There’s no such thing as a Russian Sphere of Influence: There’s only a Zone of Terror for Former USSR Territories

 

 

A few hundred NATO troops held a half hearted exercise near Georgia, and now the Russians are holding a massive exercise in the Caucasus, that their own spokesman, compares favorably to the size and scope of military maneuvers in Soviet Days.  As you recall, the Russians attacked Georgia during the Olympics while Bush and Putin were watching the games in China.  The Georgians had requested NATO membership and had made it clear that they wanted to break with Russian dominance and go their own way as an independent country.  The Ukraine was in the same frame of mind and it’s clear that most of the former territories of the soviets would prefer to be separate and independent from the Russian colossus. Russia’s love for its former soviet era, which it now calls its “sphere of influence”, is clearly a case of unrequited love as the former territories have made clear to both the Russians and the world.  While the world, in theory, supports these aspirations; the EU and NATO have made it clear that they have no intentions of going to war to support their independence. European support is whatever can be had from empty words and European leaders cowering before the Criminal Empire of Vladimir Putin.  The United States, under George W. Bush, was far more verbose in supporting the Georgians and the Ukrainians and even the Polish who agreed, despite Russian Threats, to base an anti missile system in their country that had the Russians Seeing Red, if you’ll excuse the pun.  Bush made it clear that the Russians would not annex their old stomping grounds by crushing the dreams of independence of the Ukraine and Georgia or any of the other formerly subjugated territories.  Things were tense for a while with showy military moves by both Bush and Putin and much squirming and hand wringing by the NATO alliance and the EU.

Times have changed.

In the age of Obama we have a president who wouldn’t lift a finger to support the peoples uprising in Iran for fear of not being seen as sensitive to Islamic culture and as not respecting the regime of despotic clerics against whom the people were rioting.  The Kremlin has been watching with wonder, no doubt, as Obama ingratiates himself to Iranian leaders who hold him in open contempt while throwing traditional alleys like Israel and Egypt under the bus.  Obama has been so intent on “dialogue” with the tyrannical Iranian Regime that there’s no Arab/ Islamic backside in the Middle East he hasn’t kissed in the first six months of his presidency. He’s bowed and scraped before the Saudi King and he’s badmouthed the country he’s supposed to be leading throughout the region, all in the interests of respecting Islamic culture by holding our American culture in contempt. I’ll say it again: The Russians are Watching this Farce and once they’re sure that the naive community organizer from Chicago really believes the stuff that comes out of his mouth: how can they fail to realize that the time to reassemble the Soviet Empire, this time an openly Russian Empire, is now!  Obama, like his sophisticated European Counterparts, has no intention of stopping the expansion of the Russian Criminal Empire under Putin and the worst they would do is send a snotty diplomatic note!

So the Russians are having a very large and forceful military exercise in the Caucasus as the leaders of the former Soviet terror state look on with the horror that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu experienced when he realized that America’s first Black President would indeed abandon Israel. Just as Jimmy Carter made a disastrous mistake by letting the Shaw of Iran fall to the crazy Islamic clerics; so now Obama is setting a wide range of mistakes, as policy, that like Carters errors, will haunt us for decades.  I can imagine a time, coming soon, when Israel acts unilaterally to destroy the Iranian Nuclear Weapons program and midway through the crisis the Russians claim that Georgia fired a spitball at them and comes in to quell “anti Russian Terrorism” across the length and breadth of Georgia and Ukraine.  In their wake they’ll have iron clad mutual defense and economic treaties signed by newly installed leaders who are lap dogs of Putin. Those who strive for freedom from the Russian bear are in for a new wave of repression and tyranny from Russia just as certainly as Ahmadinejad will keep his job as the leader of the Islamic State of Iran.

When Putin realizes that Obama, and his socialist minions, have adopted a new American Isolationism with respect to the worlds thugs it’s a lead pipe cinch that he’ll reassemble the old Soviet Empire and get Obama to apologize to Putin for sending a snotty note. Obama is out to remake America in the image of Carl Marx and Malcolm X and his foreign policy will be, as the French President observed, naive and weak.  Putin would be crazy to let this opportunity pass him by.  Just watch.

Here’s a piece from Fox News about the Russian War Games:

Russia Holds Major War Games in Caucasus

Monday , June 29, 2009

 

 

Thousands of troops, backed by hundreds of tanks, artillery and other heavy weaponry, began rumbling through the North Caucasus on Monday, as Russia began its largest military exercises since last year’s war with Georgia.

The Caucasus 2009 war games are being seen by many experts as a warning shot for nearby Georgia, where the government says it has rearmed armed forces and where NATO recently wrapped up its own exercises.

Experts say the exercises may also be signal to the United States that Russia will give no ground on its efforts to maintain an exclusive sphere of influence in Georgia and other former Soviet republics. The games run through July 6 — the day that President Barack Obama arrives in Moscow for a highly anticipated summit with Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev.

Defense Ministry official say more than 8,500 troops will take part, along with nearly 200 tanks, armored vehicles, 100 artillery units and several units from Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet.

The exercises, which are being personally overseen by Gen. Nikolai Makarov, the chief of Russia’s General Staff, are structured around a theoretical crisis situation that spirals out of control into open fighting, the ministry said.

Tensions remain high between Russia and Georgia, which lost authority over the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia during the war in August. Russia has been building military bases, storage facilities for supplies and roads in the two regions, which Moscow recognized as independent, and around 6,000 troops are based in each region.

Moscow has been openly hostile to Georgia’s ambitions to join NATO and has signaled that it would not tolerate any other ex-Soviet republics from joining the alliance.

Still, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has not backed down on his drive for NATO membership and his efforts to draw closer to the United States.

Last month, NATO wrapped up a month of its own training exercises in Georgia, though just a few hundreds troops participated. Despite the small size of the games, Russia was irked, calling them a provocation.

Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Kolmakov was quoted by Russian media on Monday as saying that the Caucasus 2009 exercises were adjusted as a result of the NATO games and would be “quite major, as compared with those that were conducted in Soviet times.”

NATO and Russia over the weekend agreed to resume military ties that had been frozen after the Georgian war.

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