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President Bush has put the US squarely on Georgia's side in its fight with Russia, promising "ongoing" humanitarian aid backed with aircraft and Naval forces. We get Moscow's reaction to President Bush and talk with top advisors to the McCain and Obama campaigns.  Also, the maverick credentials of John McCain.


Banner image: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) flank President Bush, who delivers a statement on efforts by the United States to resolve the crisis in Georgia. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner
Frances Anderton

Reporter's Notebook The Maverick Credentials of John McCain 10 MIN, 16 SEC

tp080813McCain_Talks_Tough_o167x120.jpgJohn McCain claims that foreign policy is one area where his experience makes him much more qualified to be president than Barack Obama. What could the world expect if he's elected? We get two perspectives.

Guests:
Paul Alexander, author, 'Man of the People'
Matt Welch, Reason magazine (@mleewelch)

Main Topic Bush Promises Aid to Georgia, Talks Tough to Russia 39 MIN, 21 SEC

Grim-faced at the White House today, President Bush said an American plane is on its way to Georgia with relief in the aftermath of Russia's invasion. He said the Pentagon will launch a humanitarian mission involving both aircraft and Naval forces. In his statement, Bush said Russian troop movements are "inconsistent" with its commitment to a ceasefire, and demanded that Russia keep the supply lines open. Moscow has angrily denied claims that it's violated the ceasefire. Will the Pentagon's humanitarian effort require troops on the ground?  Will Washington try to punish Moscow diplomatically? We look for answers and also talk with top advisors to John McCain and Barack Obama.

Guests:
Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes )
Tony Halpin, Moscow Bureau Chief, Times of London
Masha Lipman, Political analyst, Carnegie Moscow Center
Robert Kagan, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Michael McFaul, advisor to Barack Obama

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