Wednesday, August 13, 2008


I'm going to leave any deeper analysis of this current mess to Bucky, who is far more knowledgeable than I in this area. But there are so many thoughts flying through my brain this morning as I listened to Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili reacting on CNN to the latest move further into Georgian territory by Russian troops. Saakashvili insisted that the only thing that could help would be military aid from the west. Doesn't that just raise the fun specters of Russian-US nuclear war in the minds of those of us who grew up in the "duck and cover" age of the cold war. And even if we wanted to go in militarily, our fun Iraq adventure has drained the nation to the point that when something does happen that we both need AND want to move into militarily - does anyone think we can? Just one more benefit of W's bizarro move into Iraq. (A side note on that, check out Ron Suskind's book "The Way of the World" with his reports of the Bush administration's idiotic (not to mention illegal) move to forge a letter that would support the administration's decision to invade Iraq.)

So here we are - watching Russia invade a neighboring nation. It's not the 40s or 60s, it's not the 70s in Afghanistan (an invasion that led to our support of what became Al-Qaeda, talk about the law of unanticipated consequences!). It's the 21st century and we're apparently proving unable to deal with it today any better than we were able to deal with it in the 20th century.


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