Monday, August 11, 2008


Not much worthwhile commentary out there from what I can see. Two notable exceptions are here and here. A commenter on the latter's site mocks the initial, predictable narrative: "The Brave Plucky Georgians Cruelly Crushed by the Russian Bear." While there are signs the conflict may move closer to that storyline if it continues, the Johnny one-notes won't deserve any credit for their insight.

Regarding Johnny one-notes, does McCain really want to make this a "3 a.m. phone call" issue? This sort of event emphasizes the need for flexibility, coolheadedness, and restraint. I didn't think anything could make me grateful for our current leadership at this point, but it seems pretty even-keeled compared to McCain's predictable act (to be fair, the president apparently had other things on his mind). Are we to expect that McCain, if he wins, would get less dogmatic as he approaches his eightieth birthday? In Washington there's a fine line between doctrinaire and dangerous, and it's solely a function of job title.

By the way, could there be a more appropriate coda to Condi Rice's tenure? Where would we be right now if she wasn't a renowned expert on the region?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Crap. The Russians invaded Georgia? My brother lives in Atlanta. I hope he's okay.

8/11/2008 10:09 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

haha Condi. The Russian expert. What a great way to end their presidency. Restart the cold war. It would be appropriate wouldn't it? Remember when Bush first met Putin? Everybody though they were going to be buddy buddy! LOL. That was when we were confident we could push Russia around. I can't believe the Georgian leadership was soooo stupid. Did they really think being friends with the Americans were going to protect them? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

8/11/2008 10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting commentary on CSMonitor.

8/11/2008 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scary, scary. Another cold war facing us? Is Russia taking advantage of our weakened military might, thanks to GWB?

And the biggest scare of all, McCain's response to this.

Related to Condi, I never thought I would say it, but I think she has been a calming influence of Georgie. Or at a minimum, a counterweight to Cheney.

8/11/2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous NeilS said...

The story will be shoe-horned into a cold war analogy. It is just too easy to make the comparison.

And you are right about Condi. I was just thinking the same thing You might say that she (along with others) screwed up in the mideast because they are generally ignorant of the region. But Condi is an an expert on Russia and has clearly misread them. The threats o fmissiles in Poland and premature recognition of Kosovo has pushed the world into an unecessarily risky situation.

8/11/2008 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Daulton said...

IOZ, quoting from William Kristol:

"I find the notion that 'we owe Georgia a serious effort to defend its sovereignty' because it assisted us in invading Iraq, deposing and executing Iraq's leader, and then pursuing a multi-year occupation of Iraqi territory, to be absolutely delightful."

8/11/2008 2:44 PM  
Blogger Mr. Hedley Bowes said...


8/11/2008 3:26 PM  
Anonymous e. nonee moose said...


LOL! Well, not really... It's more scary than funny at this point.

8/11/2008 9:50 PM  
Blogger Khyron said...

I guess everyone had those thoughts about Condi...

8/12/2008 3:48 AM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

You know what I have noticed. The Russians have gotten way better at the propaganda thing. They have clearly been taking notes from our government. We are "preventing genocide". haha. We have no interest in invading Georgian territory. Great stuff.

8/12/2008 3:38 PM  
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8/12/2008 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thought you were going to say this or the one where he gives her a playful pat on the bottom. Argh.

"Not much worthwhile commentary"

Try Time Magazine or HuffingtonPost, or just a plain google news search.

I think Condi has everyone baffled. Where is the Dark Lord Cheney?

We need new thinkers for a new tomorrow, and not these relics from a century ago.

8/13/2008 11:19 AM  
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