Don’t you just hate it when you find out that one of your very good friends waits until the Olympics have started before invading a poverty-striken country that just happens to be sitting on top of a couple oil pipelines, while killing thousands of innocent people?
This is especially inconvenient when this invasion occurs while your top foreign policy advisor and Russian expert finally is forced to interrupt her precious vacation.
“This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia where Russia can threaten a neighbor, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it,” declared Condoleeza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State and George Bush’s best girlfriend, conveniently ignoring the United States’ actions in Iraq.
“Things have changed.”
Russia says it bombed Georgia, an ally of the United States, last week after the Georgian military tried to capture South Ossetia, an area where Russians reside. Russian tanks rumbled into the Georgian city of Gori last Wednesday and continued deep into Georgian territory. Georgian officials said Gori was looted and bombed by the Russians.
“The message is that Russia has perhaps not accepted that it is time to move on from the Cold War and it is time to move to a new era in which relations between states are on the basis of equality, and sovereignty and economic integration,” Rice scolded those naughty Russians.
But State Department Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood stated that Russian retaliation, including wide-ranging air strikes, went far beyond any notion of trying to protect its citizens living in South Ossetia.
“I want to make very clear that the United States stands for the territorial integrity of Georgia, for the sovereignty of Georgia, that we support its democratically elected government and its people,” Rice pointed out, as much to the Russians as to Georgians, who appear to feel abandoned by the United States after six days of diplomatic hand-wringing.
Today, Rice finally left for Toulon, France, where she will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has led the European pressure campaign on Russia. From there she plans to go to Paris to meet with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner; on Friday she is flying to Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where she will speak with the president, Mikheil Saakashvili.
“I believe that they believe that they have made some progress and we welcome that and we certainly welcome the EU mediation,” Rice stated in nearly impenetrable political double-speak as she spoke to reporters at the White House before setting out on her journey.
The Russians have a different perspective, of course.
“Any civilized country would act same way,” pointed out Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov. “I may remind you [that on] September 11 , the reaction was similar. American citizens were killed. You know the reaction.”
Of course, the Russians are also ignoring the fact that 911 was merely a convenient excuse for George Bush invade an oil-rich country, Iraq, instead the country, Saudi Arabia, from where the terrorists actually came from — a country whose king just happpens to be a close personal friend of the Bush family.