With its actions in recent days, Russia has damaged its credibility and its relations with the nations of the free world... Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century.
Putting aside for the moment that the people of Georgia have the same right to self-determination as any people, including the Iraqis, how can our Mis-Leader's throat grunt forth words so antithetical to his actions? HE is the one who set HIS country on an aggressive foreign policy, for dubious reasons. HIS foreign policy has killed far more people than Russia's action and probably wrecked more cities than even exist in Georgia. HE is the one who savaged this country's reputation, and HE is the one who made stomping on another country's sovereignty an acceptable foreign policy course for Russia. And don't suppose for a moment that other countries, China in particular, haven't also taken notice.
He is, as my sainted mother would say, a pure-dee hypocrite.
Fortunately for those of us with enough snap to be thoroughly disgusted by the Bush administration, he left us with this quote, in which I invite you to substitute the word "America" for "Russia"...
Only Russia can now decide whether it will now put itself back on the path of responsible nations or continue to pursue a policy that promises only confrontation.
And in America, unlike Russia, it is the People who make that decision.
Russia’s aggression towards Georgia is also noteworthy for what preceded it. It is now known that prior to its military attack, Russia launched what was probably the world’s first cyber-attack in advance of military action. (here) Let us hope administration officials took more notice of this than they did warnings of attacks on 9/11.