I'm not one to quote Maureen Dowd, but when she nails it, she nails it:
[W]ith this countryÂ’s military and moral force so depleted, the Bushies can hardly tell Russia to stop doing what they themselves did in Iraq: unilaterally invade a country against the will of the world to scare the bejesus out of some leaders in the region they didnÂ’t like.
Never mind the fact that Georgia provoked the fight and Iraq didn't. It's pretty much the same.
And when, oh when, are we going to get over this whole, "evil, we're fighting evil" crap?
Â“Unfortunately, today we are looking evil directly in the eye,Â” he said. Â“And today this evil is very strong, very nasty and very dangerous, for everybody, not only for us.Â”
Last but not least the real meat of the matter is in her final graf:
As Michael Specter, the New Yorker writer who has written extensively about Russia, observed: Â“There was a brief five-year period when we could get away with treating Russia like Jamaica Â— thatÂ’s over. Now we have to deal with them like grown-ups who have more nuclear weapons than anybody except us.Â”
Like grown ups? Fat chance with McCain's chief foreign policy advisor being the former registered former agent of Georgia. Fat chance with the Old White Haired Dude, as Paris Hilton called him, echoing the Bush foreign policy line. Can Obama's pragmatism make it through the filter of the right wing noise machine? Let us hope so.