The war is apparently over in Georgia:
A reluctant Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said Friday he signed a cease-fire agreement with Russia and declared in the presence of the chief U.S. diplomat that the West had behaved in ways that invited the invasion.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had been assured that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will sign an identical document. The United States says the pact protects the former Soviet republic’s interests despite concessions to Moscow.
“With this signature by Georgia, this must take place and take place now,” Rice said. She did not say what, if anything, the United States would do if Russia defies the truce.
So, according to the clown who started this mess by launching an assault into South Ossetia, the “West” and the US are to blame for the Russian response. On the bright side, at least our humanitarian aid and assistance is getting there in a timely fashion:
As of late Thursday, Ankara, a NATO ally, hadn’t cleared any U.S. naval vessels to steam to Georgia through the Bosporus and the Dardanelles, the narrow straits that connect the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, the officials said. Under the 1936 Montreaux Convention, countries must notify Turkey before sending warships through the straits.
Pentagon officials told McClatchy that they were increasingly dubious that any U.S. Navy vessels would join the aid operation, in large part because the U.S.-based hospital ships likely to go, the USNS Comfort and the USNS Mercy, would take weeks to arrive.
“The president was writing checks to the Georgians without knowing what he had in the bank,” said a senior administration official.
“The president got out in front of the planning when he talked publicly about using naval forces,” said a second senior administration official. “At that point we need to look at treaty obligations, our bilateral relations with the Turks and others, waterway restrictions and what kind of ships might be appropriate and usable — something like the Comfort or something already in the Med (Mediterranean).”
The U.S. officials requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly, because the issue is diplomatically sensitive or because the administration takes a dim view of officials who reveal its internal deliberations.
I am so inspired by our administration’s deft handling of the humanitarian aid aspect of this crisis that I broke out photoshop for the occasion.
At this point, I think it is fair to wonder if we can survive the next few months Bush is in office without nuclear armageddon.