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Russia expands Georgia blitz

August 10th, 2008 . by TexasFred

Georgia calls for cease-fire, Moscow says troops aren’t withdrawing

TBILISI, Georgia – Russia battled Georgian forces on land and sea, reports said late Sunday, despite a Georgian cease-fire offer and its claim to be withdrawing from South Ossetia, the separatist Georgian province battered by days of intense fighting.

Russia claimed to have sunk a Georgian boat that was trying to attack Russian vessels in the Black Sea, and Georgian officials said Russia sent tanks from South Ossetia into Georgia proper, heading toward a strategic city before being turned back.

Russian planes on Sunday twice bombed an area near the Georgian capital’s airport, officials said.

The violence appeared to show Russia’s determination to subdue diminutive, U.S.-backed Georgia, even at the risk of international reproach. Russia fended off a wave of international calls to observe Georgia’s cease-fire, saying it must first be assured that Georgian troops have indeed pulled back from South Ossetia.

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I know that Georgia is supposed to be our ally, I know we’re supposed to back our allies and support them in any way we possibly can and I fully expect that this is what the USA will do, but there IS a valuable lesson in military tactics and strategies at work here and George W. Bush needs to pay attention.

“We have made it clear to the Russians that if the disproportionate and dangerous escalation on the Russian side continues, that this will have a significant long-term impact on U.S.-Russian relations,” U.S. deputy national security adviser Jim Jeffrey told reporters.

Significant long-term impact?? OK, that’s a good thing, but Mr. Bush needs to understand, the Russians, right or wrong, are waging war the way war was meant to be waged.

You don’t WIN a war by playing tit for tat and patty-cakes, you WIN by using disproportionate force, and by using it often. You KILL as many of the enemy as you can possibly kill and you inflict as much damage on their infrastructure as you possibly can. That is the very nature of WAR, but to know that you must 1st BE a warrior, and our current leadership is anything but warrior like!

If Mr. Bush, or any future leader of this nation doesn’t have the BALLS to wage war in that manner, they have NO business being the President of the United States. And if our leadership is not prepared to use disproportionate force the next time WE go into battle, then we, as a nation of FREE people, are done for!


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U.S. military admits Iraqi civilians killed

July 28th, 2008 . by TexasFred

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military admitted Sunday that American soldiers killed civilians after opening fire on a car last month on the heavily secured Baghdad airport road.

The statement — which called the man and two women killed “law abiding citizens of Iraq” — reversed earlier military claims that they were suspected militants who shot at a parked American convoy.

But the military blamed the shooting on a series of misunderstandings and said “neither the soldiers nor civilians involved in the incident were at fault.”

The June 25 shooting deaths sparked controversy after Iraqi officials identified the three people killed as bank employees, not militants. The initial military statement claiming they were suspected militants raised concerns because it suggested that the tight security on the road leading to the Baghdad international airport had been penetrated.

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The road to Baghdad International Airport (BIA) is a highly volatile route, Route Irish. And it’s a favorite target for the IED bombers simply because American troops maintain a very high profile in the area, and as such, the troops get a bit nervous.

I don’t condemn our troops for firing, not in any way, they honestly felt they were being threatened and they addressed that threat in the only way they could.

My Son was in Baghdad back in 2004/2005 with the 256th BCT Louisiana Army National Guard, they worked in conjunction with the 69th New York Army National Guard. My son knew some of the guys involved in the incident where an Italian journalist was shot and one of her security officers was killed.

SPC Mario Lozano, Co. A, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, New York Army National Guard has been indicted for murder in Italy in connection with the death of Italian secret service agent Major General Nicola Calipari. Mr. Calipari was shot and killed while trying to run a U.S. checkpoint along Route Irish in Baghdad, Iraq in March of 2005. Mr. Calipari and other Italian agents had just rescued kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who was wounded in the incident. A complete investigation of the incident exonerated SPC Lozano and the unit clearly acted within the applicable Rules of Engagement.

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Tensions have always run high on the road to BIA, and will always run high as long as U.S. military personnel are targets of opportunity for the bombers and murderers of *The Religion of Peace*.

War is an imperfect science, troops make mistakes, it happens, and when it does, innocent people die, and while regrettable, as long as there is a human factor involved in the art of WAR, mistakes will continue to happen and collateral damage will continue to occur.


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