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10:05 AM ET, August 11, 2008


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Tony Halpin / Times of London:
We helped in Iraq - now help us, beg Georgians  —  As Russia forces its neighbour to retreat from South Ossetia, the people of Gori tell our correspondent of betrayal by the West  —  As a Russian jet bombed fields around his village, Djimali Avago, a Georgian farmer, asked me: “Why won't America and Nato help us?
Mikheil Saakashvili / Wall Street Journal:
The War in Georgia Is a War for the West  —  As I write, Russia is waging war on my country.  —  On Friday, hundreds of Russian tanks crossed into Georgian territory, and Russian air force jets bombed Georgian airports, bases, ports and public markets.  Many are dead, many more wounded.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Will Russia Get Away With It?  —  In August 1924, the small nation of Georgia, occupied by Soviet Russia since 1921, rose up against Soviet rule.  On Sept. 16, 1924, The Times of London reported on an appeal by the president of the Georgian Republic to the League of Nations.
New York Times:
Georgia Fight Spreads, Moscow Issues Ultimatum  —  GORI, Georgia — Russia issued an ultimatum to Georgian forces on Monday to surrender completely in and around the western pro-Russian separatist enclave of Abkhazia, in a sign that fighting could escalate on a second front in the west of Georgia.
Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Putin Makes His Move  —  The details of who did what to precipitate Russia's war against Georgia are not very important.  Do you recall the precise details of the Sudeten Crisis that led to Nazi Germany's invasion of Czechoslovakia?  Of course not, because that morally ambiguous dispute …
True colors: Where's the “anti-war” movement on the Russo-Georgia war?  —  The evidence is growing that the Russian's are trying to conquer Georgia and oust its government: … Of course, the Russians have no meaningful justification under international law, far less than the imperfect case …
Why Georgia Lost The War  —  To no one's surprise, the Russians drove back a Georgian attempt to regain control of South Ossetia.  There were several hundred military and civilian casualties.  The fighting apparently began when some South Ossetia militiamen fired across the border at Georgian troops.
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New York Times:
On Slog to Safety, Seething at West  —  GORI, Georgia — In retreat, the Georgian soldiers were so tired they could not keep from stumbling.  Their arms were loaded with rucksacks and ammunition boxes; they had dark circles under their eyes.  Officers ran up and down the line, barking for them to go faster.
Blake Fleetwood / The Huffington Post:
What a Convenient Little War for The Republicans
Washington Post:
Black Sea Watershed
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
7 worrisome signs for Obama  —  A few weeks back, Time magazine was musing that John McCain was in danger of sliding from “a long shot” to a “no-shot.”  Around the same time, a hard-nosed former Hillary Clinton insider declared the race “effectively over” thanks to the McCain campaign's ineptitude …
LATimes / Top of the Ticket:
Now ready for prime time: Michelle Obama
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Associated Press:   Clinton to headline second night of convention
Wolfson: Edwards' Cover-up Cost Clinton the Nomination  —  Aides Say She Would Have Won Iowa if Edwards Affair was Exposed  —  Sen. Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee if John Edwards had been caught in his lie about an extramarital affair and forced out of the race last year …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's VP choice imminent via website, e-mail, text message  —  Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is on vacation in Hawaii tonight.  We believe.  But, thanks to loyal Ticket reader Mark, just minutes ago we learned that the freshman senator's presidential campaign …
Fox News:
Democrats Shrug Off Edwards' Affair, Paternity Questions  —  WASHINGTON — While many questions remain unanswered regarding John Edwards' affair with a woman he hired to produce videos of him, some Democrats are already writing off the impact of the news.  —  Edwards, who admitted on Friday …
Pat Forde / ESPN:
‘No way’ turns into ‘no quit’ for Lezak, men's relay team … BEIJING — Halfway through what might have been the greatest comeback swim in Olympic history, Jason Lezak peered through his goggles at the lane to his right and briefly abandoned hope.  —  “The thought really entered my mind for a split second,” Lezak said.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
For a Week, McCain Has the Trail to Himself  —  LAS VEGAS — As Senator Barack Obama headed off for a vacation in Hawaii last week, Senator John McCain was left in the continental United States with the Iowa State Fair to himself.  Mr. McCain's campaign promised to take full advantage this week …
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