EDITORIAL: George Bush, Asleep at the Switch

EDITORIAL

George Bush, Asleep at the Switch

Two recent developments highlight the disturbing lack of leadership from the U.S. White House that is allowing the neo-Soviet Kremlin to achieve far more of its malignant goals than should be the case.  President Bush is a asleep at the switch, and the sooner he vacates the Oval Office, the better.

First, writing for the Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor, Vladimir Socor reveals how Gazprom is being permitted to attack the sponsors of the Nabucco pipeline project, which is supposed to allow fossil fuels to flow out of Central Asia without depending on Russia, thus dramatically reducing Russia’s ability to blackmail Europe with threats to its energy supplies.  The current target of attack is Romania, and the Bush administration is doing nothing to prevent it.

Then Farkhad Sharip, also writing for EDM (thus proving what an essential resource that publication really is), shows how Russia itself is moving aggressively into the Central Asian region as the result of the “intertia” caused by the Bush administration’s lack of leadership.

On a recent trip to Kazakhstan, U.S. Secretary of State Rice went out of her way to avoid appearing to threaten Russian “interests.”  Sharip asks the obvious question:

But will the olive branch from Washington be heeded by the Kremlin? The standoff, in many ways reminiscent of the Soviet-era cold war, has gone too far to bring relations back to normal; and time is working for Moscow. While the West is restlessly seeking acceptable diplomatic language with Moscow, Russia is expanding its military and political presence in Central Asia. Nursultan Nazarbayev’s ostentatious justification of Russian military actions in South Ossetia and Georgia encouraged the Russian military to entangle Kazakhstan into questionable cooperation under the guise of fighting terrorism.

The Bush adminstration will be remembered for misleading the world on Vladimir Putin’s intentions from the first, with the confused Mr. Bush calling Putin “trustworthy” after “looking into his eyes” and “glimpsing his soul.”  And it will be remembered for being unable to admit its error in that regard and for failing to correct its policy when the truth became obvious for all to see.

4 responses to “EDITORIAL: George Bush, Asleep at the Switch

  1. He is not asleep, just doesn’t know what the switch is for and doesn’t know how to use it

  2. Ooops, let’s not leave Condi Rice, a Russian expert by background, out of this sorry equation and our rotten State Dept. which she failed to clean up.

    Russia needs to be treated like it was during the Cold War, isolated as a rotten rogue nation that is predatory towards its neighbors and most likely incapable of ever joining the West as a democracy. Not all cultures are equal, sorry, but, that’s a fact.

    I’ve had first hand experience with Russians, they are sweet, but, the most childlike individuals ever. Their “kitchen talk” is entertaining, utopian and expansive, after that reality ends.

    Let’s hope falling oil prices puts them back in their isolated box and gives their neighbors some peace.

  3. Tower Bolshevik

    When was he awake?

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:Presumably you think he was when he looked into Putin’s eyes and called him trusthworthy.

  4. Penny, how exactly would Rice “clean up” Russia?

    Please tell me your kidding, if not, tell me how you would.

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