Monday, August 11, 2008

Late Edition: Do Cornyn’s Standards Mean We Should Kick Ourselves Out of the G8?

Nicole Belle, Crooks and Liars: As Jerome a Paris, who wrote this great article, put it in an email to me:
Neocons are people that see danger everywhere and seem to crave military solutions in all cases. They endlessly blather about how we need to stand firm against bullies or other threats (Russia being near the top of the list), and protect our brave allies on the front lines, and along with them, democracy, freedom and our honor. They mock cowardly Europeans who think appeasement (read - any diplomacy) might have a chance. They fuel conflicts and perpetually tout military options.
And yet, whenever given the opportunity to stand up to their words (and sent other people to fight, of course, they don’t do that themselves), the results are surprisingly poor.
Case in point, Sen John Cornyn, who had to wrestle with some serious pretzel logic on McCain’s position to kick Russia out of the G8. (Click the pic for the vid.)
BLITZER: Do you agree with Sen. McCain, Sen. Cornyn, that Russia should be kicked out of the G8?
CORNYN: Well, I think, you know, we’re not at that point, uh, yet. I think certainly - not over this incident, but I do think we need to recognize Russia for what it is and of course it was the Soviet Union that invaded Afghanistan back in the late 70s that has created so much hardship for the Afghan people, so much lack of stability in that area, so I think, you know, Russia is a superpower. They have the responsibilities of a superpower and they cannot claim that they are on any kind of equal basis or really legitimately threatened by Georgia from a military standpoint. But we do need to…we do need a resolution here, and lest this thing spin out of control.
Um, Sen. Cornyn? Have you heard of Iraq? I hate to be pedantic about this, but by your standards, the US should be kicked out of the G8. You really want to go down this road?
For more about the Georgian/Russian conflict, see this article: The warmongers have lost yet another war.
LSB: My dumbass Senator just can't help himself - once again he steps in "it," but Blitzer fails to call him out.

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