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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Russians Never Change, US Presidents Do.


Anyone who follows this blog knows of my contempt for the way in which George W. Bush has diminished our country. Some presidencies have elevated the respect and power of America. I challenge anyone to identify a President that has done more to weaken the Great United States of America through sheer incompetence and dereliction of duty the George Bush, the lessor.

This article caught my attention and reminded me of a time the Russians tried to choke the Berliners from fuel in the winter of 1948. President Harry Truman was in a re-election campaign, presented with his lowest approval rating and the threat of World War III with the Soviet Union over a developing situation in Berlin. It started in the previous summer when The Soviets then cut all surface traffic to West Berlin on June 27.

American ambassador to Britain, John Winnant, stated the accepted Western view when he said that he believed "that the right to be in Berlin carried with it the right of access." The Soviets, however, did not agree. Shipments by rail and the autobahn came to a halt. A desperate Berlin, faced with starvation and in need of vital supplies, looked to the West for help.

The order to begin supplying West Berlin by air was approved later by U.S. General Lucius Clay on June 27. President Truman, wishing to avoid war or a humiliating retreat, supported the air campaign, against many advisors wishes.

Surviving a normally harsh German winter, the airlift carried over two million tons of supplies in 270,000 flights. C47s were used to carry coal.

The blockade of Berlin was finally lifted by the Soviets on May 12, 1949. Berlin became a symbol of the United States resolve to stand up to the Soviet threat without being forced into a direct conflict.

Does anyone believe that the Russians take George W. Bush seriously enough and that he could achieve anything of the same magnitude?

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Russia prepares to halt gas supplies to Ukraine
Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:10pm GMT

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Guy Faulconbridge

MOSCOW/KIEV, Jan 1 (Reuters) -
Russia was preparing to turn off gas deliveries to neighbouring Ukraine on Thursday, raising the spectre of disruptions to European Union supplies.

European states are anxious to avoid a repeat of what happened in January 2006 when, during a similar row, Moscow cut off supplies to Ukraine, causing a brief fall in gas supplies passing through Ukraine on the way to the rest of Europe.

Moscow says it will honour its contracts to supply European customers with gas, and these have enough reserves to manage without Russian supplies for days, but not weeks.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also gave assurances to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that there would be no disruptions to supplies to the EU, the European Commission said in a brief statement.

Pipelines that cross Ukraine carry about one-fifth of the EU's gas needs. A new cut-off could tarnish Russia's reputation as a reliable energy supplier and further undermine Ukraine's crisis-battered economy.


14 comments:

  1. Carter continued his predecessors' policies of imposing sanctions on Rhodesia, and, after Bishop Abel Muzorewa was elected Prime Minister, protested the exclusion of Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo from participating in the elections. Strong pressure from the United States and the United Kingdom prompted new elections in what was then called Zimbabwe Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), which saw Robert Mugabe elected as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe; afterwards, sanctions were lifted, and diplomatic recognition was granted.


    Malaise" speech
    When the energy market exploded – an occurrence Carter desperately tried to avoid during his term – he was planning on delivering his fifth major speech on energy; however, he felt that the American people were no longer listening. Carter went to Camp David for ten days to meet with governors, mayors, religious leaders, scientists, economists and citizens. He sat on the floor and took notes of their comments and especially wanted to hear criticism. His pollster told him that the American people simply faced a crisis of confidence because of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, and Watergate.[57] On July 15, 1979, Carter gave a nationally-televised address in which identified what he believed to be a "crisis of confidence" among the American people. This came to be known as his "malaise" speech, although the word never appeared in it:[4]

    I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy... I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might...

    The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.

    In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.

    I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel... I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people. In the days to come, let us renew that strength in the struggle for an energy-secure nation.

    Iran hostage crisis
    Main article: Iran hostage crisis

    The Iranian Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, meeting with Arthur Atherton, William H. Sullivan, Cyrus Vance, President Jimmy Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1977The main conflict between human rights and U.S. interests came in Carter's dealings with the Shah of Iran. The Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, had been a strong ally of the United States since World War II and was one of the "twin pillars" upon which U.S. strategic policy in the Middle East was built. However, his rule was strongly autocratic, and in 1953 he went along with the Eisenhower Administration in staging a coup to remove the elected Prime Minster, Mohammed Mossadegh.

    On a state visit to Iran, Carter spoke out in favor of the Shah, calling him a leader of supreme wisdom, and a pillar of stability in the volatile Middle East. The speech was apparently never shown on American television.

    When the Iranian Revolution broke out in Iran and the Shah was overthrown, the U.S. did not intervene directly. The Shah went into permanent exile. Carter initially refused him entry to the United States, even on grounds of medical emergency.

    Despite his initial refusal to admit the Shah into the United States, on October 22, 1979, Carter finally granted him entry and temporary asylum for the duration of his cancer treatment; the Shah left for Panama on December 15, 1979. In response to the Shah's entry into the U.S., Iranian militants seized the American embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage.[34] The Iranians demanded:

    the return of the Shah to Iran for trial,
    the return of the Shah's wealth to the Iranian people,
    an admission of guilt by the United States for its past actions in Iran, plus an apology, and
    a promise from the United States not to interfere in Iran's affairs in the future.
    Though later that year the Shah left the U.S. and died in Egypt, the hostage crisis continued and dominated the last year of Carter's presidency. The subsequent responses to the crisis – from a "Rose Garden strategy" of staying inside the White House, to the unsuccessful attempt to rescue the hostages by military means – were largely seen as contributing to Carter's defeat in the 1980 election.


    20% interest rates

    He terminated the Russian Wheat Deal, which was intended to establish trade with USSR and lessen Cold War tensions. The grain exports had been beneficial to people employed in agriculture, and the Carter embargo marked the beginning of hardship for American farmers.

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  2. I don't understand. Why is Russia obliged to sell gas or anything else to Ukraine, when Ukraine is in the rears in its payment for prior supplies from Russia?

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  3. William Henry Harrison. That bastard.



    I was in Berlin on New Years Eve once. Yes I was. 1983/4. We walked to the wall that night from the Ku'damm (too many Irish coffees, I think - see how short it looks on this map?) and then we had ourselves stranded in some dark suburb on an S Bahn line as midnight struck. We got back in time to nimbly dodge dismemberment by the heavily-armed, happily unregulated celebrants. (Not actually armed, as they actually are, with actual rounds, in other places on this occasion.)

    The next day my mother and I went into East Berlin. A few hours that morbidly satisfied a lifetime's worth of curiosity.

    The next time I was in the East it was all for sale.

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  4. President Chester A. Arthur, American Usurper

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    The Noontime of the Glorious Swedish Empire

    Once a 'major European power', we have fallen on unfortunate lesser times, which the ghost of Charles (Karl) XII, occultated, will someday reverse and avenge. Finland, stout renegade Norway, the Baltics, parts of Poland, Russia, northern Germany, all will be brought to heel. We will attain a seat on The Security Council, our birthright, and bring Enlightenment and the Protestant
    Work Ethic to world! 2009--The Year of Stockholm.

    "From peasant hut to Empire, from Reindeer Milk To Champagne"


    Stockholm Map

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  5. Hey, Bob, there no lions up there in Sviden, how come they got them lions depicted on their coat of arms?

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  6. Them's Siberia Toothed Tigers, Mat.

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  7. Me thought Pyotr Alexeyevich put an end to that. :)

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  8. Has understood not absolutely well.

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