Translation: On the bull is written: “2009, the Year of the Bull.” The hind end (Medvedev) asks: “Why do I have to bring up the rear?” The front end (Putin) answers: “Get off my case. When it’s the year of the bear, you can take the lead.”
Russia is Insane
“[South Ossetia and Abkhazia] are a part of Georgia and the international community has repeatedly made clear that they will remain so. There’s no room for debate on this matter.”
— U.S. President George Bush, speaking in Crawford Texas on August 16th
“I expect a very fast, very prompt withdrawal of Russian troops out of Georgia. This is an urgent matter. Georgia is a sovereign state and the territorial integrity of the state must be provided for. Georgia will, if it wants — and it does want to — become a member of NATO.”
— German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at the residence of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili on August 17th
Even by Russian standards, the level of irrationality in the Kremlin’s behavior over the past two weeks has been breathtaking. And trust us, that’s saying something.
Russia attacked Georgia without, it appears, reflecting for even a second upon the facts that (a) it would look like a fool after condemning U.S. action in Iraq and crushing the separatists in Chechnya or (b) it would polarize the nations of Eastern Europe to a hysterical extent just at the very moment when it was seeking to get them to reject the proposed U.S. missile defense system, driving them into the waiting arms of NATO or (c) it would provoke the world’s most powerful country and its NATO allies into a new cold war, just like the one that absolutely destroyed the USSR or (d) it could even be helping Putin’s arch nemesis, John McCain, come to power.
And then, believe it or not, it got worse.
- One Picture is Worth a Thousand Screams