Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Russians should get out of Georgia

Who's kidding who. The Russians are playing a very dangerous game in Georgia and it puts me in mind of some of their previous adventures as the Soviet Union. I went to high school with Hungarian refugees from the Russian invasion of Hungary. Meanwhile I think our response has been pretty anemic, almost but not quite as bad as Carter's decision not to go to the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. (Ooo naughty Russians, we won't play with you ... give me a break!)

Google News Reports that:

The United States, Georgia's main Western ally, cancelled joint military exercises with Russia due to start Friday in the Sea of Japan and is considering other protest measures, US officials said. France and Britain were also to take part.

"In the wake of this conflict, there is no way that we can proceed with this joint exercise at this time," the official said.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said: "I can assure you that Russia's international reputation and what role Russia can play in the international community is very much at stake here." [emphasis added]

I guess that'll show'em!

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