August 18, 2008
The Russian invasion of Georgia is a reminder that we live in a very dangerous world. Why do we need these reminders? Isn’t it obvious?
I never believed that hard-line communists, like Vladimir Putin, suddenly became born-again freedom-lovers. And now the former head of the KGB has proved he hasn’t changed by ordering the invasion of Georgia.
The United States can’t do much except huff and puff, but Russia should be forced to pay a price for this naked aggression. Europe should step up for a change and find its spine, if it has one after so many years of an unwillingness to stand up for anything.
The Russian invasion again demonstrates why we can’t have someone with the political equivalent of a learner’s permit at the wheel of this country. That’s Fred Thompson’s metaphor and it’s a good one. These are serious times and we need a president who has the experience and maturity not to be taken in by calls for diplomacy instead of action when action is called for.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.