Saakashvili Has Some Brains After All

August 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment

wow, I’m impressed. Mikhail Saakashvili shows he isn’t that dumb. True, he was brash enough to think he could pick a fight with Russia, but give him kudos for realizing that to attempt an insurgency now would be even more foolhardy.

“We had a choice here,” he said. “We could turn this country into Chechnya — we had enough people and equipment to do that — or we had to do nothing and stay a modern European country.”

He added: “Eventually we would have chased them away, but we would have had to go to the mountains and grow beards. That would have been a tremendous national philosophical and emotional burden.”

Well said. Would you destroy your own country just to kick the Russians out? Look at Iraq. Look at what a hell that has turned into. Those who fought against the Americans (and destroyed their country) deserve a lot of blame for the conditions in Iraq, most of the blame actually (America deserves the rest for going in in the first place).

Wars are a negative sum game.

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