Monday, August 18, 2008

From Russia, With Love...

So, I have to admit. The more I think about the Russian invasion of Georgia, the more I'm indifferent towards the whole thing.

I realize this is a whole "act of aggression" and "Putin trying to reunite the Motherland" and all, but the level of international hostility towards this action really has me a little surprised.

Case in point, isn't this essentially just another superpower enacting the "Bush Doctrine" of preemptive attack on a sovereign nation that goes against their national interests? Shouldn't we be encouraging this type of action, given our propensity towards solving problems via regime change (whether it be military or subtle "Mujaheddin" type actions)?

Am I being unreasonable here, or should I be viewing this as different since USA isn't doing it this time?

Either way you look at it, Russia doesn't really appear to be leaving anytime soon, despite any withdrawal promises:

"... forces are in the process of leaving Gori, a strategic city that sits on Georgia's only significant east-west road.

Also, Russian tanks moved even deeper into Georgia on Sunday, digging in at a checkpoint barely 30 kilometres west of the capital, Tbilisi, the CBC's Mike Hornbrook reported from
the city.

Under the European Union-brokered peace plan signed by both Russian Presient Dmitry Medvedev and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, both sides are to pull forces back to positions held before last week's outbreak of fierce fighting in the breakaway region of South Ossetia."

Yea, that doesn't sound all that promising to me as far as any "troop withdrawal", unless you redefine the Georgian-Russian border to annex current gains by Russian troops, THEN they'd be withdrawn technically right?


SayHey Kid said...

This is completely different from Bush Doctrine, this is a open slap to the face to the West. Bush lied to congress to goto war. Russia said "to hell with that mess" and flat out invaded a country that was pretty much a 3rd world nation 3 years ago. This is Russia vs. Afganistan part duex.

And I do find humor knowing that Sochi, Russia hosts the Winter games in 2014. Perhaps another US boycott???

Dews said...

I dunno, I guess I just don't buy the argument that Russia has to follow the exact same process as we did in order for it to be defined as essentially the same preemptive type of action.

Is it morally less reprehensible to lie your way into a foreign conflict, or just say screw it and attack?

I just don't see much difference between the two.

SayHey Kid said...

Being a bully and lying to become a bully are two completely different tactics.

Jack Gonzo, MD said...

We were a bully a long time before we started lying to invade countries.

SayHey Kid said...

Well, when we didnt lie we werent exactly "the invaders". We funded wars and provided aides to the "invaders", which were then, militants.

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

Russia: America, don't do that, we'll get pissed. Seriously. No, I'm not kidding. BOOM!

US: Terrorists! No? Weapons of mass destruction! Oh, um, well. Freedom! Really?