Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Soviet expansionism underway in Georgia

Soviet expansion still appears to be apart of Russian foreign policy. It is being reported that Russia was behind or in collusion with coup plotters in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. According to the Georgian Times, the Georgian Interior Ministry states Russia had planned to organize a military uprising in various military divisions of Georgia. This uprising was supposed to coincide with NATO military exercises that are scheduled for May 6. Russia denies any involvement in the coup attempt and says the charges are "crazy." Georgian government officials have released video of the coup plotter stating he will have the backing of five thousand Russian troops in support of the coup.

Russian denials seem dubious when you recall the threat from Prime Minister Putin during last summers brief war with Georgia. With Russian tanks only 30 miles from Tbilisi on August 12, French President Sarkozy told Mr. Putin that the world would not accept the overthrow of Georgia’s Government. Putin seemed unconcerned by international reaction and went on to say “I am going to hang Saakashvili by the balls.” The French leader thought he had misheard. “Hang him?” — he asked. “Why not?” Mr. Putin replied. “The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.”

The Russians are outraged with Georgia's attempt to join NATO and appeared ready to sabotage those plans with a coup during the month long NATO training exercises. It seems that President Obama's recent apology tour did nothing to satisfy the Russians and their Soviet expansion plans. Vladimir Putin smells weakness from the Obama Administration and will do as he wishes, knowing that Obama will do nothing. There has been no comment or concern from the White House about the coup attempt of our strategic ally. You would think that the potential disruption of NATO military exercises by Russian troops might elicit a response from the leader of the free world. The world is still waiting Mr. President

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