- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In reference to William F. Shughart II’s Sunday Commentary column, “Russia’s bare knuckles,” I would like to refer Mr. Shughart to The Washington Times’ same-day Page One story “Ex-monitor faults Georgia for August war,” which disproves his vicious attack on Russia. Russia didn’t invade and occupy South Ossetia.

He also said Russia aspires to be a superpower. Russia is already a superpower in that it is the world’s second-largest producer of oil, as he said. It also has vast quantities of numerous strategic mineral resources/assets. It has the second-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

The powers that be wanted Ryan Grist, head of a team of monitors for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to resign. It is no secret that Europe will do whatever the United States wants, including forcing out a 16-year OSCE veteran. Congress often writes legislation that is punitive or rewarding to get other members in the United Nations or the secretary-general of the United Nations to do what the United States wants. Failure to comply with U.S. demands will bring the wrath and vengeance of the United States in the form of economic and/or military consequences, no exceptions, except one ally. Mr. Grist is not the first, nor will be the last, the United States has forced to resign, quietly.

SANDRA JONES

Falls Church

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