I'm not going to say I told you so
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - The White House on Monday pressed Russia not to recognize Georgia's rebel areas and said Vice President Dick Cheney, an staunch critic of Moscow, would visit the region to show U.S. support for former Soviet states....but not including Afghanistan, Iraq, or Serbia. I sure hope he at least had a smirk on his face when he said that, because there's no way I would've been able to say any of that with a straight face.
President George W. Bush said Georgia's borders must be respected after the Russian parliament called on the Kremlin to recognize two separatist regions -- South Ossetia and Abkhazia -- as independent states.
"I call on Russia's leadership to meet its commitments and not recognize these separatist regions," Bush said.
"Georgia's territorial integrity and borders must command the same respect as every other nation's, including Russia's," he said in a statement from his Texas ranch.
What exactly did I say? Read the whole thing, but here's the really pertinent part:
It would appear that a desire to do good through ending what it called genocide led the United States down a road that ended with it reshaping a long held international norm and getting pigeonholed into supporting an insignificant new country against its best interests. The road to hell is, indeed, paved with good intentions.Yup, pretty much.