Have you seen anyone in Denver who looks even remotely prepared to handle North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq—and now Georgia?
Besides Hillary Clinton, that is?
A U.S. Coast Guard ship carrying humanitarian aid docked in the Georgian Black Sea port of Batumi Wednesday, as Georgia’s Western allies renewed their criticism of Russia amid escalating tensions.
The cutter Dallas bypassed its original destination, the Georgian port of Poti, which is controlled by Russian troops still in the country despite a cease-fire deal to end conflict between the two countries.
The arrival of the Dallas cames as Western leaders renewed criticism of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s move Tuesday to recognize the independence of two Georgian breakaway provinces, Abkhazia and South Ossetia — over which Georgia and Russia have been fighting.
The move, which controvened a French-brokered cease-fire deal to end the conflict, was condemned as illegal by European leaders.
The 26 countires of NATO — which Georgia is seeking to join — greed on a joint statement urging Moscow to reconsider its decision, AP reported.
Russia has, in turn, criticized the U.S. program to deliver $20 million of aid to Georgia. One general labeled the move “devilish,” according to The Associated Press.
“The heightened activity of NATO ships in the Black Sea perplexes us,” AP quoted Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn as saying in Moscow.
I can understand your perplexity, General: Russia is completely unfamiliar with coming to the defense of the little guy against the bully—since more often than not Russia is the bully in question.
But “devilish”? Feeding people is devilish? I certainly agree that feeding people is not “Stalinish”—starving yes, feeding no—but I can’t agree that putting food in the bellies of scared and deprived people is the mark of the devil.
See, General, this is why many of us came to be proud of our country before Michelle Obama did—former Democrats who voted for George Bush in 2004. Because in spite of his manifest faults, amply elaborated on here and elsewhere, he understands the broad role the US plays in the world today, too often alone: defender of freedom, proliferator of liberty. I know this sounds trite and embarrassing to some of you, but the record speaks for itself.