“Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century,” President Bush said yesterday. “Only Russia can decide whether it will now put itself back on the path of responsible nations or continue to pursue a policy that promises only confrontation and isolation. To begin repairing relations with the United States, Europe and other nations and to begin restoring its place in the world, Russia must respect the freedom of its neighbors.”
At roughly the same time, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was saying, “The world needs to help Georgia maintain its sovereignty, its territorial integrity and its independence.”
Oh yes, and the day before Black Friday, John McCain was saying, in a NYT op-ed piece, “For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call.” The day before that, in a press conference, he had said, “In the 21st century, nations don’t invade other nations.”
Admittedly, all this was only slightly less believable than Russian President Medvedev telling French President Nicolas Sarkozy by telephone Friday night “that he was also going to sign the accord and that Russia would scrupulously respect its commitments on this agreement, notably confirming the withdrawal of Russian forces.”
And all of this goes in the non-fiction section at Border’s?