"Prime Minster Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia will respond calmly to an increase in NATO ships in the Black Sea in the aftermath of the war with Georgia, but promised that 'there will be an answer.' ... 'We don't understand what American ships are doing on the Georgian shores, but this is a question of taste, it's a decision by our American colleagues,' Mr. Putin reportedly said. 'The second question is why the humanitarian aid is being delivered on naval vessels armed with the newest rocket systems'," WSJ, 3 September 2008.
I agree with BB, who agrees with Spengler, see my 24 and 28 August 2008 posts. Our Russia policy is insane We should accept the fact Russia's interests are not ours. Vladimir the Great's public approval ratings are in the 80s. Why? Because Russians believe, rightly or wrongly he represents them. Not: the US, UN, EU, oligarchs or anyone or anything else. How many Americans believe George Bush is "their" president?
Newsflash: It is an act of war to deliver war materials to a belligerent except on a "cash and carry' basis". Where are our international lawyers on this one? Does anyone remember one thing which drew us into WWI? Extending credit to France and England from 1915 to 1917! EM uses some of my very words: backyard, backfire, childish, petulant, inflammatory. Yes, EM! We are in big trouble here. If Obama, AB Columbia, JD Harvard, wins, the war party wins! War party? McCain, would be more likely to avoid war. Unless the current White House occupant, George Bush, AB Yale, MBA Harvard, drags us into a war before 21 January 2009. Stay tuned.
Good questions Czar. Perhaps the Czar remembers the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident and is not looking to repeat it.