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THE RUSSIAN RAPE OF GEORGIA Print E-mail
Written by Ralph Peters   
Saturday, 09 August 2008

As I write this in the early morning hours of August 9, Russian tanks grind into a brave and isolated democratic state.

Assuming that the world's attention would focus on Beijing, Moscow stage-managed an elaborate act of aggression against Georgia.

But the world has changed since Soviet tanks rolled unchallenged into Afghanistan at Christmastime 29 years ago. Global communications now spotlight aggression instantly.

Yesterday, millions around the world didn't watch the Olympic opening ceremonies (the Chinese must be furious at the Russians). Instead, they saw images of Soviet - sorry, I meant Russian - aircraft pounding Georgian territory as Russian armor rolled over the Caucasus Mountains.

So let's discuss the background, what just happened, and what happens next.
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THE PHONY, BRUTAL, SLOPPY, AND INEPT INVASION OF GEORGIA Print E-mail
Written by Col. Ralph Peters   
Monday, 11 August 2008

Russia is continuing its invasion of free, democratic Georgia with overwhelming military force. Given the raw power Russia has been willing to apply, there's no question as to which side will win.

But one of the many untold stories of this fateful war is how poorly Russian forces are performing - despite careful planning and extensive preparations.

Putin, currently in his "Wolfschanze" in Vladikavkaz, must be especially furious with his pride and joy, the Russian air force.

The inept performance of the Russian air force may have been the most striking feature of the war thus far. Again, numbers alone guarantee a Russian win. The abysmal performance of Russian pilots has been on display for all the world to see -  although, once again, the media don't understand what they're witnessing.
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THE RUSSIAN OIL OLYMPICS Print E-mail
Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Saturday, 09 August 2008

Russian tanks are rolling again, but why now?

For one thing, the high oil prices that have propped up the Russian economy are now faltering.  The bubble has burst.  The Russian stock market (RTS) dropped 25% so far this year

This stock crash is in spite of vast Russian oil profits.  With most of the Russian oil money looted from Russia, and now Russian oil prices falling, the economy is suffering.  Real estate has been more expensive in Moscow than in anyplace in the world.  That bubble too may now change.

As Jack said yesterday (8/08) "Russia has no future beyond ephemerally high oil prices.  Once they crash, so does Russia." 

The orchestration of high oil prices has fallen apart since America (meaning the Republicans) finally started to get serious about oil supplies.  With the future showing cheaper oil, what supported the gluttonous Russian mafia has disappeared.  The Putinistas know this, and need a distraction to keep the people feeling powerful and Russian. 

And of course, what is a more nationalistic time to show Russia's power but at the start of the Olympics?  The whole operation is awash in testosterone.
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GEORGIA AND THE MORAL BANKRUPTCY OF LIBERALS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 14 August 2008

Did you see the huge crowd outside the Russian Embassy in Washington DC protesting the war in Georgia?

Neither did I. Now that we have a genuine war of aggression, the silence on the Left is deafening.

"You might think, at a moment such as this, that the moral calculus would be pretty well understood," the Washington Post said in an editorial today (8/14). 

"Russian troops are occupying large swaths of Georgia, a tiny neighboring country, and sacking its military bases.  Russian jets have roamed the Georgian skies, bombing civilian and military targets alike. Russian ships are said to be controlling Georgia's port of Poti, while militia under Russia's control reportedly massacre Georgian civilians.  Yet in Washington, the foreign policy sophisticates cluck and murmur that, after all, the Georgians should have known better than to chart an independent course."

It is scandalous to liberals that terrorists at Gitmo don't have easy access to lawyers, but most don't care how many Georgians the Russians kill.

Vladimir Putin is counting on this.
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THE WAR IS ON, WE MUST FIND A WAY TO WIN IT Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Friday, 15 August 2008

We've got war already, and it was a big war, long before the invasion of Georgia. The battlefield runs from Afghanistan into Somalia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Israel, across northern Africa, and deep into Europe. The latest Russian gambit is part of that big war, as any of our friends and allies in the war zone will tell you.

Insofar as America is seen as weak, our enemies will redouble their actions and our friends will hold back, fearing that association with us will not protect them, and single them out for attack. Those consequences are immediate, traveling across the airwaves of the BBC and al Jazeera and the other propaganda outlets favored by our enemies.

Once you grasp the full dimensions of the war, it becomes easier to conceive useful options, military and other. We are well placed to demonstrate that this is not a one-way street. The Russians think they have shown that it's costly to be a friend of the United States. We need to show that there can be a high price for friendship with Russia.
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CONGRESS AS THE CAUSE OF THE COST OF GAS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Thursday, 14 August 2008

There are hundreds of years of oil supplies (at present and projected consumption levels) if oil in oil sands and shale is properly included in reserves.   And it can be produced at a cost of $35-$50 a barrel.

Does it seem a bit odd that the current price of oil is between two and three times the cost of producing all the oil the world presently needs and will need long into the future? The reason the price is so high is that the supply has been artificially constrained by governments.

Take our Congress.  Some politicians there argue that even if the U.S. government started to allow increased production, that it would be seven to 10 years or more before there would be additional output. This is nonsense.

Yet the very same politicians who claim we cannot increase oil production quickly are often the same ones who tell us we need to move to alternative forms - windmills and solar, etc. - without seeming to understand these desirable technologies will take far more time to meet the goals of "energy independence" than ramping up oil production.
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CHARACTER AND INTEGRITY, AMERICA AND CHINA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 15 August 2008

The location of the Olympic Games in Beijing this year, because of the nature of fascist China, complicates something that should be very simple and focused. For me, what makes these games so moving is witnessing the character, integrity, and excellence of the athletes.

Unfortunately, this has now been compromised.  One of the great mistakes of rewarding China with the Olympic Games is that it has given them freer reign to cheat.

With China I now think of the willingness to cheat as a means to put on a good show, a good face. This is the reputation they as a country are earning, whether any particular athlete is deserving of it. This is the national character that they have nurtured, the reputation that they are earning by their actions as a nation.
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TALIBAN ISO'S Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 15 August 2008


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THE EVIL EMPIRE OF THE 21ST CENTURY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 August 2008

Ronald Reagan first condemned the Soviet Union as an "evil empire" in a speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando Florida on March 8, 1983. 

Publicly naming the explicit nature of Soviet imperialism provided the necessary focus for those of us working on a strategy to rid the world of it - a strategy the press called the Reagan Doctrine.  Less than eight years after President Reagan spoke those immortal words, the Soviet Union was no more.

Ex-KGB agent Vladimir Putin is determined to resurrect this evil empire with oil billions, gangster capitalism, and Russian thuggery.  But Russia is dying demographically and by 2015 half the Russian Army will be Moslem.  By 2020 or maybe before, the eastern half of Russian Siberia will be Chinese Siberia (TTP, November 2006).

Russia has no future beyond ephemerally high oil prices.  Once they crash, so does Russia.

So is there an heir to the title of Evil Empire in this new century?  Yes.  It is China.

One principal reason is that the internal structure of the former Soviet Union and China are the same.  One benefit of the Beijing Olympics is to make that blindingly clear.
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HALF FULL REPORT 08/08/08 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 08 August 2008

This week we'll be talking a lot about numbers.  It's a mark of a primitive brain to be superstitious about particular ones, to believe that certain numbers are "lucky" or "unlucky."

For all their vaunted rationality, most Chinese for example have a Stone Age superstition that the number 8 brings good fortune.  So they quite purposefully are having their Olympics begin today, 08/08/08, precisely at 8:08pm Beijing time.

People with primitive beliefs are vulnerable.  If the Chicom Olympics don't live up to expectations, don't bring China the world's adoration and respect, then the Chicoms risk losing the "Mandate of Heaven" - the superstitious belief that fate favors them.

Watch the Games unfold over the next two weeks with that context in mind.  There's a lot more drama going on than just in the athletic contests.

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Now for fun with numbers.  Magic numbers.  The most magic number in America right now is 112.
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REPLACING INCOME TAXES WITH AN UNDER 10% NATIONAL SALES TAX Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Friday, 08 August 2008

Tax increase advocates argue we must increase taxes to reduce the deficit. The problem is that tax increases slow economic growth, resulting in diminished growth in the tax base while, at the same time, increasing the pressure for more government spending.

If Congress were to act responsibly (yes, an oxymoron), it would hold down the growth of spending, as was done in the late 1980s and late 1990s, and eliminate those government programs that do not meet a reasonable cost-benefit test. As has been shown before, such actions would quickly eliminate the deficit.

The good news is that the actual numbers show that it is possible to responsibly develop a program to eliminate the income tax and replace it with a relatively low-rate (less than 10 percent) sales tax. Not the 23 or 30% proposed by "Fair Tax" advocates, but under 10%.  Here's how.
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WHAT HAPPENED TO JUSTICE IN AMERICA? Print E-mail
Written by Dana Rohrabacher   
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

What happened to justice in America?  It certainly wasn't served on July 28 when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the unjust convictions of Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. 

During the appellate court's hearing on December 3, 2007, the judges exhibited a disapproving posture towards the government's case.  My communications director, Tara Setmayer, witnessed one of the appellate judges say first hand, "it does seem the government overreacted" in this prosecution. 

The judges questioned why the prosecutors "stacked" the charges and got the government's attorney to admit their drug-smuggling star witness "told some lies.". 

Yet the judges, after almost eight months of deliberation,  issued a 46 page ruling in complete contrast to what happened in court. What could have possibly happened between the December 3rd hearing and now? 
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DESTROYER OF THE GULAG BUT NO LOVER OF FREEDOM Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Ariel Cohen   
Thursday, 07 August 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who died Sunday (8/03) of heart failure at age 89, was a titan in Russian literature and politics of the 20th century. He survived the Stalinist purges, World War II, eight years in the gulag, a successful battle with cancer, and communist denunciation. After spending 18 years exiled in America, he made a triumphant return to his homeland in 1994.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn's life was full of contradictions. Together with another giant, Russian Nobel Prize winning physicist Andrei Sakharov and fellow dissidents, he contributed greatly to the exposure of totalitarian socialism's moral bankruptcy.

However, he was a harsh critic of liberal democracy, and of America, despite the fact that it gave him shelter and protection during his difficult years of exile. A Harvard commencement speech in which he accused Americans of hedonism and cowardice became a scandal. While his family became U.S. citizens, he refused to do so.

Russia today probably approaches Mr. Solzhenitsyn's ideal.
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NOBAMASENSE Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 07 August 2008

Barack Hussein Obama's efforts to explain his energy policy indicate why his campaign has emphasized celebrity over issues.  The liberal San Francisco Chronicle says he is offering "more flip-flops than a Lake Tahoe souvenir stand."

In a speech in Lansing, Michigan Monday (8/04), Mr. Obama  called for release of 70 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  As the AP's Tom Raum noted in his lead, this was a reversal of a position he had taken less than a month before. 

"The strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency," Sen. Obama said in a press availability in St. Louis July 7: 

"You have a situation, let's say, where there was a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia that was destroyed as a consequence of terrorist acts, and you suddenly had huge amounts of oil taken out of the world market, we wouldn't just be seeing $4 a gallon oil.  We could see a situation where entire sectors of the country had no oil to function at all.  And that's what the strategic oil reserve has to be for."

Now, apparently, a drop in the opinion polls is reason enough to tap the strategic petroleum reserve.
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POLITICIANS ALWAYS BLAME THE PROBLEMS THEY CAUSE ON OTHERS Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Tuesday, 05 August 2008

Two of the following three news stories are true and one is not. Which ones do you think are true?

Story No. 1:
"A new commission appointed by Norway will investigate ways of putting a stop to the huge flows of money into tax havens. Tax evasion and corruption are believed to cost poor countries at least $50 billion a year (according to an estimate by Oxfam International)."

Story No. 2:
"A new commission created by several small low-income non-oil producing nations was established to seek ways of forcing oil rich nations to share their oil revenue with poor nations."

Story No. 3:
"Senators declare war on offshore havens. Congressional scrutiny of the offshore vehicles used by companies, investment funds and wealthy individuals is increasing."
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