Saturday, August 16, 2008

Bolton on Russian Invasion

John Bolton writes an interesting piece on the ineptitude of U.S. foreign policy as it pertains to the Russian invasion of Georgia .
As bad as the bloodying of Georgia is, the broader consequences are worse. The United States fiddled while Georgia burned, not even reaching the right rhetorical level in its public statements until three days after the Russian invasion began, and not, at least to date, matching its rhetoric with anything even approximating decisive action. This pattern is the very definition of a paper tiger.


Anonymous said...

keep in mind that Georgia initiated the use of force on South Ossetia- with the support of the U.S. and Israel. It is foolish to expect Russia to sit back and watch while this happens on its borders. The western press has been near unanimously criticized Russia for being an unprovoked aggressor -

Anonymous said...

Bolton's piece is less interesting than it is mindlessly hyperbolic.

The equation of the Georgian situation with Chamberlain is utterly laughable to even the most elementary student of foreign policy, as is his contention that there is some sort of "vacuum" between Russian borders and NATO membership; indeed, the essential nature of the current conflict is that NATO unilaterally decided in the '90's that there will be no vacuum at all.

There are serious minds to pay attention to with regard to U.S. foreign policy. John Bolton is not one of them.

Anonymous said...

I second anonymous's post. Georgia is getting none of the media grief in this conflict.

Anonymous said...

Wait... Damn... Which Anonymous are you talking about? Don't tell me we'll have to start using actual names or something.