Monday, August 11, 2008


The Powers of Diplomacy

[Bill] Richardson: "My view is that the United States -- if we had a stronger relationship with Russia, we could exercise strong diplomacy to stop this effort against Georgia. We should immediately go to the United Nations Security Council, condemn Russia's action, and then get the Security Council to pass a strong resolution getting the Russians to show some restraint, and possibly at the same time generate some U.N. peacekeeping troops. The problem, though, is that we don't have the kind of influence and strength in our relationship with Russia to persuade them. This has been one of the failures of the Bush administration, failing to build a strong relationship, a mutually beneficial relationship with Russia, so we'd have the kind of influence to persuade them to stop some of these very, very dangerous efforts within their territory" ("This Week," ABC, 8/10). Hotline On Call: Sunday Snapshot -- Georgia On My Mind

: NRO)

Bill Richardson ran for the Democratic nomination this cycle but of course now is fully in the Obama camp. No doubt, the strong relationships that he or Senator Obama would have forged would have already been used to convince Russia to allow a Security Council resolution to request these same Russians to show restraint.…I guess by not using their Veto Power.

Full Disclosure: At one time I considered Bill Richardson one of the best of a poor lot of Democratic candidates. I’m embarrassed for that…but still not convinced he wasn’t one of the best of a poor lot.

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