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Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Night That the Tanks Rolled Out in Georgia

If you've been reading The Wall Street Journal this week, you basically know what I think about this. Georgia was doing what it could for us in Iraq, and when she needed our help, there was nothing we could do except deliver food and medicine after a ceasefire, and for a while there was doubt even about that.

Maybe part of the reason was the Iraq war itself. But if that war had never occurred, would we have been any more likely to help the Georgians? How many of us even wish we could -- even after one throws in the obvious fact that the real quarry here is not Georgia but the pipeline that runs from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea, providing the only oil line connecting Central Asia to the West and bypassing both Russian and Iran? Once Russia controls that, there is once again a single "global hegemon," and it's not the U.S.

"[G]lobalization may soon lose its American parent," argues VDH:
[G]lobalization, in all its manifestations, will run out of steam the moment we tire of fueling it, as the world returns instead to the mindset of the 1930s — with protectionist tariffs; weak, disarmed democracies; an isolationist America; predatory dictatorships; and a demoralized gloom-and-doom Western elite.
A friend even older than me (Alcuin: you know him -- big intellectual at Charlemagne's court? organized schools for him?) was visiting us this week. I asked him if this was the new Poland, '39. He said no, but it might be the new Sudetenland, '38. And that was before Russia started holding on, post-ceasefire, to parts of Georgia that aren't even inside either of the two "breakaway" provinces.

Though Secretary Gates's current line is that there is no need for U.S. forces in Georgia, I might note that my son Lance Corporal "Jonathan Lee Morris," USMCR, is still in Iraq, that the U.S. Marines are "first to fight," and that the first in, if needed, would presumably be those closest to the scene.

Iowahawk nails the lighter side, such as it is: Red-Faced Russian Party-Crashers Retreat
...."Russia said South Ossetia invited them, to try out some of their pipeline stash," explained a source with the French Foreign Ministry. "I know Russia used to have something going on with Georgia, but nobody thought it was going to turn into a big ugly scene."


"Everyone was just sort of staring at Russia, who's in the middle of beating the hell out of Georgia, and Russia's like, 'what? Come on man, you have to admit it's funny,'" said a source with UNSCOM. "So Russia's going around, looking for high fives and is like, 'don't leave me hangin', bro,' but the G8 gives him the total gas face, so he's like, 'whatever, dude, this party sucked anyway.'"


"It's a shame, because Russia is a such a great guy when he's not drinking and invading neighbors," said US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. "I think it might help if some of us got together and organized an intervention."

For his part Lavrov rejected the idea that his nation had a drinking and invading problem.

"Hey man, we can quit any time we want," he said.

Hat-tip: TKB. But you knew that.