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Putin’s lesson for Obama: “words are for sissies!” (Ralph Peters)

“Words” may matter to Obama because he’s a Harvard-trained lawyer who can use them to find a “nuanced” way out of sticky situations, but Putin has demonstrated powerfully by his rape of poor little Georgia that “words” only matter where there is rule of law.

Obama will go to Putin’s knife fight armed with a book of poetry. If he becomes our champion, we deserve what we get.

Ralph Peters covers this matter nicely in THE PEACE-AT-ANY-PRICE PERIL (NYPost).

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Ralph Peters: “RUSSIA’S GEORGIA WIN” (NY Post)

In my opinion, Col. Ralph Peters has been offering the best summaries of the Russia-Georgia situation and continued to do so yesterday in the NY Post. As much as I agree with Col Peters that Russia is the clear winner, it is important to note that there is a silver lining to this catastrophe in the Caucasus.

If Putin had waited until after the 2008 Presidential Election, Obama’s chances would have been much greater and a much weakened U.S. would have worked to Russia’s advantage as they continue to reign in their democracy loving neighbors. Lucky for the West and for McCain, Putin and Russia will be major issues in the campaign from here on out–creating a leadership vacuum tailor-made for McCain.

Thanks “Pootie-Poot” for at least one not-so-small favor.

Here’s excerpt and link to the article in yesterday’s Post

Russia won. Diplomacy failed. No state or alliance will reverse the decision. When President Bush spoke out strongly on Friday, Moscow ignored him: Words mean nothing to Prime Minister Putin, a man who regards all compromise as weakness.

Instead of backing down, Russia suggested that Poland might become a nuclear target for agreeing to host our defensive missile system.

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Ralph Peters’ assessment of the Georgia-Russia conflict. (NY Post)

For my money, Col Peters usually does a pretty darned good job of summing up a military situation.

In today’s NY Post, he gives us his take on what Russia is up to in Georgia. Excerpt and link…

What just happened? The Kremlin decided it was time to act, since Georgia was only growing stronger under its democratically elected government. Although NATO has been hemming and hawing about admitting Georgia, the Russians didn’t want to take any chances. (Just last month, 1,000 US troops were in Georgia for an exercise.)

Calculating that the media and world leaders would be partying in Beijing, the Russians ordered North Ossetian militiamen, backed by Russian “peacekeepers” and mercenaries, to provoke the Georgians earlier this month.

Weary of the Russian presence on their soil, the Georgians took the bait. President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered his US-trained military to respond.

That was the excuse the Kremlin wanted. Immediately, a tank brigade from Russia’s 58th Army (the butchers of Chechnya) crossed the international border into Poland – sorry, I meant Georgia.

How do I know that the Russians set a trap? Simple: Given the wretched state of Russian military readiness, that brigade could never have shot out of its motor pool on short notice. The Russians obviously “task-organized” the force in advance to make sure it would have working tanks with competent crews.

Otherwise, broken-down vehicles would’ve lined those mountain roads.

The Russians planned it. And they hope to push it to the limit.

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From the campaign trail, Obama has postponed his Hawaiian vacation and will fly to Atlanta to meet with Governor Sonny Purdue so that he might get a first-hand look at this attack on the U.S. mainland.

Additionally, he has called on President Bush to put the National Guard Units of all 57 states on full alert.;-)

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Obama’s Parallel Universe (John Bolton)

Obama’s speech in Berlin hit its target market–provided its target market was those like Obama who, in the words of Ralph Peters, “couldn’t be persuaded to study history.” Obama makes up history in the same manner that he made up his autobiography–he molds the past to fit his purpose.

Here’s Bolton’s take on the surreal Obama Weltanschauung (excerpt and link)…

One world? Obama’s on a different planet
The senator’s Berlin speech was radical and naive.
By John R. Bolton
LA Times
July 26, 2008

SEN. BARACK OBAMA said in an interview the day after his Berlin speech that it “allowed me to send a message to the American people that the judgments I have made and the judgments I will make are ones that are going to result in them being safer.”

If that is what the senator thought he was doing, he still has a lot to learn about both foreign policy and the views of the American people. Although well received in the Tiergarten, the Obama speech actually reveals an even more naive view of the world than we had previously been treated to in the United States. In addition, although most of the speech was substantively as content-free as his other campaign pronouncements, when substance did slip in, it was truly radical, from an American perspective.

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Ralph Peters on Obama: Stunningly naive on national security!

UPDATE 8/9/2008: For Ralph Peters fans, see his article posted here today…Ralph Peters’ assessment of the Georgia-Russia conflict. (NY Post)

In Ralph Peters’ current article in the New York Post, he doesn’t mince words about Obama’s painfully poor grasp of national security issues. He also makes another point that is completely new to our ears and shocking if true. Peters says:

Those who knew Obama in his university days claim that he couldn’t be persuaded to study history.

This would go a long way in explaining many of Obama’s gaffes and misstatements. If true, and we have no reason to believe Peters would make such a claim if not based on evidence, Obama would be as dangerously naive as he seems.

One can only hope that the MSM eventually comes to its senses and helps to expose this “Chauncey Gardiner” for the empty suit he is.

Read the Ralph Peters article here…

“OBAMA VS. OSAMA: PROMISES AREN’T PLANS, BARACK”

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Secretary of Defense Gates and the Air Force (Ralph Peters)

Lt Col Ralph Peters praises Gates as possibly the best SecDef this country has ever had. Here’s an excerpt and a link to his article in the NYPost

Gates’ most-recent demonstration of patriotic guts involved firing the Air Force secretary and chief of staff.

They had it coming. The secretary was oblivious and inert. The chief of staff, Gen. Michael “Buzz” Moseley, thought that the only Air Force missions that mattered were supporting Lockheed Martin and fighting attempts to expand the use of cost-effective UAVs (a k a “drones”).

A member of the Air Force’s notorious “fighter-pilot mafia,” Moseley pushed bankrupting buys of aircraft-without-an-enemy, such as the F-22 – then refused to send that platinum-plated piece of junk to Iraq, where its defects and limitations would’ve been exposed before the buy was complete.

Meanwhile, Moseley and the dozing service secretary continued to neglect our nation’s nuclear deterrent – even after repeated embarrassments showed that mission and safety standards had eroded almost to Soviet levels.

Moseley always had an excuse for every security breach. But Gates wasn’t interested in excuses. Instead, he applied a military axiom: “The maximum effective range of an excuse is zero meters.”

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