August 12, 2008

Bring out the comfy chair! US, allies weigh punishment for Russia

Reality Bites:

Military intervention is out of the question. Economic sanctions, given Russia’s oil and Europe’s need for it, are a pipe dream. Diplomatic ostracism and moral stricture won’t even save face.- Victor Davis Hanson: Moscow's Sinister Brilliance

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Reinforcements [via Cassandra]

This should suck them in: The rumors are rampant up on Martha’s Vineyard: Caroline Kennedy is supposedly throwing an Obama fundraiser this weekend at her late mother’s magnificent home in Gay Head. - Fox

Nobody knows you when you're white, female, and mugged: Susan Crain Bakos - Harlem: It’s A Hard-Knock Life This marks a bitter end to her "asking for it" phase: A White Woman Explains Why She Prefers Black Men

Sqawking points -- Morgan asks: "How come I have to learn your language, but you don’t have to learn mine?" And Ilka observes - "The English language is perhaps the most underrated bozo filter currently in existence, silently blocking out tons of idiocy. -The Fourth Checkraise: Speaking easy

Hiroshima sans amour: "Although the cabinet realized the bomb added a new dimension to the war, they did not change their basic perceptions on whether or how to continue the war simply because America possessed and used atomic bombs." - Donald Sensing: Sense of Events: Atom bombings and contemporary context

Insight into Putin: "John McCain, the "life is real, life is earnest" candidate, says he has looked into Putin's eyes and seen "a K, a G and a B." But McCain owes the thug thanks, as does America's electorate. Putin has abruptly pulled the presidential campaign up from preoccupation with plumbing the shallows of John Edwards and wondering what "catharsis" is "owed" to disappointed Clintonites." - George Will - Russia's Power Play

"No two countries that both have a McDonald's have ever fought a war against each other." -Tom Friedman Foreign Affairs Big Mac I - New York Times .... Until now.

And the beat-down goes on: Attacks on Georgia continue despite Russian president's calls to halt Russian jets were still bombing targets in Georgia after Moscow claimed to have ordered an end to the military offensive, the Georgian government said today. Two villages beyond the disputed South Ossetia region were under attack, Tbilisi said. The accusation followed reports that the strategically important town of Gori was still being attacked after Russia claimed it had stopped fighting.

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-- TOMB IT MAY CONCERN

Putin for US president:
"If Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were president of the United States, would Iran try to build a nuclear bomb? Would Pakistan provide covert aid to al-Qaeda? Would Hugo Chavez train terrorists in Venezuela? Would leftover nationalities with delusions of grandeur provoke the great powers?.... If America wants to recover from its humiliation in the Caucasus, it might, for example, conduct an air raid against Iran's nuclear facilities, and justify it with the same sort of reasoning that Russia invoked in Georgia. Contrary to surface impressions, Moscow wouldn't mind a bit. " - Spengler @ Asia Times

Jonathan @ Chicago Boyz responds:

"Let me rephrase the question: If George W. Bush hadn't abandoned his tough policy toward Iran, Syria and the Palestinians, would leftover superpowers with delusions of restored empire invade their independent former provinces?"

Voluntary amputation "The Georgian strategy is born of military necessity. They appear to have chosen to abandon a major part of their country in order to stay together as a nation." - Belmont Club

"Yes I've seen it before:" History Repeating - Shirley Bassey & Propellerheads


Russian soldiers open second front in Georgia
The word is about, there's something evolving
Whatever may come, the world keeps revolving
They say the next big thing is here
That the revolution's near
But to me it seems quite clear
That it's all just a little bit of history repeating

-- Shirley Bassey

"Anticipatory capitulation" as a road to WW IV.

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Atheist Toast

"If you tax something you get less of it." Example 12,438 - Anticipated revenue from increased cigarette taxes up in smoke.

Guanonomics: "Once again in fashion as an organic fertilizer, guano looms as an apt reminder of Latin America's historical paradigm of "boom and bust" mono-export experience and of growth without development." - Ibsen Martinez

Obama. War. Obama. Love child. Obama. Guano. Obama. Rinse and repeat. Is the world too much with you? Welcome to Retreat! with the Anchoress. I'll be joining her in a day or so.

Teaching makes them do it: "They're faced day after day with the sight of The Teenage Thigh, and cannot be content with women their own age." - Dusk in Autumn: The temptation of Saint Agnostic After which they are Corrupted by the youth!

Gold medal judoist Xian Dongmei and other Olympic moms.

John Edwards AKA"my love lips."

"Appeasement is never a good idea, particularly if the one you are appeasing is strong only through the folly of its opponents."

Hot Topic: To keep abreast of good information and clear strategic thinking, set your browsers to The Belmont Club's Who's winning Georgia Part 2.

War Works: "That world they call "Fascism" and don't want you to know about - it's all gone. They say violence doesn't settle anything, but that's one of the dumbest remarks ever made. War settles things so well you can't even see the remains - and that's exactly why people think it doesn't settle anything, because the wipe-out is too complete. Nothing but little wisps of the beaten worlds floating around." - War Nerd: Kamikaze Math
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Nobody knows you when you're white, female, and mugged: Susan Crain Bakos - Harlem: It’s A Hard-Knock Life This marks a bitter end to her "asking for it" phase:

I am reminded of a scene from the film: Gorky Park.

Irina Asanova:

"KGB have better cars, you know."

Arkady Renko:

"But they don't always take you
where you want to go, do they?"

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