One Track Mind of Bush and Co. Does It Again

The Bush administration’s obsession with Iraq and its oil has done it again. See Latin America, much of Africa, and now Russia and its border states — all of which we have essentially left out of our strategic planning. Ed Kent

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Pledging to Leave Georgia, Russia Instead Tightens Grip
By MICHAEL R. GORDON
American officials said the Russian military has been
moving launchers for short-range ballistic missiles into
South Ossetia.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/18/world/europe/18georgia.html?th&emc=th

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U.S. Watched as a Squabble Turned Into a Showdown
By HELENE COOPER, C.J. CHIVERS and CLIFFORD J. LEVY
The U.S. seemed to have missed — or gambled it could manage
— the depth of Russia’s anger and the resolve of Georgia’s
leader to provoke the Russians.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/18/washington/18diplo.html?th&emc=th

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“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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