About the Russian/Georgian War but I'm fresh out. As regular readers know, I am officially unimpressed by the glory of war. Heroism, bravery, I'm down with that and some of the finest examples are found in battle but wars just leave a damn big mess to clean up and any more, they don't even settle things all that well for anyone but the dead. There are times when they cannot be avoided and I despise appeasement -- but winning by trickery, guile and outright cheating to avoid a war, I'm a huge fan of -- me and Eric Frank Russell. (Especially see Wasp.)
There has been some talk here and there about Should America Pick A Side? (Oh, hells no, but Congress and the papers prolly will: Georgia, the underdog). It is usually then followed by wise discussion of Nuclear Brinksmanship, c'os y'know, "...us an' the Russkis, toe-to-toe...."
I'm callin' BS. Uncle Sam's brave(?) Congressbeings and The Executive Branch are neither one gonna bet Duluth (or as Tam has pointed out, worse yet an aircraft carrier group, 'cos whattaya gonna do in response?) against peace in Georgia. There's a mess there, one built and left behind by the Soviet Union; it is only one mess of many and you can bet the other former satrapies of the Evil Empire are watching closely. The Ukraine's already gettin' uppity and those are just the first sullen drumbeats. It's a family argument; I've no quarrel with sendin' food and blankets (other than with doing it with my taxes -- pass the hat, instead!) but we'd be otherwise clever to stay well out of this'n. It's not our fight.
Couldn't happen to a more-deserving spymaster turned de facto autocrat than Gospodin Putin. I think he's gonna get handed his own rump, done to a turn, and will have done more to get the old "buffer states" playin' nice together (and against Russia) than a whole nest of diplomats.
YANKEE RADIO TOOL KIT, #106
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