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Sarkozy to Georgia

I see reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy is heading to Tbilisi and Moscow.  How sad it is that President George Bush remains at the Olympics and isn’t in Tbilisi, standing in support of a key U.S. ally who has stood by the U.S. in Iraq.  Likewise, it seems Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have no intention of traveling to Georgia.  If I were the Baltic states and Poland, like Georgia on the receiving end of Russian threats; Taiwan, on the receiving end of Chinese threats; Israel, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, on the receiving end of Iranian threats; or Columbia, on the receiving end of Veneuzelan subterfuge, I would be very worried indeed at the ineffectiveness of Washington’s response.  At least those Georgians being killed and all U.S. allies watching can rest assured that the State Department will seek a robust statement from the UN Security Council, at least if Russia doesn’t veto it.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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