republic had based much of their future security policy on getting the missile defenses from the United States. The countries share deep concerns of a future military threat from the east -- namely, Russia -- and may look for other defense assurances from their NATO allies.


House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today strongly opposing the Obama Administration’s decision to eliminate the U.S. missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic:

“Scrapping the U.S. missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic does little more than empower Russia and Iran at the expense of our allies in Europe. It shows a willful determination to continue ignoring the threat posed by some of the most dangerous regimes in the world, while taking one of the most important defenses against Iran off the table. Since taking control of Congress, House Democrats have cut our missile defense budget by $1.2 billion, undermining our commitment to our allies and weakening our national security. I urge the President to reconsider this ill-advised decision, stand with our allies, and do what’s right for the safety and security of the American people.”



Wild Thing's comment.......

The Leftists will never learn that defense PREVENTS wars.Comrade Barack is taking orders from the Soviets.
Just like Ted Kennedy calling Russia and undercutting Reagan.

This is friggin surreal.

This is nothing short of wicked and evil. Unbelievably shameful. The Marxists in the White House and the State Department have reversed everything we have worked for during the past nearly 30 years. The Eastern Europeans stuck their necks out, trusting us, and we have betrayed them shamefully. This will not end well. I keep thinking of what happened at Yalta, and how we handed those poor people over to Stalin — who then went back on his part of the bargain and enslaved them for nearly half a century. For shame.


“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague”.”

~~Marcus Tullius Cicero


Posted by Wild Thing at 12:55 PM | Comments (14)

July 28, 2009

US Vice President Biden Hits Nerve In Russia





US Vice President Biden hits nerve in Russia

Washington Post

By LYNN BERRY

MOSCOW

An interview U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gave to an American newspaper was front-page news Monday in Moscow, where his characterization of Russia as a weakened nation hit a raw nerve.

Biden said Russia's economic difficulties are likely to make the Kremlin more willing to cooperate with the United States on a range of national security issues.

"I think we vastly underestimate the hand that we hold," he said in an interview to The Wall Street Journal published Saturday.
Biden's comments appeared to catch the Kremlin by surprise, coming less than three weeks after President Barack Obama said on a visit to Moscow that the U.S. wants to see a "strong, peaceful and prosperous Russia."
"It raises the question: Who is shaping U.S. foreign policy? The president or members of his team, even the most respected ones?" said Kremlin foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs on Monday downplayed suggestions that Biden was setting a different U.S. policy from that laid out by the president.

When asked whether Obama thought Biden had gone too far in his remarks, Gibbs said the president stated his views on Russia during his recent visit and the vice president agrees with those views.

Gibbs said both leaders believe Russia will do its part to improve relations with the U.S.

Most Russian newspapers put Biden's interview on their front pages Monday, with headlines casting doubt on Washington's commitment to forge a more constructive relationship with Moscow.

The papers jumped on Biden's comments about Russia's demographic and economic problems.

"They have a shrinking population base, they have a withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, they're in a situation where the world is changing before them and they're clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable," Biden said in the interview.

Some newspapers and commentators noted that Russians say the same things about themselves. The question, they said, was why Biden made the comments so quickly after this month's summit by Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev, and after Biden's own trip last week to Ukraine and Georgia, former Soviet republics whose growing ties to the West are deeply resented in Moscow.

.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an apparent effort Sunday to reassure Moscow, saying on NBC "Meet the Press" that the administration considers Russia to be a "great power."
"Every country faces challenges," she said. "We have our challenges, Russia has their challenges. There are certain issues that Russia has to deal with on its own."




Wild Thing's comment..........

Hahaha Joe Biden...the gift that keeps on giving.

Biden saying what is true or not is not what counts here, knowing NOT to say things off the top of his head might have been better. It was dumb for saying what he said out loud, but I don’t think that what he said was dumb.

LOL Joe Biden is the adminstration’s real-life fact checker.



Posted by Wild Thing at 05:46 AM | Comments (6)

July 08, 2009

Desperate Dealings With Moscow With Barack Obama's Giveaway




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Obama Just Made Us More Vulnerable

The Heritgae Foundation

Cutting through the White House spin coming out of Moscow, Congressional Strategic Posture Commission member and Missouri State University professor Keith Payne writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:

"Beyond the bad negotiating principle of giving up something for nothing, there will be serious downsides if the U.S. actually reduces its strategic launchers as much as Moscow wishes. The bipartisan Congressional Strategic Posture Commission — headed by former secretaries of defense William J. Perry and James R. Schlesinger — concluded that the U.S. could make reductions “if this were done while also preserving the resilience and survivability of U.S. forces.” Having very low numbers of launchers would make the U.S. more vulnerable to destabilizing first-strike dangers, and would reduce or eliminate the U.S. ability to adapt its nuclear deterrent to an increasingly diverse set of post-Cold War nuclear and biological weapons threats."


Obama went to Moscow desperate for the appearance of a foreign-policy success. He got that illusion -- at a substantial cost to America's security.

The series of signing ceremonies in a grand Kremlin hall and the litany of agreements, accords and frameworks implied that the United States benefited from all the fuss. We didn't.

We got nothing of real importance. But the government of puppet-master Vladimir Putin (nominally just prime minister) got virtually all it wanted. In Moscow, this was Christmas in July.

Ignore the agenda-padding public-health memorandum and the meaningless "framework document on military cooperation" (we've had such agreements before; the Russians always just stiff us). The main course in Moscow was arms control.

President Obama's ideological bias against nuclear weapons dates back to his undergraduate years. Yet those weapons kept the peace between the world's great powers for 64 years. A few remarks about deterrence notwithstanding, Obama just doesn't get it.

He agreed to trim our nuclear-warhead arsenal by one-third and -- even more dangerously -- to cut the systems that deliver the nuclear payloads. In fact, the Russians don't care much about our warhead numbers (which will be chopped to a figure "between 1,500 and 1,675"). What they really wanted -- and got -- was a US cave-in regarding limits on our nuclear-capable bombers, submarines and missiles that could leave us with as few as 500 such systems, if the Russians continue to get their way as the final details are negotiated



Arms Control Amnesia

The new talks with Moscow could put the U.S. nuclear deterrent in jeopardy. Here are the facts

The Wall Street Journal

Mr. Payne, a professor of defense and strategic studies at Missouri State University, is a member of the Perry-Schlesinger Commission, which was established by Congress to assess U.S. nuclear weapons capabilities. This op-ed is adapted from testimony given before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on June 24.


By KEITH B. PAYNE

Three hours after arriving at the Kremlin yesterday, President Barack Obama signed a preliminary agreement on a new nuclear arms-control treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The agreement -- a clear road map for a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) -- commits the U.S. and Russia to cut their nuclear weapons to the lowest levels since the early years of the Cold War.

Mr. Obama praised the agreement as a step forward, away from the "suspicion and rivalry of the past," while Mr. Medvedev hailed it as a "reasonable compromise." In fact, given the range of force levels it permits, this agreement has the potential to compromise U.S. security -- depending on what happens next.

In the first place, locking in specific reductions for U.S. forces prior to the conclusion of the ongoing Nuclear Posture Review is putting the cart before the horse. The Obama administration's team at the Pentagon is currently examining U.S. strategic force requirements. Before specific limits are set on U.S. forces, it should complete the review. Strategic requirements should drive force numbers; arms-control numbers should not dictate strategy.

Second, the new agreement not only calls for reductions in the number of nuclear warheads (to between 1,500 and 1,675), but for cuts in the number of strategic force launchers. Under the 1991 START I Treaty, each side was limited to 1,600 launchers. Yesterday's agreement calls for each side to be limited to between 500 and 1,100 launchers each.

According to open Russian sources, it was Russia that pushed for the lower limit of 500 launchers in negotiations. In the weeks leading up to this summit, it also has been openly stated that Moscow would like the number of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched missiles (SLBMS), and strategic bombers to be reduced "several times" below the current limit of 1,600. Moving toward very low numbers of launchers is a smart position for Russia, but not for the U.S.

Why? Because the number of deployed Russian strategic ICBMs, SLBMs, and bombers will drop dramatically simply as a result of their aging. In other words, a large number of Russian launchers will be removed from service with or without a new arms-control agreement.

The Obama administration will undoubtedly come under heavy pressure to move to the low end of the 500-1,100 limit on launchers in order to match Russian reductions. But it need not and should not do so. Based solely on open Russian sources, by 2017-2018 Russia will likely have fewer than half of the approximately 680 operational launchers it has today. With a gross domestic product less than that of California, Russia is confronting the dilemma of how to maintain parity with the U.S. while retiring its many aged strategic forces.

Mr. Medvedev's solution is to negotiate, inviting the U.S. to make real cuts, while Russia eliminates nothing that it wouldn't retire in any event.

This isn't just my conclusion -- it's the conclusion of many Russian officials and commentators. Russian Gen. Nikolay Solovtsov, commander of the Strategic Missile Troops, was recently quoted by Moscow Interfax-AVN Online as saying that "not a single Russian launcher" with "remaining service life" will be withdrawn under a new agreement. Noted Russian journalist Pavel Felgengauer observed in Novaya Gazeta that Russian leaders "have demanded of the Americans unilateral concessions on all points, offering practically nothing in exchange." Precisely.

Beyond the bad negotiating principle of giving up something for nothing, there will be serious downsides if the U.S. actually reduces its strategic launchers as much as Moscow wishes. The bipartisan Congressional Strategic Posture Commission -- headed by former secretaries of defense William J. Perry and James R. Schlesinger -- concluded that the U.S. could make reductions "if this were done while also preserving the resilience and survivability of U.S. forces." Having very low numbers of launchers would make the U.S. more vulnerable to destabilizing first-strike dangers, and would reduce or eliminate the U.S. ability to adapt its nuclear deterrent to an increasingly diverse set of post-Cold War nuclear and biological weapons threats.

Accepting low launcher numbers would also encourage placing more warheads on the remaining ICBMs -- i.e., "MIRVing," or adding multiple independently targeted warheads on a single missile. This is what the Russians openly say they are planning to do. Yet the U.S. has long sought to move away from MIRVed ICBMs as part of START, because heavy MIRVing can make each ICBM a more tempting target. One measure of U.S. success will be in resisting the Russian claim that severely reducing launcher numbers is somehow necessary and "stabilizing." It would be neither.

Third, the new agreement appears to defer the matter of so-called tactical nuclear weapons. Russia has some 4,000 tactical nuclear weapons and many thousands more in reserve; U.S. officials have said that Russia has an astounding 10 to 1 numerical advantage. These weapons are of greatest concern with regard to the potential for nuclear war, and they should be our focus for arms reduction. The Perry-Schlesinger commission report identified Russian tactical nuclear weapons as an "urgent" problem. Yet at this point, they appear to be off the table.

The administration may hope to negotiate reductions in tactical nuclear weapons later. But Russia has rejected this in the past, and nothing seems to have changed. As Gen. Vladimir Dvorkin of the Russian Academy of Sciences said recently in Moscow Interfax-AVN Online, "A treaty on the limitation and reduction of tactical nuclear weapons looks absolutely unrealistic." If the U.S. hopes to address this real problem, it must maintain negotiating leverage in the form of strategic launchers and weapons.

Fourth, Mr. Medvedev was quoted recently in RIA Novosti as saying that strategic reductions are possible only if the U.S. alleviates Russian concerns about "U.S. plans to create a global missile defense." There will surely be domestic and international pressure on the U.S. to limit missile defense to facilitate Russian reductions under the new treaty. But the U.S. need for missile defense has little to do with Russia. And the value of missile defense could not be clearer given recent North Korean belligerence. The Russians are demanding this linkage, at least in part to kill our missile defense site in Europe intended to defend against Iranian missiles. Another measure of U.S. success will be to avoid such linkages.

In short, Russian leaders hope to control or eliminate many elements of U.S. military power in exchange for strategic force reductions they will have to make anyway. U.S. leaders should not agree to pay Russia many times over for essentially an empty box.

Finally, Russian violations of its existing arms-control commitments must be addressed along with any new commitments. According to an August 2005 State Department report, Russia has violated START verification and other arms-control commitments in multiple ways. One significant violation has even been discussed openly in Russian publications -- the testing of the SS-27 ICBM with MIRVs in direct violation of START I.

President Obama should recall Winston Churchill's warning: "Be careful above all things not to let go of the atomic weapon until you are sure and more than sure that other means of preserving peace are in your hands." There is no need for the U.S. to accept Russian demands for missile-defense linkage, or deep reductions in the number of our ICBMs, SLBMs and bombers, to realize much lower numbers of Russian strategic systems. There is also no basis for expecting Russian goodwill if we do so.


Wild Thing's comment......

In Moscow, this was Christmas in July.Only Obama the idiot at work again. He makes me so angry!!!


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67



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Obama Behaving Like “ugly American” Tourist in Russia ?




O2 Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Located within sight of the Kremlin



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Condé Nast Traveler explores the super-luxe Ritz-Carlton Moscow including its restaurant, Jeroboam, and O2 Lounge, a rooftop bar with sweeping views of Red Square.


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Family Night for Obamas Miffs Some in Moscow

NY Times

MOSCOW — If Paris is for lovers, it looks like Moscow is for families.

After passing on dinner with the French president to go on a date in the City of Light with his wife last month, President Obama took leave of his Russian hosts on Tuesday night to seclude himself in his Moscow hotel with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters.

The first family enjoyed a relaxed evening at the O2 Lounge, the super-chic, super-pricey rooftop club at the new Ritz-Carlton, although no doubt the Secret Service first cleared the place of most if not all of the swaggering tycoons and leggy models who flock to such Moscow venues.

They could not ask for a more scenic vista. The glass-enclosed O2 offers a panoramic view of Moscow, including Red Square and the Kremlin, all the more striking as the lingering summer sun sets after 10 p.m. The club is “a place to see and be seen,” as its Web site says — that is, unless you are a visiting president who after a day and a half of blinis, beluga and bilats (the diplo term for “bilateral meetings”) just wants to hang out with the clan.


The decision to brush off the Russians on one of his two nights here miffed some in the Moscow government who did not understand why he would not devote the scarce time to his hosts. Mr. Obama had dinner with President Dmitri A. Medvedev on Monday and lunch with him on Tuesday. But with the second dinner slot unavailable, he ended up having breakfast Tuesday with Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, a known night owl not given to American-style early morning business meals.

The Obamas, though, wanted some downtime before getting back on Air Force One to head to Italy for three days of meetings at the Group of 8 summit meeting and, from there, to Ghana for a one-day visit.

Mr. Obama has seemed tired here, several times fumbling the pronunciation of Mr. Medvedev’s name and Mr. Putin’s title. Beginning a speech here, he mistakenly said he first met his wife in school instead of at the law firm where they actually met. And he misstated his younger daughter’s age.

He was quick on his feet, however, while addressing graduates of the New Economic School. In praising Russian culture, Mr. Obama cited painters, composers, dancers — and a hockey player, The Associated Press reported.

“As a resident of Washington, I continue to benefit from the contributions of Russians — specifically, from Alexander Ovechkin,” he said. Mr. Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was the National Hockey League’s most valuable player.

And while Mr. Obama was tending to business, the first lady and the girls kept a separate schedule. Mrs. Obama visited an orphanage and then escorted the orphans to a special dance performance at a Moscow theater. Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, did not accompany her, remaining instead with Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson.

“They came with me to Russia,” the first lady told the Russian orphans. “They’re with their grandmother. I think they’re making dolls.”
Much attention here focused on the fact that the Obamas named their younger daughter Natasha, or Sasha for short. (In Russia, Sasha is actually a nickname for Alexandra, not Natasha.) The president told ABC News that he laughed at the sight of his younger daughter walking through the halls of the Kremlin with a trench coat on and her hands in the pockets.
Mr. Obama jokingly called her “Agent 99,” after the “Get Smart” character. “She just looked like she knew where she was going,” he said. “I thought she was going to pull out her shoe phone.”




Wild Thing's comment.......

Great instead of sending a world class leader of an industrialized nation to speak to the Russians, we send the Griswald family from National Lampoon's European Vacation.

I can understand the sentiment of wanting to go off and have dinner with his family but a president has responsibilities and from othis trip and the one to France Obama treats them more like he is a tourist.

My Father had an international business and one cardinal rule is that whether you feel like it or not, if you are invited out by your hosts you go.

Top that off with it was NOT to have a quiet night with family. That quiet night was at a super trendy, super expensive, club to party. That is not what I call a quiet night with family.

He is being an “ugly American” tourist when he travels on our dime. We can't afford this kind of self-centered amateurism.

"Mr. Obama has seemed tired here, several times fumbling the pronunciation of Mr. Medvedev’s name and Mr. Putin’s title. Beginning a speech here, he mistakenly said he first met his wife in school instead of at the law firm where they actually met. And he misstated his younger daughter’s age."

Ever notice how this guy always seems "tired"? When he was making gaffes left and right during the campaign, it was blown off as being "tired"....far as I know, George W. Bush was NEVER "tired" (although, as President, he was probably exhausted at times). Even Bill Clinton was never "tired". And during the campaign, John McCain, at age 73, never used the excuse of being tired.


Posted by Wild Thing at 04:40 PM | Comments (7)

Anti-American With a Podium Obama Refuses to Admit US Won Cold War



Townhall

Major Garrett interviewed President Obama after his little speech in Moscow. Even when he’s not apologizing he still downplays America’s standing in the world.

GARRETT: In your speech this morning, you said the Cold War reached its conclusion because of the actions of many nations over many years. Mr. President, are the Russian sensitivities so fragile that you can’t say the Cold War was won? The West won it? And it was led by a combination of Democratic and Republican American presidents?

OBAMA: Well, listen, the — I think that you just cut out Lech Walesa and the Poles. You just cut out Havel and the Czechs. There were a whole bunch of people throughout Eastern Europe who showed enormous courage.

And I think that it is very important in this part of the world to acknowledge the degree to which people struggled for their own freedom. I’m very proud of the traditions of Democratic and Republican presidents to lift the Iron Curtain.

But, you know, we don’t have to diminish other people in order to recognize our role in that history.


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Wild Thing's comment........

American patriots rolling in their graves at warp speed.

To admit the US won the cold war would be admitting that that the US did something good, Obama doesn't want to admit that. Obama was on the enemies side during the cold war. He still is, the marxist quisling.



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Obama Lauds Putin’s ‘Extraordinary Work’ in Visit to Mend Ties




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Barack Obama (L) and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) converse while having traditional Russian tea and snacks on a terrace at Putin's residence outside Moscow in Novo-Ogarevo on July 7, 2009. Obama praised Vladimir Putin's "extraordinary work" as Russia's president and now prime minister, but admitted their two nations still do not agree on everything.






Barack Obama (L) and first lady Michelle Obama look at a cat at Russian President's Dmitry Medvedev residence Gorki outside Moscow July 6, 2009. Visiting U.S. President Obama and Kremlin leader Medvedev agreed a target for cuts in nuclear arms and a deal to let U.S. troops fly across Russia at the start of a trip intended to mend strained ties.



Obama Lauds Putin’s ‘Extraordinary Work’ in Visit to Mend Ties

Bloomberg.com

Obama lauded Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for his service to Russia, continuing a three-day push to overcome the animosities of the George W. Bush era.

“I am aware of not only the extraordinary work you have done on behalf of the Russian people in your previous role as prime minister -- as president -- but in your current role as prime minister,” Obama told Putin after more than an hour of talks at the premier’s residence near Moscow.

Obama and Putin’s protégé and successor Dmitry Medvedev reached agreements yesterday on nuclear arms and Afghanistan, which Obama said marked a “new start” in relations between the two nuclear superpowers.

The two leaders called for a reduction of atomic warheads by as much as a third, while Russia also agreed to allow the transit of U.S. arms shipments to troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.



While Obama, 47, and Medvedev, 43, “had a symbolically successful day” yesterday, the U.S. president’s meeting with Putin, 56, was “key” to the relationship because Putin is still the dominant political figure in Russia, said Andrew Kuchins, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Obama's meeting with the man widely regarded as the most powerful in Russia is taking place on the second day of the American leader's visit to Moscow.

Obama praised Mr Putin for his "extraordinary work" as president and PM as the pair met for the first time.

Mr Putin said Mr Obama's own role would be key in improving relations.

The breakfast meeting was held at Mr Putin's dacha outside the capital.

Obama said: "I am aware of not only the extraordinary work that you've done on behalf of the Russian people in your previous role as prime minis-, uh, as president, but in your current role as prime minister."

Mr Putin said: "We link hopes for development of our relationship with your name."

Last week, Obama said he thought the former Russian president turned prime minister had "one foot in the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new".

Obama is later due to deliver a major speech on democracy, the global economy and the US-Russian relationship.

On Monday, after meeting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, he signed eight separate agreements with Russia.

They included a pact to negotiate a new arms control treaty to replace the 1991 Start I pact which expires in December.




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Wild Thing's comment.........

LOL I love that photo where Putin is the one in only obvious chair. hahaha

And this from the NY Times:
In Russia, Obama’s Star Power Does Not Translate

"Let other capitals go all weak-kneed when President Obama visits. Moscow has greeted Mr. Obama, who on Tuesday night concluded a two-day Russian-American summit meeting, as if he were just another dignitary passing through. Crowds did not clamor for a glimpse of him. Headlines offered only glancing or flippant notice of his activities. Television programming was uninterrupted; devotees of the Russian Judge Judy had nothing to fear. Even many students and alumni of the Western-oriented business school where Mr. Obama gave the graduation address on Tuesday seemed merely respectful, but hardly enthralled. “We don’t really understand why Obama is such a star,” said Kirill Zagorodnov, 25, one of the graduates. “It’s a question of trust, how he behaves, how he positions himself, that typical charisma, which in Russia is often parodied. Russians really are not accustomed to it. It is like he is trying to manipulate the public.” ... Some Obama aides said they were struck by the low-key reception here."


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.


Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
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Obama Over His Head In Russia





Obama Over His Head in Russia. Talking to Puppet!

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters talking with Judge Andrew Napolitano who was subbing for Glenn Beck yesterday.
They discussed Obama's visit to Russia. Peters bluntly said that Obama is in over his depth in trying to deal with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He also said that what Obama craves most is adulation and applause. He descriptively said, "Obama is a vampire who doesn't live on blood - he lives on applause."


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cnn

“The future does not belong to those who gather armies on a field of battle or bury missiles in the ground.”

President BARACK OBAMA, calling on the U.S. and Russia to overcome Cold War mistrust and reduce nuclear arsenals, in his commencement speech before graduates of Moscow’s New Economic School




Wild Thing's comment.......

"The future does not belong to those who gather armies on a field of battle "

Obama may have said this referring to the Cold War. but I take it as much more then that. We know how he feels about our troops and are they not an army on the field of battle??????? SCREW You Obama! We would have no future if it were not for our troops, we would not have had a future if it were not for our Veterans.


Posted by Wild Thing at 06:46 AM | Comments (7)

July 03, 2009

Obama Tells Russia's Putin the Cold War is History



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Obama tells Russia's Putin the Cold War is history

WASHINGTON

President Barack Obama said former Russian President Vladimir Putin and his hand-picked successor should expect an in-person reminder the Cold War is over when the U.S. leader makes his first trip to a Moscow summit.

Days before he departs for Russia, Obama said Thursday that Putin "still has a lot of sway" in his nation as its nominal prime minister. "I think that it's important that even as we move forward with President Medvedev that Putin understand that the old Cold War approaches to U.S.-Russian relations is outdated," he said. "Putin has one foot in the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new."



Wild Thing's comment.......

What a freaking Moron Obama is, he is dangerously arrogant. Putin knows he is a joke.

Putin has already warned Obama that communism (socialism) does not work. Putin will and can run circles around Obama .


I’m in for Putin all the way. He’s my guy. Heck, I want Putin to run for president in 2012. Obama has proven that being a citizen is not required. I want a president that’s willing to kill the crooks, Putin will. I just wish Putin was Black, then I know he would win.

Putin = Mighty Mouse 2012


heh heh Ok I was just kidding, I could not resist at this late hour in the middle of the night er ah morning ( 4:30 a.m.)

hahahaaha


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June 17, 2009

Putin Slams Obama Tax Proposal



Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shows his new car, a locally-produced Niva SUV, to the media in his Black Sea residence in Sochi, southern Russia. Photo by AP.



Putin Slams Obama Tax Proposal

Moscow Times

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday criticized U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on U.S. companies' foreign operations, saying it would amount to double taxation that will hurt the global economy.

"This is a serious decision for the world economy," Putin said at a meeting of the Presidium, the government said on its web site. "If taxes are imposed on all companies working abroad, then it will mean the total destruction of the system for avoiding double taxation."

Putin instructed Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to hold discussions on the plan with Obama's administration.

Kudrin met with finance ministers from the Group of Eight over the weekend and signed an agreement with Italy outlining a system for avoiding double taxation.

Obama has proposed canceling a provision of the tax code that allows foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations to defer tax payments on money that is reinvested in local operations.

"It's a tax code that says you should pay lower taxes if you create a job in Bangalore, India, than if you create one in Buffalo, New York," he said in May, referring to the current state of the U.S. tax code, media reported.

Obama is scheduled to make his first official visit to Moscow on July 6-8.


Wild Thing's comment........

It’s pretty bad when the leader of a nation like Russia is saying this to the president of the USA. The funny thing is he may do it himself but he does not want the US to go socialist.

Putin has seized many companies, and likely ordered the murder of some former CEOs, one such case in London with radioactive poison of some kind. Was it two or three years ago, something like that.


There is a difference though, I can't see Putin wanting to destroy his country. He has no chip on his shoulder about the Russian Flag, the Russian anthem, and probably doesn't hate his military .......yes there is a difference.

Obama has every intenion of destroying America and making one that he wants, the socialist, communist, marxist model. And throw in the Muslims and who knows Shira law as well by the time he is done.


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March 18, 2009

Will Russia Test Obama's Doctrine?




Will Russia Test Obama's Doctrine?

Investors Business Daily

As the 25th anniversary of the invasion of Grenada nears, Russia is contemplating permanent bases in the Western Hemisphere. Once again, there's a bear in the woods.

On the morning of Oct. 25, 1983, America's armed forces invaded the island of Grenada. The Marxist regime of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop had been overthrown by the even harder-line communist Bernard Coard just 12 days earlier.

We were enforcing the Reagan and Monroe doctrines forbidding foreign bases in our hemisphere.

Coard gave every indication he would continue transforming Grenada into a Soviet-Cuban base. The lives of nearly 1,000 American medical students were in jeopardy. Cuban troops roamed the island. And then there was the matter of that 10,000-foot runway the Cubans were building — a runway long enough to accommodate Soviet bombers and not likely to be used for a sudden influx of Western tourists.

An increasingly belligerent Russia may be about to again test President Obama, as Vice President Joe Biden predicted in the campaign.

On Saturday, Maj. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev, chief of staff of the Russian air force's long-range aviation, announced that Venezuela's thug in chief, Hugo Chavez, had offered the Venezuelan island of La Orchila as a temporary base for Russian strategic bombers.

"There is such a proposal on the part of the Venezuelan president. Chavez proposed to us a whole island with an airfield that we can use for temporary basing of strategic bombers," Zhikharev told the Interfax news agency. "If there is a relevant political decision, then the use of the island by the Russian air force is possible."

Zhikharev noted that in 2008 he had been to La Orchila, 110 miles from Venezuela's north central coast, where the Venezuelan navy has its Antonio Diaz Naval Air Station. With "minor reconstruction," he said, the airfield there could accept fully loaded Russian strategic bombers. Orchila's runway is listed at 9,843 feet and is unpaved.

Zhikharev added that Cuba also has facilities that are ideal for use by Russian bombers on long-range patrols. "There are four or five airfields in Cuba with 4,000-meter-long (13,000-foot) runways, which absolutely suit us," he said.

Last September, two nuclear-capable Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers arrived in Venezuela after a 13-hour flight from their Russian base. These aircraft can carry 12 cruise missiles that can be fitted with nuclear warheads. They landed at the military air base Libertador in Palo Negro, 68 miles from Caracas, the day before the anniversary of 9/11. The base has a 10,400-foot runway.

Late last year, a Russian flotilla led by the Kirov-class Peter the Great, a nuclear-powered heavy missile cruiser, paid a visit to conduct exercises with the Venezuelan navy. The ship, armed with SS-N-19 Shipwreck long-range anti-ship missiles, sailed in an area where nine out of every 14 barrels of imported oil, even some Alaskan oil, must transit.

During his confirmation hearings last July, Gen. Norton Schwartz, nominated by President Bush to be Air Force chief of staff, commented on the possible basing of Russian strategic bombers in the Caribbean.

"I think we should stand strong and indicate that that is something which crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America," he said.

That was then, this is now.

Will President Obama draw a red line? Within hours of Obama's election, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev tested him by threatening to deploy SS-26 Iskander missiles in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad between our NATO allies Poland and Lithuania.

Medvedev said he would reconsider if we dropped our plans to deploy missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic meant to intercept Iranian missiles. Obama's administration has indicated a willingness to do just that and trade U.S. security for Russian promises.

Some will say this is a nonstory and point out that the Kremlin later explained that Zhikharev spoke "hypothetically." But the Kremlin let him speak to Russia's Interfax so that the word would get to us and make us think.

Obama and Medvedev are scheduled to meet in London on April 2.

Will Obama tell Medvedev to not even think about it? Or will he once again say let's make a deal?




Wild Thing's comment.......

Obama doctrine what is that Appeasement before Surrender ???

Obama is a hologram in front of a teleprompter and could not get a clue if it was a post it note stuck on his forehead.


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

Mark
3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
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March 03, 2009

Obama Offers to Scrap Missile Shield If Russia Cooperates on Iran





Obama Offers to Scrap Missile Shield If Russia Cooperates on Iran

FOX news

Obama offered to consider scrapping plans for a missile defense shield in Europe if Russia helps rein in Iran's nuclear program, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported.

Obama inherited plans to build the system in Poland and the Czech Republic from the Bush administration, but the new administration has equivocated over the project. Though the plans were put in place to deter nations like Iran and North Korea from launching attacks and developing nuclear weapons, Russia has interpreted the planned installation as a threat.


Wild Thing's comment.......

This is called absolute defeatism. Obama wants to scrap a magnificent missile shield system and begs Russia to help us deal with the Iranian terrorist regime.

Keep the missile shield and destroy the Iranian regime nuclear facilities. That is what a true leader does. But Obama is not a leader.

Every day I feel sicker and sicker about this unspeakable occupier of the White House. Hussein sure is setting us up to be attacked. His actions scream weakness in defending our interests while destroying us from within, but of course since his parents and teachers were Communists.


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December 30, 2008

Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.



As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

In Moscow, Igor Panarin's Forecasts Are All the Rage; America 'Disintegrates' in 2010


The Wall Street Journal

by Igor Panarin

MOSCOW

For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010. For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument -- that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual breakup of the U.S. -- very seriously. Now he's found an eager audience: Russian state media.

In recent weeks, he's been interviewed as much as twice a day about his predictions. "It's a record," says Prof. Panarin. "But I think the attention is going to grow even stronger."

Prof. Panarin, 50 years old, is not a fringe figure. A former KGB analyst, he is dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry's academy for future diplomats. He is invited to Kremlin receptions, lectures students, publishes books, and appears in the media as an expert on U.S.-Russia relations.

But it's his bleak forecast for the U.S. that is music to the ears of the Kremlin, which in recent years has blamed Washington for everything from instability in the Middle East to the global financial crisis. Mr. Panarin's views also fit neatly with the Kremlin's narrative that Russia is returning to its rightful place on the world stage after the weakness of the 1990s, when many feared that the country would go economically and politically bankrupt and break into separate territories.

A polite and cheerful man with a buzz cut, Mr. Panarin insists he does not dislike Americans. But he warns that the outlook for them is dire.

"There's a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur," he says. "One could rejoice in that process," he adds, poker-faced. "But if we're talking reasonably, it's not the best scenario -- for Russia." Though Russia would become more powerful on the global stage, he says, its economy would suffer because it currently depends heavily on the dollar and on trade with the U.S.

Mr. Panarin posits, in brief, that mass immigration, economic decline, and moral degradation will trigger a civil war next fall and the collapse of the dollar. Around the end of June 2010, or early July, he says, the U.S. will break into six pieces -- with Alaska reverting to Russian control.

In addition to increasing coverage in state media, which are tightly controlled by the Kremlin, Mr. Panarin's ideas are now being widely discussed among local experts. He presented his theory at a recent roundtable discussion at the Foreign Ministry. The country's top international relations school has hosted him as a keynote speaker. During an appearance on the state TV channel Rossiya, the station cut between his comments and TV footage of lines at soup kitchens and crowds of homeless people in the U.S. The professor has also been featured on the Kremlin's English-language propaganda channel, Russia Today.

Mr. Panarin's apocalyptic vision "reflects a very pronounced degree of anti-Americanism in Russia today," says Vladimir Pozner, a prominent TV journalist in Russia. "It's much stronger than it was in the Soviet Union."
Mr. Pozner and other Russian commentators and experts on the U.S. dismiss Mr. Panarin's predictions. "Crazy ideas are not usually discussed by serious people," says Sergei Rogov, director of the government-run Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, who thinks Mr. Panarin's theories don't hold water.

Mr. Panarin's résumé includes many years in the Soviet KGB, an experience shared by other top Russian officials. His office, in downtown Moscow, shows his national pride, with pennants on the wall bearing the emblem of the FSB, the KGB's successor agency. It is also full of statuettes of eagles; a double-headed eagle was the symbol of czarist Russia.

The professor says he began his career in the KGB in 1976. In post-Soviet Russia, he got a doctorate in political science, studied U.S. economics, and worked for FAPSI, then the Russian equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency. He says he did strategy forecasts for then-President Boris Yeltsin, adding that the details are "classified."

In September 1998, he attended a conference in Linz, Austria, devoted to information warfare, the use of data to get an edge over a rival. It was there, in front of 400 fellow delegates, that he first presented his theory about the collapse of the U.S. in 2010.

"When I pushed the button on my computer and the map of the United States disintegrated, hundreds of people cried out in surprise," he remembers. He says most in the audience were skeptical. "They didn't believe me."

At the end of the presentation, he says many delegates asked him to autograph copies of the map showing a dismembered U.S.

He based the forecast on classified data supplied to him by FAPSI analysts, he says. He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.

California will form the nucleus of what he calls "The Californian Republic," and will be part of China or under Chinese influence. Texas will be the heart of "The Texas Republic," a cluster of states that will go to Mexico or fall under Mexican influence. Washington, D.C., and New York will be part of an "Atlantic America" that may join the European Union. Canada will grab a group of Northern states Prof. Panarin calls "The Central North American Republic." Hawaii, he suggests, will be a protectorate of Japan or China, and Alaska will be subsumed into Russia.

"It would be reasonable for Russia to lay claim to Alaska; it was part of the Russian Empire for a long time." A framed satellite image of the Bering Strait that separates Alaska from Russia like a thread hangs from his office wall. "It's not there for no reason," he says with a sly grin.

Interest in his forecast revived this fall when he published an article in Izvestia, one of Russia's biggest national dailies. In it, he reiterated his theory, called U.S. foreign debt "a pyramid scheme," and predicted China and Russia would usurp Washington's role as a global financial regulator.

Americans hope President-elect Barack Obama "can work miracles," he wrote. "But when spring comes, it will be clear that there are no miracles."

The article prompted a question about the White House's reaction to Prof. Panarin's forecast at a December news conference. "I'll have to decline to comment," spokeswoman Dana Perino said amid much laughter.

For Prof. Panarin, Ms. Perino's response was significant. "The way the answer was phrased was an indication that my views are being listened to very carefully," he says.


Wild Thing's comment.........

First I have to say this jerk has a HUGE ego.....look at his reaction about Dana Perino.

The article prompted a question about the White House's reaction to Prof. Panarin's forecast at a December news conference. "I'll have to decline to comment," spokeswoman Dana Perino said amid much laughter.

""The way the answer was phrased was an indication that my views are being listened to very carefully," he says."

Then we need to take into account this......

“Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media.”

Well of course Russia and Putin must love to hear someone tell them the USA will end.

This is a mythical scenario, one I mostly disagree with. Also my memo to him would be Comrade Professor, the first step is admitting you have a problem. Prof. Panarin's division of the USA is wishful thinking on his part, IMO.

Where I will agree, but not because he wrote it, many of you on here have said this as well that it could happen.....
As far as the civil war and the breakup and the economic collapse, he is probably right on the mark.

BUT the part about Alaska back to Russia........NO WAY.......maybe when we see Putin in Red Square in tights and a tutu dancing to the sugar plum fairies. LOL

He gives California and the other coastal states to China, WTF? I see no plausible scenario for that to happen. Then he splits the Southern states in half, which is again nonsense, that block of states would obviously act as a unit. Then he takes the block of midwestern states and puts them as “part of or under the influence of Canada” - I know he’s only an academic, but doesn’t he realize that particular subset of states has more people than the entirety of Canada?

Sounds like the professors in Russia are about as smart as the ones here. The leftists in our nation have been predicting the fall of the U.S. for some time too. They have been working on it for years, pushing their Progressive communist agenda and now with B. Hussein Obama the NON Constitutional elected Messiah.

However, just by looking at how he would split States up tells me he knows very little about the United States and the people who live here.

I say it is time for the American Spirit to rise again.


......Thank you RAC for sending this to me.

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December 17, 2008

Russian Warships Head For Cuba





Russian warships head for Cuba

December 16, 2008

Breitbart

Russia said on Monday it was sending a group of warships to Soviet-era ally Cuba in its latest defiant naval move around US waters, part of a drive to revive old Cold War ties with Latin America.

The warships will visit Havana on December 19-23, the navy said, continuing a tour that has already taken in US foes Venezuela and Nicaragua and seen the ships pass through the Panama Canal for the first time since World War II.

"This will be the first visit to Cuba by Russian warships since the Soviet era," the Russian naval headquarters said in a statement.

The destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and two other ships already held exercises with Venezuela's navy in the Caribbean Sea last month.

The naval manoeuvres close to US waters are seen as a riposte to Washington's own moves in Russia's Soviet-era sphere of influence, including in the Black Sea.

US officials have said they see no military threat from Russia's naval manoeuvres but continue to keep a close eye on the situation.

The naval visit to Cuba, scene of a dramatic 1962 stand-off between Moscow and Washington over nuclear missiles, comes as tensions over US missile defence plans in eastern Europe have prompted talk of a renewed Cold War among some analysts.


Last month Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a tour of Latin America where he visited Cuba and Venezuela and met former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, part of efforts to revive what he called "privileged relations" from Soviet times.

Last week he also received Argentinian President Cristina Kirchner, another Latin American critic of the United States.

Nicaragua's leftist President Daniel Ortega is to visit Moscow on Thursday, after he risked Washington's wrath this summer by following Russia in recognizing two Moscow-backed rebel regions of Georgia as independent.

The Russian moves in Central and Latin America follow heightened tensions over Russia's military onslaught in Georgia, a close US ally.

Russia strongly objected to US naval deployments off Georgia's Black Sea coast, accusing the United States of covertly rearming Georgia, a charge Washington denied.

On Monday the Russian navy avoided direct reference to the United States, saying that visits to Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela signified "long-term prospects for developing cooperation among these countries' navies in the interest of building stability and trust on the world's oceans."

During the Cuba visit, residents will be welcomed aboard the Russian ships and Russian officers will lay flowers at a memorial to Cuban campaigner for independence and critic of US expansionism Jose Marti, the navy said.

Last week the navy said it was sending ships from its Pacific Fleet to join ships from the Northern Fleet for exercises with India's navy and in parallel would continue anti-piracy operations off Somalia.

Despite the growing Russian assertiveness, defence experts have said Russia's navy remains severely weakened following years of post-Soviet neglect.

That impression was reinforced by the inadvertent fatal poisoning last month of 20 people aboard a Russian nuclear-powered submarine that was undergoing tests off the Pacific coast.


Wild Thing's comment..........

Well I am glad our Navy is not worried about this. But just in case I think I might just be a little concerned about the attitude of Russia this last year. I really think Putin misses his KGB and all the Soviet Union of the past.


.....Thank you Lynn for sending this to me.




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November 28, 2008

Russia to Obama: Normalize Iran Ties




Russia to Obama: Normalize Iran ties source

Russia says it is in contact with the Obama administration in a bid to convince it to normalize ties with Iran and solve the nuclear issue.

Moscow hopes that “the new administration understands that there is no alternative to the political process and dialogue at all levels,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Bloomberg on Wednesday.
He said US President-elect Barack Obama would have to normalize ties with Iran to reach a solution to the nuclear dispute.
“We are doing it bypassing the Bush administration and reach Obama's team] through our embassy in Washington D.C. and our contacts with people who are around Barack Obama,” Ryabkov added.

The Russian official stated that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to Obama was a sign of Iran's intentions that could open a new chapter in Tehran-Washington relations.

Russia has repeatedly voiced support for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear issue.


additional source Bloomberg.com

Russia Has Contacted Obama Aides to Pursue Iran Nuclear Deal

Bypassing the outgoing Bush administration, Russian officials have approached aides to Obama, 47. The president- elect takes office Jan. 20. “We are doing it through our embassy in Washington D.C. and our contacts with people who are around Barack Obama,” said Ryabkov.

The Bush administration refused to hold high-level talks with Iranian leaders until they agree to suspend uranium enrichment.

A letter of congratulations from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Obama was a “welcome sign” of Iran’s intentions to turn a new page in its relations with the U.S, Ryabkov said.


Wild Thing's comment........

Russiai sure loves to stirring the pot.
Medvedev also announced in a speech in Lima, Peru, that the Obama administration may renounce the US Missile Defense.

Article HERE.....Medvedev Sees Possible Compromise With Obama on Missile Defense


I guess we didn't know we actually elected Medvedev as US president -- I doubt Obama will stand up to him.


There is an excellent analysis by John Bolton:

“If President-elect Obama carries through on where I think his real instincts lie on missile defense, which is not to continue it, I think in Moscow they will read that as responding to the threat and indeed the intimidation reflected in Medvedev’s speeches. “

Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration by John Bolton November 24, 2008


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Russian President Visits Cold War Ally Cuba



Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, left, walks alongside his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro as they participate in a flower offering in honour of Cuban national hero, Jose Marti, in Havana on Nov. 27.



Russian president visits Cold War ally Cuba

AP

HAVANA

Russia's president visited old Cold War ally Cuba on Thursday after meeting with his nation's new friends in Latin America in a tour aimed at reviving relationships that have frayed since the Soviet Union's collapse.

Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Havana from Venezuela, where he met with socialist President Hugo Chavez and agreed to help the oil-rich South American country start a nuclear energy program.

Russian officials deny that Medvedev's trip to Latin America — traditionally considered in the U.S. sphere of influence — is meant to provoke the United States, but the voyage included meetings with Washington's staunchest opponents in the region.

In Havana, Medvedev was greeted by Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and Ricardo Cabrisas, the island's chief of foreign trade and investment. He was immediately sped away in a limousine without addressing reporters.

Medvedev later met with President Raul Castro, who was especially friendly with the Russians during the Soviet years.

Earlier Thursday, Medvedev and Chavez toured a Russian destroyer docked in a Venezuelan port, one of two large Russian warships that arrived this week for training exercises in the first deployment of its kind in the Caribbean since the Cold War.

Chavez saluted the captain, and while touring the vessel joked to reporters from the deck: "We're going to Cuba!"

The warships will hold joint exercises with Venezuela's navy next week. ....

Wednesday's accords included a pledge of cooperation on peaceful nuclear energy.

Moscow plans to develop a nuclear cooperation program with Venezuela by the end of next year, said Sergei Kiriyenko, head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency.

Cuba is the last stop on a four-nation tour, which also included visits to Peru and Brazil and talks in Caracas with Bolivia's Evo Morales and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega.



Wild Thing's comment.......

Aw, look at the cute picture of Che in the background. How adorable.....not.



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August 20, 2008

Cross Us And We Will Crush You, Warns Medvedev



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Cross us and we will crush you, warns Medvedev

Times Online

Ceasefire latest: Russia stalls on Georgia pullout

President Medvedev of Russia yesterday promised a “shattering blow” against any foreign power that moved against Russian citizens.

The threat will compound the fears of former Soviet states, which are concerned that they could be next after Russia’s attack on Georgia.

“If someone thinks they can kill our citizens, kill soldiers and officers fulfilling the role of peacekeepers, we will never allow this,” Mr Medvedev told a group of Second World War veterans in Kursk. “Anyone who tries to do this will receive a shattering blow.”
He continued: “Russia has the capabilities - economic, political and military. Nobody has any illusions left about that.”

Russia’s incursion into Georgia, and its reluctance to leave, has alarmed former Soviet states such as Ukraine and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The war was designed in part to send a message to the former Soviet states that “you can’t solve your problems by running to give the West a hug”, Liliya Shevtsova, an analyst at the Carnegie Centre in Moscow, said.

At the start of the war, Mr Medvedev said it was his constitutional right to defend the “lives and dignity” of Russian citizens. Georgia’s allies now fear that Russia will begin to throw its weight around in defence of the millions of ethnic Russians who live outside the motherland.

The break-up of the Soviet Union left a huge Russian diaspora outside the country. There are more than 8 million ethnic Russians in Ukraine, 4.5 million in Kazakhstan and 1.2 million in the Baltic states.

Russia justified its attack on Georgia by insisting that it was acting to protect the 90 per cent of South Ossetians who have Russian passports.

How many of the passports are genuine is another question, as the region has long been infamous for smuggling and counterfeit passports and dollars.

Yevgeniya Latynina, a columnist, wrote last week that when the South Ossetian leader, Eduard Kokoity, received his passport, he opened it to find that it contained the picture of Abraham Lincoln from a $5 note instead of his own photograph.

Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s reformist President, who visited Tbilisi last week to support President Saakashvili of Georgia, said that the use of Russian ships for a war violated Ukraine’s neutrality and risked drawing it into conflict.

Ms Shevtsova, however, dismissed the idea that Russia might attack other countries.

“It is not possible,” she said, arguing that Mr Medvedev’s rhetoric was for internal consumption. “It would be suicide for Russia; it is just a show.”


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Wild Thing's comment..........

Dear Comrade Medvedev,
Bite Me.
Sincerly,
Me.

What’s next? Will he start beating podiums with his shoe? ( channeling Khrushchev)

I wrote in another post how Russian passports had been handed out like candy to people, so this is true that many of the so called Russian passposts are not genuine. And Russia is trying to say they are. LOL


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August 18, 2008

Putin and Georgia


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, as the following map shows, that buffer for Russia disappeared.


August 8th and 9th , 2008

On August 8th, large columns of Russian tanks, armored personnel carriers, and infantry entered Georgia into South Ossetian through the Roksky Tunnel that penetrates the Caucasus Mountains. These forces, with heavy Russian air support, drove south and after a fierce counterattack by the Georgians was defeated, drove towards the Sough Ossetian capitol of Tskhinvali. Georgian air fileds and military bases all around the country came under attack, during which between 4 and 10 Russian aircraft were shot down.
In Beijing, where both U.S. President George Bush, and Russian Prime Minister (and defacto leader in many eyes) Vladimir Putin, were in attendance, as word of the Russian attack was reported, President Bush immediately held tense, one on one discussions with Prime Minister Putin in Beijing to try and immediately difuse and resolve the crisis.


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August 9th, and 10th 2008

On August 9th the Russian troops opened a second front in Georgia by landing troops in amphibious operations and air transport landings in the other Georgian seperatist province of Abkhazia. These forces, assisted by Russian paratroopers, immediatly began pushing eastward and southward, dividing the country.
The rapid availability and deployment of these two invasion forces by Russia makes it clear that the Russian government had planned, deployed and staged these operations well in advance, raising the natural question regarding whether Russia instigated the attacks/shelling of Georgian villages and positions by South Ossetian forces to provoke the response by Georgia, which Russian then used as a pretext for an already planned invasion.
Fighting was fierce, Russian progress was rapid. On the 9th and 10th the Russians drove into and through the South Ossetian capitol of Tskhinvali, having used air support to loosen Georgian positions and then drive them back with their armored columns, artillary, and the use of SS-21 ballistic missiles.

President Bush statement:

"I'm deeply concerned about the situation in Georgia. The United States takes this matter very seriously. The attacks are occurring in regions of Georgia far from the zone of conflict in South Ossetia. They mark a dangerous escalation in the crisis. The violence is endangering regional peace. Civilian lives have been lost, and others are endangered. This situation can be resolved peacefully. We've been in contact with leaders in both Georgia and Russia at all levels of government. Georgia is a sovereign nation and its territorial integrity must be respected. We have urged an immediate halt to the violence and a stand-down by all troops. We call for an end to the Russian bombings, and a return by the parties to the status quo of August the 6th. The United States is working with our European partners to launch international mediation, and with the parties to restart their dialogue. Russia needs to support these efforts so that peace can be restored as quickly as possible. "


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August 10th and 11th, 2008

By the end of August 10th and into the 11th the Russians had driven into the Georgian city of Gori in the north, after significant air raids there had destroyed buildings, terrorized the population, and softened up the Georgian defensive positions. The Russians also drove on the Port of Poti and the town of Senaki in the west.
A couragous, but doomed attack by four small Georgian missile boats on the large Russian Black Sea fleet failed and two Georgian boats were destroyed in the exchange. Reports indicated that the small force may have damaged the Russian flagship, the guided missile cruiser, Moskva, causing her to withdraw, but those reports were not confirmed by the Russians.


RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VLADIMIR PUTIN Statement, August 10, 2008

"The actions of the Georgian leadership in South Ossetia are a crime and foremost they are a crime against their own people because a deadly blow has been delivered to the territorial integrity of Georgia, which brings massive damage to its national identity.

It's hard to imagine after all that had happened and after all that is still happening they'll be able to convince South Ossetia to be part of Georgia.

In my opinion they are already elements of some kind of genocide of the Ossetian people. I think it would be correct if you instruct the military prosecutor to document all such incidents. "



By August 11th the Georgian military was retreating from Gori and falling back towards the capitol of Tiblisis where the President had called for a defense in depth of the city. Airbases around Tiblisi were under Russian air attack, as was the Presidential residence where the Georgian President had to be quickly evacuated from one press conference when air raid warning went off. The Russians were apparently at that point targeting the Georgian President.

Conditions in the west deteriorated as well. The major east-west higway in the nation had been cut, severing the west side of the country from the east side. Access to the Sea had been cut by Russian forces as well. Conditions for the Georgian Republic appeared very grave.


Some of President Bush's statement on August 11th, 2008

"I just met with my national security team to discuss the situation in Georgia.

I am deeply concerned by reports that Russian troops have moved beyond the zone of conflict, attacked the Georgian town of Gori, and are threatening the Georgia's -- Georgia's capital of Tbilisi. There's evidence that Russian forces may soon begin bombing the civilian airport in the capital city.

If these reports are accurate, these Russian actions would represent a dramatic and brutal escalation of the conflict in Georgia. And these actions would be inconsistent with assurances we have received from Russia that its objectives were limited to restoring the status quo in South Ossetia that existed before fighting began on August the 6th.

It now appears that an effort may be underway to depose Georgia's duly elected government. Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century. "




RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VLADIMIR PUTIN Statement, August 11, 2008

"It's a pity that some of our partners, instead of helping, are in fact trying to get in the way. I mean among other things the United States airlifting Georgia's military contingent from Iraq effectively into the conflict zone. This of course will not change anything.

The very scale of this cynicism is astonishing -- the attempt to turn white into black, black into white and to adeptly portray victims of aggression as aggressors and place the responsibility for the consequences of the aggression on the victims.

Of course, Saddam Hussein ought to have been hanged for destroying several Shiite villages. And the incumbent Georgian leaders who razed ten Ossetian villages at once, who ran elderly people and children with tanks, who burned civilian alive in their sheds — these leaders must be taken under protection. "




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August 12th, 2008

On August 12th a singular surprisingly effective diplomatic effort took place.

This action was coinducted by the five Presidents of European Union nations, all whom had suffered under Soviet domination, and all who bordered the current Russian sphere of influence and control.

These five personally came to the aid of Georgia on August 12th and 13th. The five Presidents, Ukraine’s Viktor Yushchenko, Poland’s Lech Kaczyski, Lithuania’s Valdas Adamkus, Latvia's Valdis Zatlers, and Estonia's Toomas Hendrik Ilves , while Russia was still bombing Georgia, and clearly targeting the Georgian President Saakashvili, flew to Tiblisi, Georgia on August 12th and personally sought out and stood with President of Georgia.

They risked their lives in defiance of the Russian military and leadership, in essence placing themselves directly in harms way as a shield to the Georgian President.

From that moment, the tempo of war seemed to ease as the Russian juggernaught, to that point seemingly unstoppable, paused to consider the ramifications of this event and the location of these Presidents in the Georgian capitol.

It should be recorded as one of the most couragous acts by actual leaders of nations in several generations...and it worked.

In addition, French President Sarkozy, as the current President of the European Union, worked tirelessly to broker a cease-fire agreement in Moscow that day that both nations would sign.



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August 13, 2008

After the announcement of the agreement in Moscow, the French President flew to the European Union and then on to Tiblisi.
But, despite the asurance of the Russians, their troops continued to move towards the Georgian capital and continued operations in other parts of Georgia, occupying and destroying bases, demolishing naval vessels, and destroying infrastructure while the Georgian troops withdrew.
U.S. President George W. Bush scheduled and delivered a national message regarding the current status of the Republic of Georgia crisis.

snipet from his speech:

"We expect Russia to honor its commitment to let in all forms of humanitarian assistance. We expect Russia to ensure that all lines of communication and transport, including seaports, airports, roads, and airspace, remain open for the delivery of humanitarian assistance and for civilian transit. We expect Russia to meet its commitment to cease all military activities in Georgia. And we expect all Russian forces that entered Georgia in recent days to withdraw from that country.

As I have made clear, Russia's ongoing action raise serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region. In recent years, Russia has sought to integrate into the diplomatic, political, economic, and security structures of the 21st century. The United States has supported those efforts. Now Russia is putting its aspirations at risk by taking actions in Georgia that are inconsistent with the principles of those institutions. To begin to repair the damage to its relations with the United States, Europe, and other nations, and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must keep its word and act to end this crisis. "


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August 14, 2008
By the end of the day on August 14th, the Russians advanced to within 30 miles of Tiblisi, blocking the main east-west highway there just beyond the Georgian positions. They also destroyed the major east-west railway near there, destroying a major bridge for that railway. Aside from this however, no further major combat occurred between the two forces, and Georgian forces tensely manned their own positions, watching the Russians.
Also on August 14th, true to President Bush's word, US Air Force C-17 transport planes began arriving in Georgia, unloading supplies, and also U.S. military teams to assess the needs of the Georgians and prepare for the logistical efforts to meet those needs. The thousands of pounds of humanitarian supplies for the Georgian people were much needed and welcomed, as were the U.S. military personnel. An ongoing effort of 2-3 planes a day will provide the logistical and humanitarian needs of the Georgians, which will be augmented later by US Navy vessels coming in on Georgia's west coast. The Georgian people were beside themselves with joy and relief to see US military aircraft and personnel arriving. They knew full well, like with the five Presidents who came to stand vigil with them, that these troops and this equipment, in addition to the humanitarian effort, provide another shield from Russian attack and all the more opportunity to diffuse the crisis.


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August 15, 2008

Late on August 15th, after a five-hour consultation with the U.S. secretary of State, Rice, the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili , signed the cease-fire agreement brokered by the French President with the President of Russia. Russian troops had moved to within 30 miles of the capital where that tense standoff with Georgian military continued.


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August 16, 2008
On August 16th, in the morning, Russian President Medvedev officially signed the European Union brokered cease-fire agreemnent.
Under the terms of the agreement, 1500 Russian troops will remain in the Georgian separatist provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and can patrol a buffer zone of five miles outside of those provinces but cannot patrol in Gori and other Georgian cities or hamper aid distribution or control ports, highways or railroads. The Russians will remain until a group of international peacekeepers is identified, accepted, and deployed to the two Provinces.
In the mean time, French President Sarkozy, in his role as the President of the European Union, was working to provide peacekeepers to the Georgian seperatist provinces as soon as possible.


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These girls are FOR Georgia and they are protesting in Berlin!

Protestors shout slogans as they gather during a demonstration against the conflict between Georgia and Russia in Berlin August 16, 2008. Russia defied U.S. demands for an immediate pullout of its troops from Georgia on Saturday, saying extra security arrangements needed to be put in place before a withdrawal could begin.



A protestor holds a placard which reads 'Europe wake up!' during a demonstration against the conflict between Georgia and Russia in Berlin August 16, 2008. Russia defied U.S. demands for an immediate pullout of its troops from Georgia on Saturday




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August 17th, 2008

Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak while meeting in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008.German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Georgia on Sunday to meet with President Mikhail Saakashvili .




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Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili meets refugees in Tbilisi




'Putin has given us an order that everyone must leave or be shot'

Times Online

“The soldiers told us they had an order from Putin - leave or be killed.” Manana Dioshvili showed no emotion as she described how Russian troops forced her to flee her home. Her former neighbours nodded in agreement, huddled together in a kindergarten whose windows had been blown out by a Russian bomb.

“That's how they explained themselves to us,” she recalled of the moment they fled the ethnic Georgian village of Kurta, near the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali.

“They said, ‘Putin has given us an order that everyone must be either shot or forced to leave'. They told us we should ask the Americans for help now because they would kill us if we stayed.”

Vardo Babutidze, 79, was not lucky enough to be visited by Russian soldiers. Her husband Georgi, 85, was shot twice through the chest by an Ossetian paramilitary who came to their house to demand weapons.

“We didn't have any guns, so he shot Georgi in front of me without saying a word,” she said. “A neighbour helped me to bury him in our garden and then I just fled.”

Manana Galigashvili, 53, whose husband Andrei stared vacantly from a bed behind her, said that Ossetian soldiers had returned later and torched the house. They, too, had left after a soldier threatened to slit their throats.

Frightened refugees told similar stories all over the city of Gori yesterday as the Russian army extended its reach deep into Georgian territory despite a ceasefire agreement signed by President Medvedev that requires them to withdraw.

Troops and tanks moved to within 25 miles (40km) of the capital, Tbilisi, setting up roadblocks and digging in defensive positions in the hills above the highway. A line of tanks faced towards Tbilisi outside the village of Kaspi, a day after soldiers had blown up the railway line linking the capital to Georgia's main port of Poti.



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August 17, 2008

Ukraine Torments Russia With Show Of Solidarity



Ukraine torments Russia with show of solidarity

Times Online


Ukraine yesterday offered to create a joint missile defence network with the West amid fears that its port city of Sebastopol, home of the Russian Black Sea fleet, could become the next flashpoint between Russia and its former satellites.

The Ukrainian offer, which means its early warning radar stations could become part of the West’s civil defence system, will further damage poor relations between Kiev and Moscow.

Ukraine, which to the fury of Russia is looking towards Europe and membership of Nato, announced last week that it would require the Russian fleet to seek permission whenever ships entered its territorial waters.

Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s reformist president who visited the Georgian capital Tbilisi last week to support President Mikhail Saakashvili, said the use of Russian ships for a war violated Ukraine’s neutrality and risked drawing it into conflict.
He instructed his security council to draw up new rules forcing Russia to apply up to 10 days in advance for permission for its fleet to move in and out of Ukraine’s territorial waters.
This weekend Yushchenko said a threat to Georgia’s territorial integrity should be viewed as a potential threat to Ukraine’s: “We have lived through the most terrible 10 days of our recent history.”

The Russian response was immediate. Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian general staff, who last week warned Poland that it could face a nuclear strike after signing a deal with the United States to place a missile shield on its soil, made a belligerent statement to Ukraine.

He said Russian ships would ignore the order to seek permission, which he claimed was “illegitimate”.

Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, warned Yushchenko last February that Russia could point nuclear missiles at Ukraine if it cooperated with US missile defence plans.

Ukraine is insisting the Russian military must leave Sebastopol when the lease on the base expires in 2017. The Russian navy has made it clear it may refuse to do so.



Wild Thing's comment........

It's good to see solidarity of Russia’s neighbors in resisting this aggression. Dangerous times all because of Russia.


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Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia One Of Obama's Sheep



Tim Kaine, the Governor from Virginia, actually made a comment that indicated he believed that the Russians agreed to a ceasefire in Georgia because Obama asked for it.

Here are Kaine’s actual words…

It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I’m very, very happy that the Senator’s request for a ceasefire has been complied with by President Medvedev.





Wild Thing's comment........

I would like to thank Nicholas and a couple of guys at Gold's Gym and our mailman since they too called for a ceasefire.

Only one problem - after that claim was made by Gov. Tim Kaine, there is no cease fire.

BODS (Barack Obama Derangement Syndrome)
A syndrome that causes sufferers to attribute positive events and "changes" to Barack Obama, when they have absolutely nothing to do with him. Sufferers also tend to show obsession with words "hope" and "change" and tend to be extremely thin skinned towards criticism.

Also see: Insane.


....Thank you Cheryl for sending this to me.



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August 16, 2008

Russia Alarmed by US-Poland Defense Missile Deal, Calls Poland "a target"




Russia alarmed by US-Poland defense missile deal, calls Poland "a target"


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The signing of an agreement that allows the United States to build a missile defense shield in Poland amid the backdrop of the invasion of Georgia drew severe criticism from Russia on Friday, who said that the deal is aimed at it.

In the strongest threat Russia has issued against a plan to establish missile defense elements along the borders of former Soviet ally nations, Russia's deputy chief of general staff, Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, warned that Poland has become a "target for attack" and that "such targets are destroyed as a first priority."

Addressing a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Russian resort of Sochi, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the deal "clearly demonstrates what we had said earlier - the deployment has the Russian Federation as its target."

The United States' chief negotiator of the deal, John Rood views the agreement important for the security of his country, Poland, and its NATO allies.

Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin was quoted as saying that the project has "no relation to the Iranian missile threat but is aimed against Russia."


Wild Thing's comment..............

I think General Moronovitch made a mistake.

Putin on "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century":

"World democratic opinion has yet to realize the alarming implications of President Vladimir Putin's State of the Union speech on April 25, 2005, in which he said that the collapse of the Soviet Union represented the 'greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.'

Hoover Digest


From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:

"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."

Asia Times


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August 15, 2008

Poland says “Yes” to American Missile Defense ~ Putin Doesn't Like It


Chief U.S. negotiator John Rood, left, and Polish negotiator Andrzej Kremer exchange documents they just signed on an initial agreement on conditions for placing a U.S. missile defense base in Poland, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Aug.14, 2008. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)



U.S., Poland Reach Agreement on Missile Defense

Bloomberg.com

The U.S. and Poland signed a preliminary accord today that will allow for 10 U.S. interceptor missiles to be based in the eastern European country, completing a defense system that Russia opposes.

The U.S. has agreed to Polish requests including modernization of its armed forces in exchange for the location of the missiles, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said in an interview with private broadcaster TVN24 this evening.

``We are now harvesting the fruit of many months of hard work,'' said Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski at a joint press conference with U.S. Undersecretary of State John Rood in Warsaw. ``Only people of ill intent should fear this agreement.''

Talks on locating part of the planned missile-defense shield on Polish territory made headway yesterday in the wake of the Georgian conflict.

The Russian incursion heightened Poland's security concerns and ``made the Polish government a little more willing to conclude a deal,'' said Wade Boese, research director at the Arms Control Association, a non-partisan group in Washington. ``It may also have made the Bush administration more willing to meet the Polish demands.''

White House View

In Washington, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the purpose of the system ``is to protect our European allies from any rogue threats such as a missile from Iran'' and ``in no way is the missile defense aimed at Russia.''
Perino said she ``couldn't say'' whether Russia's attacks in Georgia spurred today's final action on the agreement.

Poland and the U.S. have been holding talks on establishing an American base in Poland for more than 18 months. While the U.S. signed a final agreement last month with the Czech Republic on locating a radar base there, the Polish government held out for additional security assurances.

The Polish government said before the current round of missile defense talks that the Georgian conflict had underscored its arguments in favor of more security guarantees.

Sikorski confirmed that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had called off a visit to Warsaw, planned for next month. He said he had received the information before an agreement had been reached with Rood over missile defense and said he thought the Russian decision had been made ``in connection with Georgia.''

Russian Criticism

Russia has sharply criticized U.S. plans to place elements of the defense shield in the two former Soviet satellite states, saying they threatened its national security. The Russian government has repeatedly warned it would build up military defenses along its frontiers if the project went ahead.

Sikorski will talk to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice next week to find a date for signing a final contract, which also has to be ratified by the Polish parliament, he said today. If completed, the agreement will allow for the deployment of 10, two-stage missile interceptors made by Orbital Sciences Corp., based in Dulles, Virginia.

The missile shield may still encounter resistance from U.S. lawmakers. Congress, controlled by Democrats, has mandated that the interceptors' effectiveness be proven through tests and that the Polish and Czech Republic parliaments approve the deals before U.S. funding for the programs is approved, Boese said.

New President

``We're still talking a number of years before any interceptors can actually be deployed, and in the meantime you're going to have a new administration that could rethink the whole plan,'' Boese said.

The Pentagon wants to start construction in Poland by July next year in order to have an initial capability to defend against Iranian missiles by April 2012, according to U.S. Missile Defense Agency briefing charts.

According to Tusk, the U.S. agreed to initially station one battery of Patriot air defense missiles on Polish soil with potentially more to follow. This would be good news to Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co., as the two companies are the top contractors on the Patriot missile program.



Wild Thing's comment.........

This'll make Putin wet his KGB issued panties.

I think Russia will come to regret the day that they decided to invade Georgia.

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August 14, 2008

Russia Tells USA To Choose Sides



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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday says the United States should choose sides.


Russia to U.S.: Choose us or Georgia

cnn

Russia pressed the United States on Wednesday to choose between "a real partnership" with Moscow or an "illusory" relationship with U.S. ally Georgia.

Washington said it's sticking with Georgia.

"As to choosing, the United States has made very clear that it is standing by the democratically elected government of Georgia," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday.
She spelled out the Bush administration's stance after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Georgia's government "a special project for the United States."

"And we are aware that the U.S. is uptight about this project," Lavrov said in remarks broadcast on Russian television. "But a choice will have to be made someday between considerations of prestige related to an illusory project and a real partnership in matters which indeed require collective efforts."

Rice, amid reports that Russian troops remained on the move Wednesday, pushed Russia to abide by a cease-fire signed Tuesday by the Russian and Georgian presidents.

Russian military action in Georgia "must stop and must stop now," Rice said.

Rice said Moscow already faced "quite significant" diplomatic consequences over its conflict with Georgia before Tuesday's cease-fire agreement, which calls for Russian and Georgian troops to return to pre-conflict positions.

Bush said reports he had received were contrary to Russian assurances that it had halted military operations. Bush said he was told the Russian military had blocked Georgia's major east-west highway, and had soldiers at the main port at Poti. There were reports that some ships had been attacked, he said.

Russia has likely moved additional troops into the disputed Georgian provinces and into Georgia proper over the past several days, several administration officials told CNN on Wednesday.

The officials said the United States now believes Russia may have 15,000 or more troops in the region. That would be an increase from the 8,000-10,000 the U.S. government estimated when the fighting began. A Bush administration official stressed that the scope of Russia's military effort remains unclear.

Any violations of the cease-fire would call into question Russia's "suitability" as an international partner, Rice told reporters before leaving on a diplomatic trip to Europe.

Bush administration officials told CNN the United States and its European allies were considering kicking Russia out of the G-8, the group of the world's largest industrial economies, and other international organizations as punishment for its actions in Georgia.

Rice discounted concerns that Moscow would no longer assist Washington on thorny diplomatic issues such as efforts to halt nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, saying it had its own interests at stake.

"Let's be very clear whose interests are being served by the partnership that Russia and the United States have engaged in on Iran or North Korea," she said. "Again, it's not a favor to the United States."

Russia's move into Georgia came amid a struggle between the United States and Russia for influence within Eastern Europe. From Russia's point of view, American support for Georgia is a direct threat to its influence.

By striking heavily in Georgia, Moscow is sending a signal to other former Soviet republics, such as Ukraine and Moldova, said Sarah Mendelson, the director of the Human Rights and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

"If I were a neighbor of Russia and I saw what Russia had done in Georgia, I would be very nervous," Mendelson said. "I think those countries that are leaning toward the West are very nervous today."



Wild Thing's comment..........

Hmmmmm Russia to U.S.: Choose us or Georgia.....ok .......answer is Georgia.
Next question please.

The choice is not Russia or Georgia, but Tyranny or Liberty. So they are giving us a choice; to live on our knees as a slave or fight like free men and women. Well, for at least the next 4 1/2 months I know what the answer will be.

For us democracy is a universal project. That's exactly why it frightens the rulers in the Kremlin.



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US Planes Begin Delivering Humanitarian Aid To Georgia


Georgians holding Georgian and U.S. flags celebrate Wednesday's arrival of U.S. humanitarian aid at the airport in Tbilisi, Georgia's capital. (AP)


US planes begin delivering humanitarian aid to Georgia

IRISH Times.com


US military planes have begun delivering aid to Georgia as Washington stepped up support for a shaky ceasefire with Russian troops around the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Russia said today it will soon pull out from Gori, a town 60km east of the capital Tbilisi, just outside South Ossetia and which contols the key road between eastern and western Georgia. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is set to hold talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy before heading to Tbilisi.

Her trip comes six days into a conflict that has shifted from artillery, tank and gun battles at the weekend to increasingly sharp diplomatic and political exchanges out of Washington, Moscow and Tbilisi.

US president George Bush, flanked by Ms Rice and Defence Secretary Robert Gates in the Rose Garden, demanded Moscow end the crisis, abide by an agreed ceasefire and withdraw Russian troops sent into Georgia after fighting began last Thursday.

"The United States of America stands with the democratically-elected government of Georgia. We insist that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia be respected," Mr Bush told reporters at the White House.

Moscow has denied violating a ceasefire and rejected claims its troops and armour had advanced on Tbilisi or looted Gori.

Speaking in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, told by Ms Rice that Russian servicemen were failing to prevent looting by irregular militias in Gori, said such actions would not be tolerated.

"I said from the very beginning that if any such facts prove true, we will react in the most serious way...The peaceful population should be protected. We are investigating all these reports and will not allow any such actions," Mr Lavrov said.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev has urged France, which is mediating in the conflict, to encourage Tbilisi to sign a binding agreement



Wild Thing's comment.........

We lead...UN follows ONLY after how many nations individually contributed to the cause.

Australia to offer humanitarian aid to Georgia

Slovakia to send humanitarian aid to Georgia

Romania decides to send aid to Georgia

Norway announces more humanitarian aid to Georgia

France, Germany contribute aid for Georgia, UN feeds displaced

Netherlands pledges emergency aid to Georgia

Italy gives 200 thousand euro in aid to Georgia

Canada pledges one million dollars for Georgia

United Nations Steps Up Aid To Georgia


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August 12, 2008

Bush Tells Moscow To Leave Georgia ~ Followed By Russia Response



Bush tells Moscow to leave Georgia

The Australian


Bush has warned Russia to reverse course in Georgia, saying Moscow's military strike there had damaged its world standing and endangered ties with the United States and Europe.

“Russia has invaded a sovereign neighbouring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people,” Mr Bush said at the White House today.
“Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century.”
He said the Georgian Government already had accepted outlines of a peace agreement that the Russian Government previously suggested it would accept.
Its terms include “an immediate ceasefire, withdrawal of forces from the conflict zone, a return to the military status quo as of August 6, and a commitment to refrain from the use of force,” Mr Bush said.

He noted that European leaders and officials were pressing for Russia's agreement to the peace plan.

“Russia's Government must respect Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Mr Bush said. “Russia's government must reverse the course that it appears to be on as a first step toward resolving this conflict.”
“Russia's actions this week have raised serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region.”

Mr Bush's comments came just after the UN Security Council began fresh talks on draft text calling for an immediate truce in the Russia-Georgia conflict, agreed by US and European diplomats after several days of discord.

Few details were immediately available about the draft UN resolution, but the proposed text was based on a three-point peace plan that French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner is trying to sell to Tbilisi and Moscow.

The French blueprint called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities; full respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia” and “the re-establishment of the situation that existed before” Georgia sent forces into its breakaway South Ossetia enclave last week to wrest control from Moscow-backed separatists.

Earlier a diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, reported “good progress” after the expert-level meeting at France's UN mission and said the participants were consulting with their capitals on the next step.

The diplomat said the US side wanted tougher language condemning what Washington saw as Moscow's “disproportionate” response to the Georgian offensive.

But the Europeans were much more interested in crafting a text that would enjoy broad support, particularly from Russia, a veto-wielding permanent member of the council, he added.

“This is going to take some time, except if you want a Russian veto, which is not the solution,” the diplomat said.

Meanwhile, as Russian forces punched deeper into Georgian territory to crush any resistance to their withering assault, Mr Kouchner discussed his peace plan with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili before heading to Moscow.

The two visited the Georgian city of Gori, close to South Ossetia, and were forced to take cover when an unidentified helicopter flew overhead.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was also to visit Moscow and Tbilisi tomorrow, according to Mr Saakashvili.

Despite the flurry of international diplomacy to head off a wider conflict, Russia maintained an uncompromising stance, with its ambassador to NATO saying Moscow could not deal with Mr Saakashvili, a man it now views as a war criminal.

“Saakashvili is no longer a man that we can deal with,” Dmitry Rogozin said in Brussels.
“He must be punished for breaching international law. He is responsible for many war crimes (against South Ossetian civilians and Russian peacekeepers).”

And Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov dismissed the peace initiative, saying it did not amount to a ceasefire.

A “ceasefire agreement is signed by two sides when they meet,” he told CNN, adding first “we need a written agreement between Georgia on one side, South Ossetia and Abkhazia .. that they will never use force in the future.”


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GEORGIAN Soldiers


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Russia set to reject French peace plan

The Australian

INTERNATIONAL efforts to mediate an end to the conflict between Georgia and Russia were set to intensify today, but Moscow signalled it opposes a peace plan calling for an immediate truce.

President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, was due in Moscow to hold talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on a plan to end the conflict.

But Russia's ambassador to the UN yesterday rejected the proposed Western draft resolution in the Security Council based on a three-point French peace plan.

"I cannot see us accepting this French draft,'' Vitaly Churkin told reporters, referring to a French-drafted text agreed by Western ambassadors.

The plan, which Tbilisi has accepted, calls for an immediate truce, respect for Georgia's territorial integrity and a return to the status quo that prevailed before Georgian troops punched into South Ossetia last week to wrest control from Moscow-backed separatists.

Churkin objected to the fact that the draft resolution did not refer to "Georgian aggression and to the atrocities we have seen''.

Moscow has accused Georgian forces of killing 2,000 civilians as well as Russian peacekeepers in what it described as war crimes.

Churkin however expressed hope that an acceptable draft would eventually be worked out and listed two Russian conditions: Georgian forces must pull out of South Ossetia and "the Georgians (must) agree to sign agreements on the non-use of force with the Ossetians and with the Abkhazians.''

Earlier yesterday Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov dismissed the EU efforts.


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Wild Thing's comment........

Putin's a two-bit thug.

"...We no longer know the limits of the invading Russian army—Russia seems intent on overthrowing the democratically elected government of Georgia and occupying the country," said Alexander Lomaia, the Secretary of the National Security Council. "As a consequence, the National Security Council has just decided to bring the Georgian army to Tbilisi in order to defend the capital and prevent the fall of Georgia.." --- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

LINK for quote

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia


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Putins Push



Putin Makes His Move

Washington Post ...for complete article


The man who once called the collapse of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century" has reestablished a virtual czarist rule in Russia and is trying to restore the country to its once-dominant role in Eurasia and the world. Armed with wealth from oil and gas; holding a near-monopoly over the energy supply to Europe; with a million soldiers, thousands of nuclear warheads and the world's third-largest military budget, Vladimir Putin believes that now is the time to make his move.....

His war against Georgia is part of this grand strategy. Putin cares no more about a few thousand South Ossetians than he does about Kosovo's Serbs. Claims of pan-Slavic sympathy are pretexts designed to fan Russian great-power nationalism at home and to expand Russia's power abroad.

Unfortunately, such tactics always seem to work. While Russian bombers attack Georgian ports and bases, Europeans and Americans, including very senior officials in the Bush administration, blame the West for pushing Russia too hard on too many issues.

It is true that many Russians were humiliated by the way the Cold War ended, and Putin has persuaded many to blame Boris Yeltsin and Russian democrats for this surrender to the West. The mood is reminiscent of Germany after World War I, when Germans complained about the "shameful Versailles diktat" imposed on a prostrate Germany by the victorious powers and about the corrupt politicians who stabbed the nation in the back. ...

Now, as then... they are being manipulated to justify autocracy at home and to convince Western powers that accommodation -- or to use the once-respectable term, appeasement -- is the best policy.

But the reality is that on most of these issues it is Russia, not the West or little Georgia, that is doing the pushing.


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Wild Thing's comment.............


"Europeans and Americans, including very senior officials in the Bush administration, blame the West for pushing Russia too hard on too many issues."

This is BS! The Russians are to blame for their own actions and no one else. I am tired of our country being blamed for things we did not start.

Russia is not just standing by doing nothing, they are ACTIVELY trying to thwart us, causing the deaths of our troops, and HELPING Iran get the bomb.

And with Putin, they have drifted massively backwards to becoming almost what they were before.




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August 11, 2008

Bush, Cheney, McCain and Obama Comments On Russia-Georgia War



President Bush and VP Cheney

Fox News

BEIJING

President Bush has sharply criticized Moscow's harsh military crackdown in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, saying the violence is unacceptable and Russia's response is disproportionate.

Bush, in an interview with NBC, said:

"I've expressed my grave concern about the disproportionate response of Russia and that we strongly condemn the bombing outside of South Ossetia."

Earlier, Vice President Dick Cheney said that:

"Russian aggression must not go unanswered, and that its continuation would have serious consequences for its relations with the United States."



John McCain and Barack Hussein Obama

Moscow Times

McCain, an outspoken critic of Moscow, said it was clear that the situation in Georgia was dire.

"Today, news reports indicate that Russian military forces crossed an internationally-recognized border into the sovereign territory of Georgia. Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Georgian military forces. The consequences for Euro-Atlantic stability and security are grave. Tensions and hostilities between Georgians and Ossetians are in no way justification for Russian troops crossing an internationally recognized border," he said.

Obama:

His first comment UNTIL he heard what McCain's reaction was..............

“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. 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.”


Here is how Obama reacted when he heard that Russian troops were attacking targets in Georgia:




Then AFTER Obama checked out McCain's take Obama made another comment to try and sound more like a man I suppose.

“I condemn Russia’s aggressive actions and reiterate my call for an immediate ceasefire… Russia must stop its bombing campaign, cease flights of Russian aircraft in Georgian airspace, and withdraw its ground forces from Georgia.”



Wild Thing's comment..........

Just a thought, maybe Cheney can invite Putin to a quail hunt. heh heh Hint hint to Cheney.

And as for Obama....LMAO good grief! The empty-suited marxist, ignorant as always, gave Russia the benefit of doubt, as fellow travelers always do. Until one of his empty suit handlers told him something else to say.


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August 10, 2008

Georgian and Russian War News




Report: Russian Navy blockades Georgia

MOSCOW (AP)

A news agency says the Russian navy has deployed ships to blockade Georgia's Black Sea coast.

The Interfax news agency says the Moskva missile cruiser and other Russian Black Sea Fleet ships have been deployed to Georgia's coast to prevent any weapons supplies.

A Russian navy spokesman refused to comment on the report Sunday.



Unclear Whether Georgian Olympic Team Will Stay in Beijing

Russia daily online

The Georgian Olympic team will not participate in the 29th Summer Olympics and is leaving Beijing. Georgian media report that the athletes made that decision after a meeting with Sandra Roelofs, wife of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili in Beijing. The official reason for the decision is that the athletes want to be with their families during this difficult time for their country.
Saakashvili had stated previously that the Georgian athletes plan to stage a protest against Russian actions in South Ossetia, even though, under the rules of the International Olympic Committee, they could be disqualified for doing so. Georgian and Russian athletes were scheduled to face each other for the first time on August 13, during the women’s beach volleyball match.



No UN deal over Georgia

Reuters and video at link

U.N. Security Council fails to reach an agreement aimed at halting the bloodshed in Georgia.

The head of Europe's main security group says the region is on the brink of a full-scale war.




Wild Thing's comment.........

Russia is not going to stop with just South Ossetia... they want all of Georgia.

Georgian troops have been combating Islamic terrorism in Iraq, while previously Putin attempted to block any and all meaningful military action against Saddam, plus Moscow continues 'assisting' Iran's nuclear weapons quest against the West, and arming all of our and Israel's worst enemies.


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August 09, 2008

U.S. Tells Russia To Pull Forces Out Of Georgia



Richard Holbruck discusses this on CNN

**** Just a correction I have to make. They announced last night that Bush and Putin DID talk before the Opening events at the Olympics. So perhaps this man did not know that before this video interview was done. --Wild Thing


U.S. tells Russia to pull forces out of Georgia

WASHINGTON (Reuters)

The United States told Russia on Friday to withdraw its forces from U.S. ally Georgia and stop its air attacks on the tiny Caucasus state following fighting in the breakaway region of South Ossetia.

"We call on Russia to cease attacks on Georgia by aircraft and missiles, respect Georgia's territorial integrity, and withdraw its ground combat forces from Georgian soil," U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement.

Rice issued her statement as Georgia, a former Soviet state that now wants to join NATO, said it would declare martial law and battled to get control of the rebel enclave, which was fortified by Russian forces.

Georgia said Russian fighter jets bombed container tankers and a shipbuilding plant in the port of Poti, prompting Washington's sharpest rebuke of Russia since the crisis began.

"We deplore the Russian military action in Georgia, which is a violation of Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity," U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York.

The State Department summoned the Charge d'Affaires at Russia's Embassy in Washington, Aleksander Darchiyev, to see Rice's deputy John Negroponte, who pressed Moscow to stop its military activities in Georgia.

"The deputy secretary said that we deplore today's Russian attacks by strategic bombers and missiles, which are threatening civilian lives," said State Department spokesman Robert Wood of Negroponte's meeting with the Russian diplomat.

"These attacks mark a dangerous and disproportionate escalation of tension," he added.

Both Rice and the White House urged an immediate cease-fire in South Ossetia, and U.S. officials said they would send an envoy to the region to help mediate.

As fighting raged in and around the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Russia and Georgia were at war.

Rice said the United States was working with its European partners to launch international mediation, and "we urgently seek Russia's support of these efforts."

American military planners reviewed contingency plans for the possible evacuation of up to 3,000 U.S. citizens from Georgia, including about 130 defense personnel there to train Georgian military forces for duty in Iraq.


Wild Thing's comment.........

Russians will ignore America's wishes is my guess.


“Early Saturday, Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said the Vaziani military base on the outskirts of the Georgian capital was bombed by warplanes during the night and that bombs fell in the area of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline. He also said two other Georgian military bases were hit and that warplanes bombed the Black Sea port city of Poti, which has a sizable oil shipment facility.

Utiashvili said there apparently were significant casualties and damage in the attacks, but that further details would not be known until the morning.”

Also, another site reported that 1200 US special ops forces were present at the Vaizani base for training exercises with Georgias forces...they arrived on TUESDAY. I hope they are ok, the base having come under Russian air attack. ALso, earlier sources mentioned as many as 1000 US Marines were previously in the country.

Georgia is the third biggest contributor of forces in Iraq, with 2500 there. They have been recalled to Georgia because of the emergency. They have been such a good allie to us.


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August 08, 2008

Russian Army Moving Against Georgian Forces





Russian Army Moving Against Georgian Forces Controlling Capital of Breakaway Province South Ossetia

Fox News

Reuters reports the Pentagon says it has had contact with Georgian officials but have not received a request for assistance..

Parts of Russia's 58th Army — including 150 tanks and armored vehicles — reportedly were moving Friday on the capital of South Ossetia after Georgian troops entered the city in an attempt to crush separatist forces seeking to control the breakaway province.

Kakha Lamaia, a member of Georgia's National Security Council, told Reuters the two countries are "very close" to war, if not already at war.

"If it's not war, then we are very close to it," Lamaia said. "The Russians have invaded Georgia and we are under attack."

President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly were discussing the Georgia crisis after attending the opening of the Beijing Olympic games.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov told Reuters that he is "receiving reports of ethnic cleansing in villages of South Ossetia."

Fighting escalated between Georgian and Russian forces escalated earlier in the day with Georgia claiming to have downed four Russian combat warplanes, and Russian planes bombing the Vaziani airbase outside the Georgian capital of Tblisi.

Russian Ground Forces spokesman Col. Igor Konashenkov said that 10 Russian peacekeepers were killed and another 30 wounded durring Georgian shelling of their barracks.

Georgian officials denied firing on the Russian forces.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow was receiving reports that villages in South Ossetia were being ethnically cleansed.

"We are receiving reports that a policy of ethnic cleansing was being conducted in villages in South Ossetia, the number of refugees is climbing, the panic is growing, people are trying to save their lives," he said during televised remarks in Moscow from Russia's Foreign Ministry.

Georgian troops launched their offensive to regain control over the South Ossetia.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili accused Russia, which has close ties to the separatists, of bombing Georgian territory.

Saakashvili also said it was in the United States' interest to help his country.

But Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said the Georgian attack will draw retaliation and the Defense Ministry pledged to protect South Ossetians, most of whom have Russian citizenship.

Russia's Channel 1 television earlier showed a convoy of Russian tanks that it said had entered South Ossetia. The report said the convoy is expected to reach the provincial capital within a few hours.

There has been no immediate comment from Russian officials.

Separatist officials in South Ossetia said 15 civilians had been killed in fighting overnight. Georgian officials said seven civilians were wounded in bombing raids by Russia.

Georgia declared a three-hour cease-fire to allow civilians to leave Tskhinvali. Georgia's Interior Ministry spokesman said troops were observing the cease-fire, which began at 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. EDT).

A spokesman for President Bush said Russia and Georgia should cease hostilities and hold talks to end the conflict. NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said he is seriously concerned about the fighting and that the alliance is closely following the situation.

Georgia, which borders the Black Sea between Turkey and Russia, was ruled by Moscow for most of the two centuries preceding the breakup of the Soviet Union. The country has angered Russia by seeking NATO membership — a bid Moscow regards as part of a Western effort to weaken its influence in the region.

Saakashvili long has pledged to restore Tbilisi's rule over South Ossetia and another breakaway province, Abkhazia. Both regions have run their own affairs without international recognition since splitting from Georgia in the early 1990s and built up ties with Moscow.

Relations between Georgia and Russia worsened notably this year as Georgia pushed to join NATO and Russia dispatched additional peacekeeper forces to Abkhazia.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it is seeking to open a humanitarian corridor to guarantee safe access to Tskhinvali. Maia Kardova, ICRC spokeswoman in Tbilisi, said military vehicles are being given priority on the main road leading to the South Ossetia capital and this is making it difficult for rescue vehicles to get through.

Saakashvili urged Russia to immediately stop bombing Georgian territory.

"Georgia will not yield its territory or renounce its freedom," he said.

A senior Russian diplomat in charge of the South Ossetian conflict, Yuri Popov, dismissed the Georgian claims of Russian bombings as misinformation, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev later chaired a session of his Security Council in the Kremlin, vowing that Moscow will protect Russian citizens.

"In accordance with the constitution and federal law, I, as president of Russia, am obliged to protect lives and dignity of Russian citizens wherever they are located," Medvedev said, according to Russian news reports. "We won't allow the death of our compatriots go unpunished."


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Russian jets bomb Georgian airbase - Tbilisi

TBILISI, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Russian jets bombed the Vaziani military airbase outside the Georgian capital Tbilisi on Friday, a senior Georgian security official told Reuters.

"No one was wounded but some buildings have been destroyed," said Kakha Lamaia. The airbase is some 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Tbilisi.

"They have declared war against us," said Lamaia. (Reporting by Matt Robinson, editing by Tim Pearce)


Reuters reports Turkey has agreed to supply Georgia with electricity amid the conflict...

Unofficial separatist sources have claimed that if the conflict was protracted they would be prepared to sabotage the Baku-Supsa pipeline that runs between Azerbaijan and Turkey through Georgia and is a key provider of energy for the EU and the United States *snip* FoxNews reports parts of Russia's 58th Army — including 150 tanks and armored vehicles — reportedly were moving on the capital of South Ossetia after Georgian troops entered the city.

AFP reports Georgia has lost control of parts of the South Ossetian rebel capital of Tskhinvali amid Russian bombardment ... “hundreds of civilians” killed in Tskhinvali.”


Wild Thing's comment.............


Russia is starting to act like the old USSR. Since then, Georgia has shot down 4 Russian military aircraft, and Russia has retaliated by sending a column of 150+ tanks into Georgia.
We have a military presence in Georgia, and they are an ally.
This could get real ugly, real fast.

We not only have military personel in Georgia, we have had personel at the Vaziani training center since 2002.

Marines and Georgians move to the Field

USMC news about it HERE

VAZIANI TRAINING BASE, Georgia-Hungry Marines and Georgians finally arrive at the end of the chow line giving them their first hot meal of the day and allowing them to continue their conversations over dinner.




....Thank you John 5 (VN 69/70) for sending this.


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