Friday, August 15, 2008

Regarding Russia's Blitzkrieg In Georgia

I just read a very astute summation of the current Russian invasion of Georgia:

Want a straightforward indication of what the Russians intend? Putin's code-name for this operation is Chistoye Polye. Literally translated, that means "clean field." In military parlance, it means "scorched earth."

The empire of the czars hasn't produced such a frightening genius since Stalin.

You should read the rest of the article by Ralph Peters. I think that he hits the nail right on the head as opposed to Patrick Buchanan, who clearly did not have any background to the events leading up to Russia's invasion. Those who are surprised by this action by Russia will no doubt be surprised when China does something similar in Taiwan.

Georgia may have given Putin the excuse he needed, but the invasion was going to happen one way or the other. President Bush grossly misjudged Putin, and it would seem that Putin did not return the favor.

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