8 years ago
Ralph Peters has the best analysis of the situation I can find. All of Ralph’s commentary is worth studying, but the summary is that Russia planned this in advance. They cannot move that much armor without pre-deploying the right equipment and troops. The military materiel is too dilapidated.
Vladimir Putin is a criminal and thug, and also has a heavy hand in the parent company of Airbus, erstwhile winner of the tanker contract (which is reason enough to reject out-of-hand any proposal made by this company). But leave it to some shallow thinkers to romanticize the issue. Courtesy of the Small Wars Journal Blog, Gordon Chang has a short piece in Commentary Magazine, and following the comments leads to this jaw-dropping statement:
I’m a great admirer of the Georgians, their music and their traditions. They poked a stick in the bear’s eye. It’s not up to us to tell the bear what to do right outside his lair.
That way, madness lies. Thank God we never admitted Georgia into NATO. This crisis would prove that obsolete entity a toothless cat, indeed.
Good grief. Say what you will about American self-protection by imperial presence across the globe, but she has never forced anything upon a population except its own will. Russia is still communist, and communism imposes the will of the government regardless of the will of the people. It’s evil to the core, lest we forget the lessons taught to us by 60+ years of watching Russian brutality, or the lessons taught to us by our great leader Ronald Reagan.
The “bear” is evil, and we should be working towards the diminution of his “lair,” romantic stupidity and inane blog comments notwithstanding.