Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Senatorial Posturing on Georgia
Neutral peacekeepers for Abkhazia and Ossetia. Great. We've heard that proposal for more than ten years. It's a great proposal on paper. Like Aesop's mice wanting to put the bell on the cat, just one small problem: someone has to want to do it. The Europeans have passed up the opportunity to send forces to the Caucasus for years. Senators Graham, McCain, Chambliss, Sununu and others: ready to argue for U.S. peacekeepers to go? Not holding my breath.
Georgia in NATO. Senator Graham says Georgia will be a great addition and that the alliance will be strengthened. For once, please move beyond the easy rhetoric and explain. Do we expect a Georgia in NATO to become part of our toolbox to use against Iran? (Have the Georgians thought this through--NATO as a hedge against Russia is one thing, getting involved in a conflict with Iran--when the Georgian government has energy deals with Tehran--may be another thing altogether). How is the alliance "strengthened" when we have Chirac's speech of last week which seems to indicate a different view for NATO?
On a related note, while the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi stated no one shot at Senator McCain's helicopter, it is apparently too good of a story to pass up, as it continues to circulate. Perhaps it can be broadened so that Vladimir Putin is trying to assassinate the next President of the United States.