Monday, August 11, 2008

McCain Tells Russia To Stand Down in Georgia

John McCain has told Russia to "stand down" its arms in Georgia. Russia has shown naked aggression against Georgia in the South Ossetia region and thousands of civilians have been killed as a result. South Ossetia has declared itself independent from Georgia since the early 1990s but no one recognizes this outside of Russia which has actively armed the separatist movements as a way of destabilizing Georgia.

McCain further stated that Russia's actions would result in "severe, long-term negative consequences" vis a vis its relationships with the United States and Europe. While Barack Obama has condemned the violence he has not condemned the Russians and has urged the UN Security Council meet. Yes, I'm sure the Russians will really be quite receptive to a resolution concerning its actions in Georgia.

The Russians want to reassert themselves as a world power. They will do so at the expense of the United States and its allies. John McCain will stare down the Russians until they blink. Does anyone honestly think Obama can go toe to toe with Putin much less his puppet Medvedev?


Ivan Ivanovich said...

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Oscar Wilde

Ray said...

I think a better question is: could anyone possibly be less effective than George Bush has been during this incident?