Where Is Our Commander In Chief – Where Is Putin
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin described Georgia’s actions as “complete genocide”. Putin also said Georgia had effectively lost the right to rule the breakaway province – an indication Moscow could be preparing to fulfill South Ossetians’ wish to be absorbed into Russia.
Russia also laid much of the responsibility for ending the fighting on Washington, which has trained Georgian troops. Washington, in turned, blamed Russia.
Where is Putin?
Tensions between Moscow and the West have sharpened in recent years, with an increasingly wealthy Russia striving to restore the superpower status it lost with the Soviet collapse.
As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin rushed home from the Beijing Olympics yesterday, President Bush called on Moscow to respect Georgia’s sovereign territory.
After returning from Beijing, Putin installed himself in the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, just over the border from South Ossetia. Once back on Russian turf, Putin was plainly at the helm of war planning – consulting with the military, denouncing Georgia and meeting with South Ossetian refugees.
Where is America’s Commander-In-Chief?
“You know, I’ve just — Laura and I just had the great joy and privilege of worshiping here in Beijing, China. You know, it just goes to show that God is universal, and God is love, and no state, man or woman should fear the influence of loving religion. And I want to thank the pastor for his hospitality. And I want to thank this beautiful choir for singing Amazing Grace and Edelweiss. It was a touching moment. It’s been a joy to worship here. Again, I want to thank you, sir, and God bless you. God bless you.”
This is where actions speak as loud as pictures. Does anyone see a disconnect from reality here?
While Georgia burned Dubya gurned. A tour of patriotic duty took the outgoing American president George W Bush across a sweep of Olympic stadia including the beach volleyball emporium of Chaoyang Park.
The contrast between events in Gori, pummelled by Russian jets, and east Beijing could not have been greater. The Americans, gold medal favourites in the men’s and women’s events, were not even on court.
In swept the world’s most powerful man in dressed-down slacks to join his compatriots in practice. Secret service agents looked on nervously as Dubya flung himself about the sand gingerly in pursuit of a picture opportunity.