Bear Baiting Bubbas
Who tried to do what?
Even better is this quote from the Prez: "With its actions in recent days Russia has damaged its credibility and its relations with the nations of the free world. Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century."
Though you might not be able to tell by watching his deeds, a bucket of rotten fruit if ever one existed, "W" has always claimed to be a Christian. He's just not much for the ole Golden Rule and never stumbled across this little blurb from our Lord: "You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brother's eye."
Clearly Americans lack the capacity to see ourselves as others see us. For since 1994 our political elites have ceaselessly advanced a strategy of encircling Russia. After pledging to Gorby that we would not move our alliance into the former Soviet bloc, the Clinton and Bush administrations expanded NATO to include numerous former Warsaw Pact nations and three former republics of the Soviet Union. After all we have a deep strategic interest in the affairs of the Slovaks and Estonians.
In the late 90s American aircraft bombed Serbia for 78 days to steal Kosovo from the Serbs and hand it to group of Islamic thugs in clear contravention of morality, international law and Russian strategic interests. We've meddled in the internal affairs of Ukaraine and Georgia to create "democratic" revolutions, overthrowing Russian sympathizing regimes. We attempted to ram-rod a "free market" ideology onto the Russian people which amounted to the looting of the Russian nation by parasitical gangster capitalists. After Moscow allowed us to use former Soviet republics in Central Asia to war in Afghanistan the United States sought permanent bases there.
After fifteen years of baiting the Bear they finally had enough and responded to the idiotic provocation of the Georgians.
Pat Buchanan asks rhetorically what we expect from the Russians:
How would we have reacted if Moscow had brought Western Europe into the Warsaw Pact, established bases in Mexico and Panama, put missile defense radars and rockets in Cuba, and joined with China to build pipelines to transfer Mexican and Venezuelan oil to Pacific ports for shipment to Asia? And cut us out? If there were Russian and Chinese advisers training Latin American armies, the way we are in the former Soviet republics, how would we react? Would we look with bemusement on such Russian behavior?