Obama urges restraint by Russia and Georgia

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) gives a speech as the crowd looks on at Keehi Lagoon Park in Honolulu, Hawaii August 8, 2008. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)

Although, Obama is on vacation he has responded to the current conflict in Georgia where the Russian army has attacked and is currently in a pitch battle with crack paramilitary units out of Georgia along the border with Russia in South Ossetia. Yesterday, Russia poured over the border with tanks and warplanes. the dispute is over the sovereign right of South Ossetia and whether it should remain a Georgian or Russian province. Currently Georgia is a western style democracy and has the third highest troop levels in Iraq next to The United States and Great Britian those troops 3000 of them are now be recalled to help defend Georgia. This is the first time we\’ve seen Russian combat forces in action since Afghanistan and could be a sign of how the new President of Russia Mendeleev will govern…

Has Georgia Overreached in Ossetia?

Barack Obama urged both countries to restrain from further bloody conflict and to halt the violence yesterday\’s statement:

\”I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict,\” Obama said in a statement. \”Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full-scale war. Georgia\’s territorial integrity must be respected.\”

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., talks to the media about the Georgia Russia incident, Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, during a refueling stop in Sacramento, Calif. prior to heading to Hawaii for a vacation.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Russia and Georgia conflict

Georgia and Russia Nearing All-Out War

A map of Georgia showing the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russian warplanes on Saturday carried out bombing raids across Georgia, reportedly leaving scores dead, as a conflict over control of South Ossetia widened well beyond the breakaway region.(AFP/Graphic)

Georgian soldiers sit in the back of a truck during the armed conflict with South Ossetian separatists, in the town of Gori. US military trainers based in Georgia are not involved in the hostilities between Russian and Georgian forces in breakaway South Ossetia, US military officials said Friday.(AFP/Vano Shlamov)

How Georgia Fell Into Its Enemies\’ Trap

Georgian soldiers evacuate their base after a Russian bombardment in Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi, August 9, 2008. Russia said it had driven Georgian forces from the capital of South Ossetia on Saturday as part of an operation to force Georgia to accept peace in its breakaway region.REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (GEORGIA)

A Georgian man cries as he holds the body of his relative after a bombardment in Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi, August 9, 2008. A Russian warplane dropped a bomb on an apartment block in Gori on Saturday, killing at least 5 people, a Reuters reporter said. The bomb hit the five-story building close to Georgia\’s embattled breakaway province of South Ossetia when Russian warplanes carried out a raid against military targets around the town.REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (GEORGIA)

The War That Russia Wants

A blood stained flying helmet near a body of person claimed to be a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot by Georgian forces in the conflict with Russia over the separatist province of South Ossetia, seen at an unknown location in Georgia, in this image made from television Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008. Georgia said it has shot down 10 Russian planes, including four brought down Saturday. Russia said two its planes were downed.(AP Photo/NTV Russian Channel)

Notice the Russian soldier is not holding the Russian flag but the old Soviet Union red flag as his unit heads to South Ossetia.

A soldier aboard an armored vehicle outside the Russian city of Vladikavkaz holds a Soviet flag as he heads toward the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.(AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

Taunting the Bear

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The News about John Edwards is very disappointing and i hope for the best for Elizabeth Edwards and their family…

Former U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former Senator John Edwards (D-NC) waits in a hallway before campaigning at the
Capanna Coffee Company in Iowa City in this file photo January 2, 2008. Edwards has admitted to having had an extramarital affair with a woman he met in a New York City bar in 2006, ABC News reported on August 8, 2008.REUTERS/John Gress/files (UNITED STATES)

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On a lighter note the Chinese Opening Ceremony was stunning and a good start for the games.

Fireworks explode after the Olympic cauldron is lit during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium August 8, 2008 in this photo distributed by China\’s official Xinhua News Agency.(Xinhua/Yang Lei/Reuters)

Fireworks explode at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008. The stadium is also known as the Bird\’s Nest.(Tim Wimborne/Reuters)

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