I haven’t said much about the situation in Georgia, mainly because I’ve been reluctant to say anything without reading closely. Some of Russia’s claims about atrocities that may or may not have been committed by Georgia really would, if true, justify sending in the tanks to protect South Ossetia, and maybe even Abkhazia. But Robert Kagan is right that Putin has been baiting Saakashvili into a blunder like this for a long time, and now that the Russians have gone beyond the breakaway regions and into Georgia proper, the “Kosovo precendent” excuse clearly doesn’t wash. It’s clear that what’s going on is that the Kremlin is scratching the same old expansionist itch that drove Russia policy under both the Soviets and the Tsars.
So, what do we do about it, beyond the ride home from Iraq that we’ve given to Georgian troops? I have no idea. Ronad Asmus and Richard Holbrooke’s invocation of “a vast array of political, economic and other areas in which Russia’s role and standing will have to be reexamined” is pretty vague; they mention the Sochi Olympics, but what else do they have in mind? Bill Kristol calls for “emergency military aid”; what exactly would that entail?
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?