Archive for August 26th, 2008

For years we have lived in the fantasy world that our actions regarding energy production here at home were merely an environmental issue. 911 should have woken us up and paved the way for a realization that we were seriously undermining our national security and that of our allies by allowing the circumstance where oil producing nations could extort tremendous profits by manipulating supply. Those profits, in turn, could be used to fund terrorism and rebuild militaries run down through years of neglect. Worse, the producing nations could use energy as a weapon to beat their opposition into submission without firing a shot. Continue Reading »

Michael J. Totten files this report with a wealth of information about what is really happening in Georgia. Updated with Video.

TBILISI, GEORGIA – Virtually everyone believes Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili foolishly provoked a Russian invasion on August 7, 2008, when he sent troops into the breakaway district of South Ossetia. “The warfare began Aug. 7 when Georgia launched a barrage targeting South Ossetia,” the Associated Press reported over the weekend in typical fashion.

Virtually everyone is wrong. Georgia didn’t start it on August 7, nor on any other date. The South Ossetian militia started it on August 6 when its fighters fired on Georgian peacekeepers and Georgian villages with weapons banned by the agreement hammered out between the two sides in 1994. At the same time, the Russian military sent its invasion force bearing down on Georgia from the north side of the Caucasus Mountains on the Russian side of the border through the Roki tunnel and into Georgia. This happened before Saakashvili sent additional troops to South Ossetia and allegedly started the war. Continue Reading »