Why The Neutralist? The term Isolationist implies a narrow Fortress America outlook and is used as an epithet. The term Neutralist does not indicate someone hiding out from the world. No one calls the Swiss isolationists. The Wilsonian world view is old, tired and wrong. Our interventions have been less and less successful and now the failure can no longer be covered up.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The best laid plans of mice and men, aft gang agley

The Georgian attack on its erring minorities went awry fast. Speed of light fast. The point has been made that the Caucasians would not have considered the gambit without at least a wink, if not a nod from Los Yanquis. One expects that to be true, especially as we consider timing.

So what conclusions can we gather from the events.

1. Russia was ready. They probably had more than an inkling of what was to happen.

2. We look stupid.

Gee that intel reform of a few years ago worked miracles.

Maybe, when the USSR broke up, along with some nukes, we should have bought the men who became the FSB.

This contretemps should give us pause. Unfortunately, if past is prologue, we shall be Bourbon about it, at least in the learning nothing department.

One can only picture the meeting of Putin and W in the great hall.

Spiked's Brendan O'Neill has a good article on the subject. Their are a lot of them, but this one stands out due to its intro,

It is remarkable how quickly other people’s bloody tragedies can be transformed into simple morality tales by Western observers sitting in cushioned, air-conditioned offices.

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