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Russia, Georgia Share Medal Stand

It's one of those things that happens every so often in the Olympics: competition and real-world events interlace in surprising ways.

Earlier Sunday, it happened in the women's 10-meter air pistol final. With Russia and Georgia clashing in South Ossetia, athletes from the two nations finished second and third, respectively. From the AP, via CNN:

A day after Georgian athletes were considering leaving due to violence back home, Nino Salukvadze won the country's first medal of the Beijing Games in the women's 10-meter air pistol.
Russia's Natalia Paderina took the silver, and after the medal ceremony, Salukvadze put her arm around Paderina and the two posed together for photographs. Paderina than gave Salukvadze a kiss on the cheek.
"This medal is good for Georgia, especially during times like this," Salukvadze said. "I am very nervous today. It's very difficult for my people."

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- Complete 10-meter shooting results

By Jon DeNunzio  |  August 10, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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News just in, the U.S. betrayed its ally Georgia and the Georgian troops retreat on the way. Now no countries will ever trust the U.S.

The U.S. bend over when faced with threat from the commie KGB Putin. This is a total humiliation for the Americans.

It's like the old western gunslinger movie where Putin says to Bush: "Do you feel lucky" + "Go ahead, make my day". And Bush blinks!

This proves to the world Bush is a bully to small kids but a coward to someone of his own age.

Posted by: Mickey | August 10, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I guess USA should stop trying to deploy and support it's marionette leaders and politycs all over the world. Several years ago USA supported afganistan troops... and what do we see now?

Posted by: Mike | August 10, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, like we're going to risk nuclear annihilation over a worthless country like Georgia. You rolled the dice and now you pay the consequences.

Posted by: Vigilane 1 | August 10, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Russia sends a love poem to Ukraine via the war in Georgia: don't run away from me or this could happen to you too.

The world is watching how U.S. betrayed its ally Georgia as the Georgian troops retreat from the Russian Tanks. Now no countries will ever trust the U.S.

The U.S. bend over when faced with threat from the commie KGB Putin. The U.S. weakness before the Russians is on display to the world. This is a total humiliation for the Americans.

It's like the old western gunslinger movie where Putin says to Bush: "Do you feel lucky" + "Go ahead, make my day". And Bush blinks!

This proves to the world Bush is a bully to small kids(e.g. Iraq) but a coward to someone(e.g. Russia) of his own age.

Posted by: Mickey | August 10, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Even though Georgia has 2000 troops in Iraq, helping us, there is nothing we can do militarily to help them. Financial and diplomatic help is the extent that we can aid them.

It's a shame that some of you hate your own country so much, you are willing to bash it.

Posted by: Witless | August 10, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Congress decided who allies were not the media and not the president. Georgia is not an ally and we have no obligations towards them.

Posted by: Andrew | August 10, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm saddened by the events in Ossetia, but the only reason the U.S. has supported Georgia is because of it's ridiculous fear of Russia. Consider if Mexico decided invited Russia to join with them and Central American nations in a thinly veiled alliance against U.S. interests, both political and economical. King George's cronies would freak out. On the contrary, Russia has demonstrated remarkable calm and patience with an inane U.S. administration over the past 8 years. If America were being true to it's "American principles", wouldn't we be supporting Southern Ossetians, who long to join with their ethnic, cultural relatives in North Ossetia (a part of Russia)? Same for Abkhazia. I know immigrants from both of these regions and they have a long, troubled history with Georgia dominating them. The U.S. administration is completely bankrupt, intellectually, creatively and morally bankrupt. And it's depressing how both major candidates for president are towing the current administration's line on Russia's response. I sincerely hope this conflict is resolved as soon as possible with a minimum of lost lives, but I'm so tired of being embarrassed by the U.S.' sad excuse for international 'policy'.

Posted by: An American in Moscow | August 10, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It is sad and unfair in all terms that the Main goal of The Olympic games
(Peace for all) is broken by the stupidity of both Russian and Georgian politicians. Whatever is the problem - what kind of answer is the bombing of Tbilisi?
How many people should become a collateral damage to make both Presidents think about grown-up way of solving problems instead of behaving like two brothers fighting in the yard of their home?

Posted by: Valentina and Maria | August 10, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Bush is handling the Georgia/Russian situation with great wisdom. Georgia is not an ally of the US, despite the media's incorrect assertion. Georgia was warned by NOTO, EU and the US to solve the conflict with diplomacy, not to engage by forced foolishly. And Georgia just did the stupid thing, thinking Russia/US engagements would be on their advange. Georgia is wrong. Nobody likes ba ully with their own neighbors. Solution: Let them join Russia and prepare for the future with stronger force.

Posted by: Joe Ngo | August 10, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Georgia is not a NATO country yet, and we have no obligations to them.

Posted by: Chris | August 10, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Russia can have Georgia if it wants. I hate Atlanta.

Posted by: Bob Feemer | August 10, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

This is actually pretty cool. I miss the Cold War and am definitely tired of the Islamo-fascists getting all the attention.

On the other hand, don't underestimate the firepower of a single US Navy Carrier Battle Group. If it came down to it, we'd be spilling lots of Russian blood with near impunity in the Caucuses and sending much of their Black Sea fleet to the bottom. Of course, a single inch of Georgian territory is not worth one drop of American blood.

Also, I heard that Georgia wants the US to airlift their 2,000 troops in Iraq back to Georgia. If we did that, the Russians would rightly consider that a hostile American mission and perhaps even target those aircraft. Of course, then it'd be on and Uncle Sam would start slaughtering Ivan wholesale.

Hey - If I were the Georgian President, I'd keep those 2,000 in Iraq. It might be the only thing left of his Armed Forces after Monday.

Posted by: Vigilante 1 | August 10, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Georgia has been a strong ally; they've sent huge numbers of troops to Iraq for such a small country. They want to be our friends, in order to escape from centuries of Russian influence. So far, our failure to substantively help them is pretty shameful, and it's going to hurt our ability to get and keep our vital partners in Afghanistan.

We can make it up to Georgia by getting them into NATO; hopefully this won't derail that effort.

Posted by: Simon | August 10, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

To actually talk about the Women's 10m Air Pistol, the US should've gotten a medal there. We're a nation of gun-owners. Instead, we tied for 37th with pacifistic Japan.

Posted by: Simon | August 10, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

We are reading a lot of fake news these days. Did you remember the news about Britney's pregnancy, Lindsay's joining on the famous rich men seeking affairs """"""C e l e b C u p i d.c o m""""""""? Is this news true or not? who knows...

Posted by: canidy | August 10, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"Georgia is not a NATO country yet, and we have no obligations to them."

Spoken with the type of courage the world now expects of us. Quick to invade weak nations such as Iraq, give our full support and aid for countries like Israel who occupy/suppress Palestinians. But when it comes to Georgia, sorry, you're on your own. The United States has zero credibility on this matter after these last eight years especially and all in all, our global influence has been greatly diminished. What happens with Georgia is basically whatever Russia wants with Georgia. They'll destabilize, if not remove the pro-western of Georgia. Flex their muscle and show they're serious about their sphere of influence.

Posted by: In The Back | August 10, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

This single event changes the geopolitical equation of eastern europe. History will record this as the pivotal event demonstrating the powerlessness of US. We can expect more such events in future.

Czechs & Ukrainians better watchout - you are next and nobody is going to lift a finger. Ukraine should forget about Crimea.

US has lost all it's moral authority in Iraq & Panama regarding sovereignity of nations - oh please! World has taken enough lecture, now nobody will listen.

Only US will put it's full weight behind a lunatic like Saakashvili. His legitimacy is worse than Mugabe - both employed same techniques to muzzle fair elections. At least Mugabe was not this foolish.

With this event, Sec. Rice cemented her position as the most incompetent Sec. of State in the modern history of US.

Posted by: Sudhir | August 10, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Russia show its true intents... The crude display of power of this fragile country is almost pathetic. After erasing little Tchétchenia (two wars were necessary) they attack little Georgia (not the army but the civilians, the cowards). What is Russia? A country without industry, without people, without agriculture... It has nothing, well just oil to feed its corruption and its imperialism...

Posted by: saralfama | August 10, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Today - USA can lose Georgia by betraying its ally, next - Azerbaijan, next - Ukraine etc. Russian imperialistic appetite knows no measure.

Posted by: Helg, Ukraine | August 10, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Georgia = Pwned!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

How long USA and so called “democratic countries” will cover the truth about this war?Around 1000 USA marines and military instructors use to train georgian`s troops before this war.USA,ISRAEL,UKRAINE, sold weapon to Georgia in huge volume.At this days african -americans military instructors were found dead in South Ossetia.New Hitler,Saakashvili who killed 2000 people mostly kids,elderly people has protection from USA,ISRAEL,UKRAINE,GB and some “friends countries”.Genocide by Saakashvili rewarded by countries who sold weapon to this dictator.Newspapers,tv,radio telling the same story about Russian invasion,but nobody says,that this war was planned event,long time before by good paid dictator Saakashvili.Why western people do not have information from South Ossettia,but fake video by tv companies? This is moment of truth and sooner or later people and countries who did it will be punished by God.

Posted by: Serge | August 10, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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