By now, a great deal has been written about Russia’s invasion of
Georgia and the resulting conflict raging in the Caucasus. Most of
it, however, misses the crucial context: that the current war is a
bellwether for the future physical borders of the Russian
Federation, and for the political independence of the countries to
In his excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago, Melik Kaylan points out that, “Having overestimated the power of the Soviet Union in its last years, we have consistently underestimated the ambitions of Russia since.” His assessment echoes that of AFPC President Herman Pirchner, who writes in the Washington Times today that “the smaller the cost of Moscow’s victory in South Ossetia, the stronger the Russian nationalists - who back current Russian policy in Georgia - will become.”
The real stakes for the United States in the current conflict, then, have precious little to do with South Ossetia, or even Georgia for that matter. Rather, they involve Western democracies demonstrating to Russia, clearly and uneqivocally, that the political gains made by the “post-Soviet space” since the collapse of the Soviet Union are not reversible. Sadly, so far neither we nor our allies seem to be doing anything of the sort.
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?