"Many in Washington have described Russia's attack on Georgia as a turning point in international affairs. ... The attack on Georgia will go down not as the dawn of a new era of Russian power but as a major strategic blunder. ... The truth is, we're not in the 19th century, where the Russian intervention would have been standard operating procedure for a great power. ... Its actions are deplorable but the reaction to them--worldwide--is a sign of how much the rules have changed. ... The problem is not that Russia has been integrated into a world order that has failed to deter it, but rather that the country reamins largely unintegrated--and thus feels it has little to lose by breaking the rules", my emphasis, Fareed Zakaria (FZ) at Newsweek, 8 September 2008.
"'At no time did the U.S. attempt to train or equip the Georgian armed forces for a conflict with Russia,' [LTC Robert Hamilton] says. ... Even so, Newsweek has learned, NATO didn't bother to formally assess any of the new members' defense needs before they joined. 'The attitude was, the more the merrier,' says retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Charles Wald, deputy commander of U.S. forces in Europe through the early years of this decade. 'NATO didn't really look at the Article 5 part of it'," Newsweek, 15 September 2008.
Black humor? Do I detect racism afoot? I remember the Washington, DC school district banned the use of the word, "niggardly". Ouija board? Who needs one if you have a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar? I may have grown up with Spengler. He talks of the mafia in Bensonhurst and NY's parking problems. I thought for decades it would be a pleasure to get rid of the UN and its army of rude "diplomats" armed with "DPL" and "FC" plates double-parking all over NY! Bensonhurst, no way; Bay Ridge! Yeah, Colonial Road in the 90s! Brilliant, I never thought of a motorized wheelchair brigade! Go Spengler. I add, domestic policy too! Victor Davis Hanson, please read this. I suggested "showing the Russians" with my "Paulson-Gates-Rice" position swap, 15 September 2008 post.
What really happened FZ? Your illusions were blasted into oblivion by Czar Putin's tanks. Grow up. That's how the world works. Read Thomas Hobbe's Leviathan, 1651. You might learn something. Nations exist in a "state of nature". What is it you don't understand? What does FZ think we should do with Russia, send it to bed without any supper? Put Russia in detention? Keep Russia after school? FZ, read Oliver Wendell Holmes comments at my 25 April 2008 post.
I return to 1960 and Katanga's revolt against the central Congo government in Leopoldville. The USSR backed Patrice Lumumba. Moise Tshombe, backed by Belgium and certain Western interests, led Katanga's revolt. The US airlifted a UN force into the Congo to fight for Lumumba. At times, the UN forces fought Tshombe's. The US backed another group, Joseph Kasavubu's and wanted to keep the Congo, now Zaire, intact. In 1963 the UN forces defeated Tshombe's reuniting the Congo. I remember thinking at the time: what is Ike doing? Why are we involved in a civil war on the other side of the Atlantic, fighting on what seems to be the USSR's side against our "ally" Belgium? I now add, in "reassembling" the Congo, we established a precedent opposed to our treatment of Kosovo.
Didn't look at Article 5 of NATO. Amazing.