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August 11, 2008

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Quentin Todd

I am not sure the Zbigniew Brzezinski interview is very helpful, that is comparing with Hitler, Stalin etc. In my view there are very different dynamics happening here and we in the west may have to read more history to fully grasp the situation wioth Ossetia-which is the key to the current conflict. I don't fully understand it however wouldn't go that far in comparing Putin with Stalin or Hitler's operations of conquest. I will endeavour today to research some more and get back to you on this.I have two questions: what is really happening in Ossetia? and two, could really be about the pipeline to the Caspian?

A.E.

See Zenpundit's round-up for a good mesh of opinion and info http://zenpundit.com/?p=2826 as well as this op-ed http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0811/p09s03-coop.html

It's not about the oil purely, but Putin is using this as an opportunity to project power into his near-abroad and the area of the traditional Great Game. That being said, as I've noted before, the Georgians largely brought this on themselves and we in America especially are blind to the extent by which we have been fooled by Georgian lobbyists and friends in the media.

Adrian

Who has been calling for a new NSC-68? I haven't seen that anywhere but I haven't been following this that closely. The lesson that I have taken from this incident is, it still sucks to be Russia's neighbor.

A.E.

Of course, no one has explicitly, but the calls for a new kind of rollback against Russia by conservatives like William Kristol, Robert Kagan, Ralph Peters, and even normally level-headed observers like the SWJ's Bob Killebrew amount to a new kind of NSC-68.

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