The latest move by the administration is to use American military planes to send "humanitarian" aid to Georgia. The Russians are continuing to press their military advantage in spite of Russian President Medvedev's false order to "halt military operations."
Russian motives are plainly apparent. They are moving to protect their hegemony (in the traditional Russian way). In the past, Russia has shown restraint only when she recognized that aggression would be detrimental to her interests.
But now, with President Junior a weakened international figure, lacking popular support both abroad and in his own country, the Russians have calculated that they can strike. It may well be a colossal miscalculation. If an American military plane is shot down, or any of the American service personnel currently stationed in Georgia are killed... well, no one can know how things will progress from there, but events could quickly spin out of control.
Of course, the United States has played a significant part in generating this crisis. The Bush administration's policies and actions vis-a-vis Russia have not been subjected to nearly enough scrutiny. But, if we were to take the Russian perspective for just a moment, we can see that Junior's initiatives might be deemed as threatening. Consider:
- Bush has pushed for a missile defense shield, with stations in Poland, the Czech Republic, and other places. Sort of a Cuban missile incident in reverse.
- Bush has deployed military advisors and hundreds of millions in military aid to Georgia which sits squarely between the Black and Caspian Seas.
- Bush advocated independence from Serbia for Kosovo over strenuous Russian objections
Don't these two inspire confidence?
American leadership, rather than inspiring confidence, raises anxieties. Yesterday, Condi, without even a hint of irony, mewled at a press conference:
"This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia where Russia can threaten a neighbor, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed." --Condi Rice, August 13, 2008How have things changed, Condi? Do tell! Did the United States not threaten a sovereign country, occupy a capital and overthrow a government as recently as 2003?
People, if that's not hypocrisy then the word has no meaning. And mad Johnny McCain's comments were just as audacious:
"...in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations." --John McCain, August 13, 2008Let that statement linger in your mind for a minute.
Is it not simply jaw-dropping? Apart from the hypocrisy, if there were any doubts that McCain has thrown his lot in with the neo-conservatives, that remark should erase them.
Here it is, folks: an extremely dangerous world crisis brought about by the unilateralism, inconsistency, and fundamental dishonesty of fatuous, infantile Junior Bush and the neo-conservative movement.
Hope for the best. And be ready. Anything might happen.