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GLENN: I saw a story on Friday as we all did. The news broke that Russia was bombing, Russia was bombing Georgia. I'm going to play an interview that I had with the president of Georgia in just a few minutes and you have to hear it. You have to know who these people are. Right now you'll see in the papers the Georgians saying where's America, why is America not helping us. They have streets named after George W. Bush. They understand our founding fathers. They understand democracy. They want to be free. They try to model themselves after us in the good old days when we had sense and had values. They have worked tirelessly to take corruption out of the system. Now, a lot of people, I've read story after story after story, and a lot of people will explain some of it but they will do it in such a way that honestly you want to hang yourself by the end of it and so you just don't pay attention. It is important that we pay attention to Russia because it goes into something that I've been talking about for the last couple of months. So let me try to explain first of all what the media has been trying to explain and then let me take you to a place where I don't think anybody else is going. So here's the first part. Let's say the country is Georgia, is our State of Georgia, okay? And let's say Russia is the evil South Carolina, got it? Georgia is the State, Russia is the State of South Carolina. Georgia's friendly. They believe in freedom, they believe in democracy. They love it. But Savannah doesn't like being part of Georgia. They really want to become their own state. They are much more closely aligned with the evil South Carolina. Now, there's no debate on whether Savannah's actually part of Georgia or not. They are. In the early Nineties, though, they tried to pull away from Georgia and a peace keeping force including troops from the evil South Carolina have been there since the early Nineties. Well, the new governor of Georgia has made it a priority to actually deal with the problem and not just let it fester because of something that the media's not talking about that I will in a second, they got to solve this problem. So he told Savannah, you can govern yourself but you are still a part of Georgia. They said, no, we want our independence. So about a week or so ago, the fighting broke out and both Savannah and Georgia say the other side started it but eventually Georgia decided that they were going to crack down. The United Nations then stepped in and expressed serious concerns that the escalation of violence, and they issued a strongly worded statement to that effect. What a shock, that didn't solve the problem. Usually it does. So the question is, is Georgia allowed to fix their own problem inside their own borders, yes or no. Well, South Carolina, aka, Russia, they are always so helpful. They have offered citizenship to all the residents of Savannah. If you live in Savannah and you want to be a Russian citizen, hey, congratulations; you're a citizen. It would be like George Bush and Dick Cheney going into Iraq and offering citizenship to the Iraqi citizens. And then when the government of Iraq says, United States, you might want to get out, and they start suppressing the riots there, then George Bush and Dick Cheney can say they're slaughtering our citizens. Not really. Most Savannah residents now have taken advantage of the offer. So that's how South Carolina is justifying their involvement. They say they are since, we have to protect them. South Carolina pushed back hard, bombed targets inside of Georgia. Since then Georgia says cease fire, cease fire, cease fire. And then they explain how South Carolina isn't honoring it. So that's basically where we stand. In reality here's what it is. If you believe Georgia is the good guys, they are right. If you believe Russia is the good guy, you're right. I don't know who that is, but it all comes down to whose story you buy unless you know the real story. If you are picking sides, you should know that Georgia has proved itself a great ally. If that's all, as far as you want to go, they are strong supporters of America, strong supporters and joined us in the Iraq war. Now they have to pull out many of their troops to deal with the situation at home, but listen to the Georgian citizens, the voices that are quoted now in the financial times and a few other papers, thank goodness, requests where is America. Why won't America and NATO help us. If they don't help us now, why did we help them? The Russians will be here tomorrow. They want to show us and the world how powerful they really are. Tomorrow it will be Ukraine, and nobody in the West is doing anything to stop Russia. Why were our soldiers in Kosovo and our soldiers in Iraq if we never get any help from the West?" Doesn't this sound like the Kuwaitis? Doesn't this sound like the Iraqis after they rose up during the after the first Gulf War when they said, wait a minute, you told us to rise up; you said you would supporters; where are you? Georgia in some ways is like Israel. Eastern Europe is a beacon of hope for democracy in Georgia, surrounded by Putin on one side and the weasels of Western Europe on the other. They need at least our verbal our strong, verbal support here.
By the way, in a completely unrelated story, oil prices are up today. Now, some cynical people might think that Russia is escalating the situation to stop the fall of oil prices, but that would be crazy to think that this is a war for oil, wouldn't it? Be crazy.
Last night I stayed up, because I wanted to brush up on Georgia to be able to tell you because I know if you're like me, you see the Georgia think and you're like, what is this? I think I kind of get it but I'm not really sure, I know Putin's a bad guy, Russia, we can't really trust them. What's this all about. So I wanted to be able to come prepared to tell you this story so you don't have to think it through, so you don't have to go do your own homework. I want to take you back to something that Ronald Reagan said back in the 1980s. He said, do not to Europe. They were about to let the Russian or the then Soviet empire build a natural gas, an oil pipeline all the way through the heart of Europe. And Ronald Reagan actually had to fly over to Europe and say and convince all the leaders, what, are you crazy? Don't do it; you will be slaves to their energy. He convinced them. They didn't do it. Well, they've built it now and already we have seen while everybody is paying no attention to them, they are buying up all of the natural gas and all of the oil reserves everywhere they can get their hands on. They already have a ton of oil. That's why they have been able to rebuild. Putin has used an iron fist. He has taken control of the oil companies. He cut taxes down to 13%, a flat tax of 13% and their economy exploded. Hmmm. That's crazy, isn't it? He took control of their oil companies and he said screw everything else; we're going to be oil. We are going to be the OPEC of the next century.
So the United States, along with that evil Darth Vader, Dick, you're my vice president; you're not my father and you're not Dick Cheney. "Yes, I am Darth Vader." Darth Vader, aka, Dick Cheney, decided to go over to Georgia because they built this giant pipeline and Dick Cheney being an evil oilman, knew exactly what Ronald Reagan, who wasn't an oilman was, just kind of like that freedom thing, decided, you know what, we really can't have only one pipeline coming out of this area. Otherwise Russia will control everything. So he got together with a few states and they decided to build a pipeline from the Caspian Sea to Baku, wherever the hell that is, okay? Putin didn't like that. That was a very bad idea because it would challenge his pipeline that ran from Baku to Turkey. That's the one Russia said don't ever let them build this. Well, the Russians along with the Italians who are now in bed with Gazprom are doing everything they can to ensure that a bypass and a second pipeline isn't built. Putin is doing this, or has been doing this by not only going after the suppliers and saying don't sell your oil to the secondary pipeline but also to the customers and saying, don't you ever buy your oil from this pipeline.
So here's what's really going on. I've been telling you about this for a while and nobody is paying attention. There are three things that I want to tie together for you this half hour: John Edwards, the Olympics and Georgia. Let's start with Georgia. Nobody is paying attention to the real story. The real story is this truly is war for oil. What Russia is trying to do is take all of their money and they are trying to buy up all of the natural resources of gas and coal and oil and they are going to be the world's leader in those natural resources. That's why they are connecting to anyone that has it. They want to be the leader of the new OPEC. Why do you think they took a submarine and shot a torpedo tube with a flag in it to the top of the world? Because they are laying claim to all of the natural resources underneath Santa's castle. They are consolidating their power through energy. They have replaced nuclear weapons with energy. Why use a nuclear weapon when you can just shut down somebody's energy. Oh, yeah, Germany, you really need to go along with this or we're going to shut down your power. Yeah, I don't think we're going to sell you any more natural gas. Oh, Georgia, you've got a problem with that? Boy, it's January. Yeah, you hear that? I'm just shutting down the pipeline for you. They are intent on being the world's superpower yet again. So why is it that a country that has been so helpful to us, why is it a country that wants to be in NATO and NATO wants them to be in, why is it that this unbelievably Democratic state that thinks like we do, why is it that NATO isn't speaking up? Why is it that George Bush isn't speaking up? Why is it that George Bush could sit two seats away at the opening ceremonies from Putin as they are bombing a country that we expect, that identifies, that has pictures of George W. Bush up. He's a national hero there. How is it George Bush can kind of, like, laugh about the Olympics and talk? Because we're not going to say anything. You know we can't say anything. Because we are in the reverse situation where we put them at the end of the cold war. We cannot afford to do anything with Russia. We are their little play thing now. And they are con they are grabbing all of the energy. While we sit here and listen to these clowns in Washington tie our hands with energy. If we don't wake up to our energy situation, we will be dominated and controlled and slaves to Russia. And, slaves to China. Why is it we're not paying any attention to China? Why is it that these big giant news organizations like NBC news in China doing all of these great stories in China, when they are oppressing their own people? Why are we allowing this propaganda to happen? Did you see the opening ceremonies? And why is it the media has not talked about John Edwards until now? And now they are even making excuses for it. I'll give you the answer here in a second.