Invasions in 2006 vs. 2008

PHOTO: Bush speaking
Remember back in 2006 when Israel invaded Lebanon because of a border skirmish? Back then, the international community condemned Israel for their disproportionate military response.

This was what George Bush had to say back then:

The recent crisis in the region was triggered by the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers by the terrorist group Hezbollah and the launch of rockets against Israeli cities [Editors Note: Bush was misleading about how the war started]. I believe sovereign nations have the right to defend their people from terrorist attack, and to take the necessary action to prevent those attacks…

…Secretary Rice will make it clear that resolving the crisis demands confronting the terrorist group that launched the attacks and the nations that support it.

Now, Russia is the one disproportionately responding to a border dispute and this is what Bush has to say:

I am deeply concerned by reports that Russian troops have moved beyond the zone of conflict, attacked the Georgian town of Gori, and are threatening the Georgia’s — Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi. There’s evidence that Russian forces may soon begin bombing the civilian airport in the capital city…

…Russia’s government must respect Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. The Russian government must reverse the course it appears to be on, and accept this peace agreement as a first step toward resolving this conflict.

Russia’s actions this week have raised serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region. These actions have substantially damaged Russia’s standing in the world. And these actions jeopardize Russians’ relations — Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe. It is time for Russia to be true to its word and to act to end this crisis.

If we’re going to pretend to be the moral police of the world, we should at least maintain the illusion of consistency. On the issue of national sovereignty, we have no credibility. We’re currently occupying two sovereign nations, we’ve threatened to bomb another for merely possessing a weapon. That we would demand anything of Russia on this score is laughable.


  1. Ian

    This seems a lot like yesterday, or at least what I would say about it is a lot like yesterday. I’m not saying how Bush is acting is right, but what do you really expect him to say? This is age old policy stuff based on how the US has always treated Israel and Russia.

  2. Chris

    I guess I’m saying the policy is wrong 🙂

  3. Ian

    That’s fine, but I don’t think its really fair to call out Bush for upholding the status quo. Or at least, not realistic to expect him to do otherwise. Criticize the status quo, not those who perpetuate it.

  4. Chris

    Now you’re just arguing for the sake of arguing 🙂

  5. Ian

    Hardly. I’m saying put blame where blame is due and don’t practice, as Hillary so eloquently put, “the politics of pile on”. Bush is an easy target, but he certainly isn’t the real source of all of our problems.

  6. Ted

    Bush is really starting to look old now. Did you see him at the Olympics? Almost completely gray hair.

  7. Ian

    It happened to Clinton too. He’s 8 years older now than when he started and its got to be a stressful job.