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(and make no mistake, Russia has never stopped thinking of us and the rest of the democratized world as their adversaries) don’t start whining it’s everyones fault but yours

“The American side in fact armed and trained the Georgian army,” ITAR-Tass quoted Putin as saying in the interview. “Why hold years of difficult talks and seek complex compromise solutions in interethnic conflicts? It’s easier to arm one side and push it into the murder of the other side, and it’s over.”

when you’re facing the consequences, even from China.

According to ITAR-Tass, he also said: “If my guesses are confirmed, then the suspicion is raised that somebody in the United States purposefully created this conflict with the aim of aggravating the situation and creating an advantage … for one of the candidates in the battle for the post of U.S. president.”

Oh, please! That’s just plain pathetic and smacks of projection when you consider it’s the Russian military that’s been present in Abkhazia and S. Ossetia since 1994 and began sending even more unannounced Russian troops into the area well before August.  Mr. Putin embarrasses himself and his country with his ridiculous and unsupported claims.

Contrary to the above AP video report, Michael Totten is now in Tbilisi, Georgia and writes in his report, The Truth About Russia in 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.

It’s rather lengthy, but well worth the time to read the whole thing.

10:38 pm EST

UPDATE @ 11:45 pm EST:  Forgot to mention that if you think Russia isn’t conducting an information war, think again.  Even McClatchy reported the Russian claims regarding Tskhinvali, Georgia and genocide were unsubstantiated after an unescorted trip through the city.

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The USS McFaul, an Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer, and the first of three United States ships scheduled to arrive this week with humanitarian aid for Georgians, dropped anchor at the Georgian port of Batumi today.  The port of Batumi is 30 miles south of the Russian-occupied port of Poti.  Stay alert guys!

There’s other current information on the conflict at both links.

2:03 pm EST

UPDATE @ 3:13 pm EST:  Instapundit links to a post at Wired’s Danger Room noting the other two ships scheduled to deliver Georgian aid are the USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716) and the USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20).  Rumor is that Polish and Canadian frigates will be escorting the USS Mount Whitney.  Interestingly, Dallas also utilizes helicopters.  In addition, Danger Room notes the Russians have announced that their only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is heading to the eastern Mediterranean, and further notes that in 1991 the Kuznetsov illegally transited Turkey’s Bosporus Strait from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

You can follow information on our humanitarian aid to Georgia at the Headquarters United States European Command website.

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Khatuna Lorig, Georgia-born United States citizen and an archer on the U.S. Olympic team, who was chosen by the U.S. team to be our flag bearer in today’s closing ceremony.  Her parents were forced to flee their home in Gori, Georgia to her brother’s home in the capital of Tbilisi after the Russian invasion.

12:50 pm EST

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I’ve been closely following information, as well as political and military analysis, from various bloggers regarding the Russian invasion of Georgia since it began.  The Russians have been brutal and determined to have their own way.  They are currently refusing to pull out of Georgia despite two prior agreements to do so.  In addition, they are thumbing their noses at the U.S., the EU, and NATO.  Blackfive and Argghhh! have had many excellent posts on the situation.  One particularly good one that will help you understand Russia’s intentions and the geographical importance of Georgia is Why Not Ossetian Independence? at Argghhh!

If you haven’t been closely following the crisis in Georgia but would like to learn more, Michael Totten, an independent journalist and blogger, arrived in Tbilisi, Georgia a few days ago.  You can read his first report at City Journal. (via Instapundit)

On a related note, did you know that the 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Sochi, Russia?  In light of Russia’s actions in Georgia, there’s a petition to take the games away from Russia. (via Instapundit)

10:48 pm EST

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