August 12th, 2008
09:19 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Crisis Leadership?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/europe/08/12/georgia.gori.russia.fight/art.gori.fighting.jpg caption="A Gori resident outside her apartment block, which was shelled during the conflict."]

Maureen Miller
360° Writer
If I were president... we hear those four words a lot on the campaign trail. Tonight on 360°, we look at how John McCain and Barack Obama might handle a crisis like the Russian invasion of Georgia, when one of them is elected president. It's a touchy situation in Georgia right now. Just a few hours ago, Georgia and Russia agreed to a cease-fire proposal. The key word there is proposal. We'll have the latest details.

Also tonight, the raw politics of a cruical choice: picking your running mate.

Any day now it's expected that both Obama and McCain will reveal who they want as their vice presidential nominee. After all, the Democratic and Republican conventions are coming up soon. It's interesting to see how some of the people on each candidates short list are acting in front of the candidates and in front of the cameras.  We'll run through the possible picks. And, we'd love to hear what you think of them.

And, in our Crime & Punishment report tonight, we'll have new details on the web of lies investigators say they're dealing with in the search for little Caylee Anthony. They say the false statements from Caylee's Mom, Casey, have slowed them down.

All that and more tonight on 360°.
Hope you'll join us!

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @ Larry, don't you think we should count the votes first before we 'transition to a Democratic White House"?

    Even if we didn't have troops in Iraq, it would be next to impossible to intervene militarily in Georgia. If we did, it would mean WWIII. So stop whining about our involvement in Iraq as a reason why we can't do this, that, or the other thing. Russia can be hurt economically, and that's what we should do. McCain has it right. Obama wants meaningless UN resolutions. i suppose that after Pearl Harbor, he would have wanted a UN resolution too. When tanks are rolling through villages, the time for UN resolutions is long past.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:35 am |
  2. Donnell

    Annie Kate-
    It’s not necessarily about experience-the real question is who has the temperament and judgment to deal with these complex issues around the world. What scares me about McCain is his response is always the same- military action...As a military man I believe in military action when required. This notion that we can bully the world is an absurd and dangerous one. I don’t want to cal JM a war monger but he doesn’t seem to have any other answers when talking about crisis around the world.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:29 am |
  3. Ann Delaney

    Barack Obama is the only one who can speak to the Russians without any hypocracy . How can George Bush / John McCain lecture Russia when they led the rush to invade the sovereign country of Iraq? I include here all those Americans who supported the war.
    Every time I hear any words about Russia's aggressive behavior it immmediately speaks to me of hypocracy. Am I the only one who thinks this way? I don't hear much to the contrary. McCain's war mongering response is not what the world needs. America needs to apologize for the Iraq invasion, then only can it speak to the world with any moral strength. Obama is the only one who can do this – who can approach any conflict with moral clarity and a reasoned response.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  4. Marlon

    McCain would only get us into more trouble. It seems to be the goal for certain people to become president just so they can down in the history books as having a war under their name. We are not equipped at this time be fighting with Russia. Georgia did some really stupid things thinking that U.S. will have its back. Bush made promises to Georgia that he did not planned to keep. Now Russia is pissed. We cannot afford for Russia to get ticked off with the U.S. Especially, since Russia is closely allied with Korea. We will not win.

    August 13, 2008 at 10:20 am |
  5. Alex

    If people believe that Russia is even worried in the slightest about what the US, Barrack Obama or John McCain would do, that person is only fooling themselves. Thanks to George Bush, the reliance on the perceived powers of the US around the world are a thing of the past. Mr. Bush may not believe it, but much of what was previously stable and safe throughout the world in the past, is now history as this nation's strength, clout and admiration is now gone, history. The Russians are pretty much able to do what they want within Eastern Europe and the infamous "Wall" may be going back up, even if not in a physical sense. Sadly, this past seven years of inept leadership will undoubtedly haunt our great nation for generations to come. To my dismay, I happen to be one of those individuals who helped make it happen when I voted for George W. Bush. I see that vote as the biggest mistake of my life in 60+ years.

    August 13, 2008 at 9:33 am |
  6. Mike

    American broadcaster CNN has been accused of using misleading footage in their coverage of the conflict in South Ossetia. A Russian cameraman says footage of wrecked tanks and ruined buildings, which was purported to be the town of Gori, was in fact the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali.


    August 13, 2008 at 2:27 am |
  7. Rosie

    To daniel Vilca,
    To your questions; ["What Now?"] We take a good look at ourselves, and realize that only in unity is there strength:and a house divided against itsself shall not stand; then we get pass the skin god, and become, not just the United States, but a united people.
    (2)[ How can we fix it?] By first fixing our own hearts toward one another. We are a divided people, and its this division that has weaken the Country, and caused it to lose its place of power in the world.
    (3)[ How do we return America to its former glory?] By allowing the people who hope build this Country,and who sacrifices their lives to help secure this Country, now help restore this Country.

    And whether we, the people, believe it or not, Obama is not only America's way back,to greatness, but will take her to another level of greatness, because we will have become a united people standing together for a common cause.
    Be careful how we judge the contents of a container, because of its color. We may be turning our backs on the answer to our prayers for the Country which we all love.

    August 13, 2008 at 2:02 am |
  8. Gilby-HI

    Eight years of no Home land terrorism,
    If congress would have acted on drilling eight years ago, guess what..
    Well now we know that Rocko will ask GGeorge Kkune to help him with foreign affairs..
    This is like Baba senting Monica to the Pentagon, this is what Democratics call valuable assets.

    August 13, 2008 at 1:23 am |
  9. JC- Los Angeles

    I don't think it's fair for Georgia to fight Russia alone; how about a little help from South Carolina to the north and Florida to the south? shouldn't all other 49 states be required to assist Georgia?

    At least we didn't hear this from one of our candidates; I was waiting.

    August 13, 2008 at 12:13 am |
  10. Kelvin Illinois

    McCain lies through his teeth right on the national TV. Calling the president of Georgia a good man and a personal friend that he knows for several years. Well he can't even pronounce his last name correctly. Everybody forgets that Saakshvilliy's family are US citizens (his wife and sons) . Also US spent 85 million US taxpayers money in supporting and building his military. Russia on the other hand has no intentions on occupying Georgia they just want to flex mussels to the regime that they hate and that constantly commits atrocities against its neighbors Ossetia and Abkhazia. Plus McCain needs to go and learn the history of the region cause he again made a fool of himself on the national TV.

    August 12, 2008 at 11:20 pm |
  11. Stephen B in Gainesville FL

    Look what 8 years of cowboy diplomacy have wrought upon the nation. Never has the military been more stretch, nationmore in debt (to China and Saudi Arabia. And thanks the war in Iraq Bush has driven up the price of oil which has enriched not only Exxon/Mobile but Russia too! McCain is is far quicker to pick a fight he can't win than Bush without thinking out the possible bad out comes. That is what dug in such a deep hole in Iraq and why Afghanistan has spun out of control. Bush hasquandered the most valuable asset the US has and that is our moral authority while driving our military and our economy in to a ditch. I don't see how a McCain presidency would change but only make it worst.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:43 pm |
  12. melissa collins

    I am 39 years old and very frightened that my new granddaughter will never see her teenage years if McCain wins the Presidency. He is constantly the first to jump to combat. It is ALL he knows. I am so fearful that once he takes office he will leap blindly in to a fight that will end America. How does he think that unkind remarks toward Russia will help in the relationship that we want to have with all countries. Should we not be a country that promotes peace? Being a peace-seeking nation does by no means make us weak. Barrack must win to assure that we are the kind of people that will lend a hand to countries that need us to work through problems, before sorting to war.

    August 12, 2008 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Annie Kate

    Looking forward to the show especially the news on Caylee Anthony – I really am afraid that she is no longer alive but I do hope I'm wrong. That mother of hers is a mental case.

    McCain has the experience and knowledge to better handle Russia than Obama does – McCain lived through the last Cold War and is familiar with Vladimir Putin who used to head the KGB . If we are drifting back into a cold war I'd much rather some experience be sitting in the Executive chair.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 12, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  14. daniel vilca

    since the russian invasion of the republic of georgia began many have start the finger pointing and the claims for real leadership, this do not help at all the situation in georgia. altough america was inded supporting the republic of georgia, it seems they got the wrong message and tough they will be supporter in case of a conflict with russia.
    but i think the real point here is friday night while the russians thanks cross into georgia territory the world change, america have lost its position in the world, we find ourselfs into a world full of rougue countries with not fear of america, saturday morning we wake up into a more dangerous world. a world in wich america cant affort a war with one of this new superpowers, the real question we should be asking is what now? how can we fix america? how can we return america to its former glory?

    August 12, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  15. Larry

    I really don't see Russia giving a second thought to what America thinks. There is a window of opportunity for the Russian government to behave is it wants, while we have our elections and then the months in transition from a republican white house to a democrat white house. As long as the europeans are not tocked off at the russians then its buisness-as-usual in that part of the world.

    August 12, 2008 at 9:54 pm |
  16. Angela, Ottawa, Canada

    Is all the Missing White Girl stuff really national news calibre?

    August 12, 2008 at 9:46 pm |
  17. Larry

    I think that President Obama would tell them that he will not tolerate any more of their foolishness, send them to bed with no supper, and ground them for a week.

    There will be no President McCain, so that's a moot question.

    August 12, 2008 at 9:32 pm |