I have followed the Georgia/Russia story over the last week that it has been on the news media's radar. I am sure there is a lot more in the back story that we are not getting. I am no longer surprised when our Idiot-In-Chief displays his self serving myopia. I remember, even if the media apparently doesn't, that Bush totally disrespected Putin in the matter of Kosovo's independence from Serbia and when he brushed off Putin's objections to the proposed missile detection site in the Czech Republic. No one notes how tit for tat this situation is. Nor is anyone questioning exactly what the US can do in this situation. I think there was a sound bite from some American diplomat suggesting that Russia be expelled from the G8 but that assumes that the other members would agree and that Russia would really mind being kicked out. Besides getting on his moral high horse (which is about the size of a miniature pony now) I don't see much that Bush can do. C.A. Rotwang at TPM Cafe presents the case nicely.
For some time now I have wondered at the incompetence of the Bush administration. I have had the sneaky feeling that the incompetence is simply a part of an underlying goal of proving that government is truly as tyrannical, bumbling, ineffectual as Conservative ideology paints it. I am glad to see that others share my suspicion. Take a trip over to Shakesville and read Chet Scoville's review of Thomas Frank's 'The Wrecking Crew." Unfortunately, the 'market' so touted by Conservatives doesn't appear to have any great advantage, at least not for ordinary Americans. But when have Conservatives ever been concerned with the riff-raff.