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August 14th, 2008
09:50 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Crisis Loophole

A woman outside a bombed apartment block in Gori, Georgia, on Thursday.

A woman outside a bombed apartment block in Gori, Georgia, on Thursday.

Maureen Miller
360° Writer

Tonight, there are several new developments tonight in the showdown between Georgia and Russia. U.S. Secretary of State is headed for the former Soviet republic with a new cease-fire plan. And, there is loophole in the current document. According to a senior State Department official close to the negotiations, the new plan would allow Russia to keep some troops in Georgia. But, Rice plans to try to close that loophole in talks with the Russians. All this as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates weighed in on the crisis today saying if Russia doesn't pull back "the U.S.-Russian relationship could be adversely affected for years to come." And, as backdrop to all the diplomatic moves, Russian tanks and troops continue to worry the Georgians. Georgia's president says Russian troops control one-third of his country. Tonight we have reporters in Georgia and Russia who will bring you the latest details.

Plus, new details on that emergency plane landing for Barack Obama last month in Saint Louis.

The FAA has released cockpit recordings of the incident. And, they reveal that it was a more serious situation than the FAA first let on. We'll play part of the tape for you.

And, get ready for the latest proof of bigfoot.  We'll let you be the judge. Has the mystery been solved?

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

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Kerry

    This cold war sounds like a replay of one country going to another because they mite have more weapons,power and could be up to something.

    My questions are :

    1: What gives any country the right to go into another one an tell them there right or wrong?
    2:Should one country be able to tell another one that they shouldn't go to war ,when they are at war themselfs?
    3:If someone picks up a gun an looks at you.Are you going to do something like run or try to stop them? or ,Are you just gonna stand there an do nothing?
    4:I think we have enough on our plate already and our eyes should be looking at north karea instead of corprate pockets in iraq.Now whats going to happen?Are we going to be in a cold war aswell?

    August 15, 2008 at 8:46 am |
  2. Michael Davis

    I thought better of Russia after the fall of the last cold war and for the life of me I cannot understand why Russia would risk another cold war for such a correctable situation ... If I was the leader of Russia I would have been all over international news stating my case , any and all messure's to avoid such a conflict. The proof is in the matter of Russia undoubtedly having enough force to take Georgia with Georgia having little to no army to resist .. So I find Russia's means to justify all out war very poorly acted on.

    August 15, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  3. Aidan Iotero

    Anderson please show pictures of South Ossetia and the town of Tskhinvali. Show how families inside Tskhinvali were relaxing, eating, sipping coffee when suddenly and without warning Georgian artillery and tanks began a brutal barrage that destroyed 90% of the town inside of one hour killing over 1000 people and injuring thousands more. Be fair about it.

    August 15, 2008 at 12:11 am |
  4. Sam

    Anderson, I find it strange that you often try to boost McCain's candidacy. Obama finally reaches a deal with freaky Hillary so he can get the maximum of her vote and move to more serious issues, you imply that it might be interpreted as a sign of weakness. Americans should stop believing in tough talk all the time and act smart by learning to be flexible and choose which fight to fight. Obama has a bigger goal than Hillary and the strategy is to keep her happy to get her out of the way as much as possible. There is a real war going on, McCain jumps and starts talking tough. Even Gorbatchev on Larry King said that outside interferences can cause the situation to deteriorate. He even told the georgian president that we are all georgians, how silly of him. Unfortunately, he gets credit for that. Foreign policy is officially his so called strong suit. Americans should really think hard about this man. Obama isn't weak, he is the one, the smart one.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  5. Patsy

    The US is in bed with the Chinese, not the Russians. We see "Made in China" on everything, not "Made in Russia." We perpetually say that we are thankful for the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the fall of the Soviet Union, when we forget that it is ultimately disengenuous to their people and continuously utter this to the point of being complacent ourselves. Now we are surprised Russia is acting this way!!? Welcome to the New Cold War. Bush kills everytthing he touches. This is the way the world works, and I fear the US will be left far behind in this brave new world.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:35 pm |
  6. Brad

    There have been several comments during this segment about the U.S. military being over stretched and viewed as weak by the Russians. Do we really believe that the Russians or any other country for that matter view the U.S. military capabilities as weak? I would agree that the military is stretched but not weak. This may not be the best time for the U.S. military to engage in yet another conflict. However, as Americans it is in our nature to aide others in trouble. We will be cautious as this situation develops.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm |
  7. jim

    Well here we are again another Bush crisis, I for one am not looking for World War III, but with this crisis in Georgia and now the sigining of a pact to put missiles in Poland we are only looking for alot of hurt. We did not stand for a missile base in Cuba in 1962. and I will bet the Russians will not stand for one near there borders. We are headed straight on for a massive confortation with Russia and all football jock behavior is of no help. May we all rest in peace the end is coming! P.S I do not belive in armagedon or the anti -christ or god but you have to be blind not to see a major pain near.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  8. Giosue' Lorenzo Campi

    All your filter are like soviet filter era.You don't let read the truth because you know that usa crise would take away Usa in a very short time.Proagand is the drug for ignorance but also DECADENCE.
    Thanks.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  9. Sunil Thomas

    War is a terrible thing.

    However, the Russians don't want a pro-western country at their door step. Especially, when there are American military advisers in Georgia supporting them. This is totally reasonable.

    We did not want Russians and soviet support in Cuba in the 60s. How is this any different? Just as we worry about our security, Russia worries about their security near its borders.

    Another thing, as a nuclear super power there is no way for the U.S. to punish the Russians for moving into Georgia, short of military conflict. I am not too keen on World War 3 over this. This episode will subside in time.

    Russia is flexing its muscles the same way we flexed our muscles in Iraq.

    As far as economic sanctions, despite what our govenment says, the Europeans will not be too eager to punish Russia for this.

    August 14, 2008 at 11:09 pm |
  10. Fernando

    Russia must cease its military operations and seek an agreement with georgia because this crisis could damage its economic relations with western Europe. Nonetheless, i may say that ukraine is less likely to be next the target due to its dependence on russia's natural gas and key economic partnership. it also has strong and large military capabilities which could cause heavy damage on russia's armed forces.

    August 14, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  11. Maria Krause

    This is about the Wal-Mart segment encouraging employees to vote against Obama. I am a small business owner and received an E-mail from Sam's Club pushing McCain's candidacy and positions on small business. This was about one week ago. I was very surprised that a major company would come out so strongly for one political position and party.

    Thanks for your attention to this matter.

    August 14, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Joe

    As Condi Rice stated ealier this week; this is not 1968, Russia can no longer get away with invading it's neighbors. However, without concrete ACTION to prevent it, this is exactly what is going to happen AGAIN. This Bush administration has proven over the last 7 years that it is not only incompetent, but that it completely ingnores the lessons of history. The only way to prevent the destruction of Democray in Georgia, is to put a deterent in place to stop the Russians from completing their takeover of the country. No, we don't need to send NATO tanks and troops over the border to attack the Russians; that type of response is not necessary, at least not at this time.. However, we should do an overnight airlift of at least 5,000 US troops into Tablisi, and another force to secure a port city. By doing this, we do not directly confront the Russian troops, but we send a clear message that we are prepaired to do so if necessary. This would stop the Russians dead in their tracks; because, they would not dare attack US troops. They know full well, that even over extended as we are, even a small US/NATO force would decimate any Russian attack. They would suffer the same fate as Saddam's Russian supplied and trained forces, and they know it. Putin is bluffing, just like Hitler did in 1936. We can NOT repeat the mistakes that allowed Hitler to gain the strength to take over most of Europe. We must act now, and eliminate this threat to Democracy before Putin becomes any stronger. Yes, there is a risk this could escelate; however, better to deal with Russia now, then after they have time to rebuild their forces to Soviet level strength.

    August 14, 2008 at 10:42 pm |
  13. Marcy J

    Show pictures from South ossetia , and we all wee the truth, how Georgia attacked the territory, considering it is it's own , shooting these their own people, destroying cities in Ossetia to complete ruins.

    Show, that the majority of refuges are running to North ossetia, so there and show.

    Show the date, when McWar's aid got money from Georgia.
    And after that – think, what is happening.

    USA should talk with Russia ASAP. here is the solution but not with fasist Georgian president. He is Dead End.
    Most trustfull?
    Show the truth in Ossetia.

    August 14, 2008 at 10:32 pm |
  14. Michael sanchez

    While the presidents approach seems lowkey, why have there been what appears a new blackout about US Navy and Army movements, also miissing is any news on Russian internet jamming, as what occured in Georgia prior to the invasion, and the West's almost inevitable response by overpowering Russian network capabilities.
    It seems the the Bush approach is walk quietly, but get the big stick ready.
    Perhaps more important, why has not the future presumed president spoken more clearly on this matter, surely he will inherient what may becomes Americas most bloody war, as we cannot stand by while 30 years of democratic advance is reversed. Should not the party whose name envisions the will of the people have something to say, or are they so pacified (terrofied) and feminized as to be petrified into allowing a free people to be conquered by the same tatics as Nazi Germany or Imperalist Japan. Or is is that those who forget history are bound to repeat it. Is America to go quietly in the Night, or is there a Warrior left in our land willing to stop the Russian Bear?

    August 14, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  15. michael davis

    after todays events in georgia, with condi rice taking a ceasefire to shove down the president of chezhoslovakias throat, excuse me the president of georgias throat. i wonder if george bush aka the leader of the free world is contemplating waving the cease fire agreement and proclaiming "peace in our time".

    August 14, 2008 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Annie Kate

    Looking forward to the show tonight – especially the news on Georgia and Russia. Seems like we hear there are cease-fires negotiated but Russia keeps coming on....so is Russia just saying whatever and then doing what they want regardless? And at what point do we know if we have another cold war?

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 14, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  17. Independent Navy vet

    Is someone trying to do Obama the same way they did commerce sec. Brown.

    August 14, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I hope that Rice can work something out with Russia so that they can stop this uncalled for war. I doubt Russia will comply though!

    Cindy..Ga.

    August 14, 2008 at 9:54 pm |