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November 6, 2008
Holbrooke outlines approach to Afghanistan and Russia

Richard Holbrooke, an assistant secretary of state for European and Canadian affairs, speaks with Martin Savidge about the international challenges awaiting the next U.S. president, including complex difficulties in Afghanistan and a newly aggressive Russia.

Holbrooke, a former ambassador to the United Nations, is touted as a possible secretary of state in the Obama administration.

See the first part of Holbrooke’s interview here





Holbrooke is 100% right on Russia and Roberto is wrong. The NYTimes report says nothing of the sort. It deals with minor details, blown out of proportions. “Without any provocation”? Are you kidding me? Russia was preparing for this invasion for years. Russia illegally pored tones of weapons and soldiers in SO and Abkhazia starting in spring of 2008. Don’t forget this is internationally recognized territory of Georgia. They amassed tens of thousands of their troops right at Georgian border. Their military airplanes flew in and out of Georgian airspace as if they were at home. Even Russian newspapers reported that Russian regulars were already in Georgia prior to the attack. If these are not provocations then what is? Roberto, leave this issue to professionals like Holbrooke. He actually knows what he is talking about.


I disagree with Mr. Holbrooke regarding “threats” from Russia for the Obama team to deal with. First, why is Russia a threat? Holbrooke must be referring to the Georgia/Russia war. If so, does he not agree that Georgia was the agressor? Today there is the lead story on page 1 of the NYTimes indicating that Saakashvili started shelling Tskhinvali, capital of South Ossetia, without any provocation from the Russians. If this is true, then how is Russia a “threat” to the United States? Somehow people like Holbrooke want to blame Russia and demonize the Russians. The threat to peace comes from statements such as made by Holbrooke. I want Obama to slice through the obfuscation on Georgia and repair the working relations between the U.S. and Russia.

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