Saturday, November 15, 2008

"The Bush Effect": A Cautionary Tale

Keith Olbermann of "Countdown" pointed out how George Bush serves as an example for other leaders of what not to do in foreign affairs. 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was trying to persuade Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia not to pursue the overthrow of the government of President Mikheil Saakashvilli of Georgia during the Russian-Georgian conflict in August. The dialogue took place in the Élysée Palace and was recently reported by the Times of London:

Putin: I am going to hang Saakashvilli by the balls.

Sarkozy: Hang him?

Putin: Why not? The Americans hanged Saddam Hussein.

Sarkozy: Yes, but do you want to end up like Bush?

Putin (following a pause): Ah, you have scored a point there.

Nice to know that, in his own way, George Bush helps to make the case for restraint and diplomacy in world affairs.

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