Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Please Keep Off the Grass

We continue to remind Russia that there is a risk to Russia should Russia attack Georgia again:

A U.S. warship anchored off Georgia for joint military exercises Tuesday while Russian jets pounded mock targets nearby in a sign of lingering tensions over the former Soviet nation turned U.S. ally.

The U.S. and Russian maneuvers marked a stark change in tone from meetings last week between President Barack Obama and Russia's Dmitry Medvedev, who expressed hope for repairing relations that have sunk to a post-Cold War low.

During meetings in Moscow last week, Obama warned Moscow to respect the territorial integrity of Georgia and reject the notion that it holds a zone of privileged interest among its former Soviet neighbors. Russia praised the U.S. administration, but made no concessions in its long-running dispute with the West over its role in the post-Soviet space.

I hope that we've spent the last ten months training the Georgian army to hold in the face of a fast armored onlslaught. And I hope that includes a lot more anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles in their inventory.

Because the Russians may be very interested in a new round of fighting.