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Yea, the Ruskies are back!

August 14, 2008

Am I the only one who has noticed the sense of relief among the pundit class regarding the recent unpleasantness in the Caucasus?

It’s almost like they want Russia to go after the Ukraine next, and start a big ol’ shooting war we can drag ourselves into via NATO.

Okay, okay. To an extent, I understand. We’ve spent the last seven years fighting a war on terror that our army and country were not built for. It’s been frustrating. It’s been trying.

And now along comes Russia with TANKS! And AIRCRAFT! And SHIPS! In other words, things we can BLOW UP!

That’s just it. Our military knows how to fight a stand-up opponent. That’s what it is trained, organized, and equipped to do.

I guess there’s some kind of comfort in that. But we shouldn’t let our military-industrial nostalgia get the better of us. The Russians, after all, possess a large number of nuclear weapons, and the last thing this country needs right now is a confrontation with a country that actually has WMDs.

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  1. mark permalink
    August 17, 2008 10:43 am

    there is no comfort in it for me. i think this conflict is being almost swept under the rug. Jon Stewart really pissed me off by doing some run of the mill Bush bashing (the kind he does every day) on the Daily Show for the first two days after the invasion instead of concentrating on the invasion’s implications. Like it or not, pathetic or not, millions of Americans get the news from this guy so its his responsibility to focus on important things. The implications of the invasion are potentially huge, even if Russia is making signs of backing down, they still haven’t done so. The ceasefire agreement is already drawing ire.

    the longer Europe maintains its decades long appeasement philosophy the scarier it is. Hopefully Russia backs down, but good lord Putin is is ex-KGB…no one would confuse him with someone who actually cares about the international community.

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