Monday, August 18, 2008
Cameron Fills Vacuum Left By Gordon
According to some reports, senior US officers and the Iraqi government have now lost faith in British forces.
Maybe Brown's current virtual invisibility encouraged Cameron to make the bold ploy for an Oppostion leader of making his own visit: in Brown's absence, he provided a substitute NATO prime minister for Mikheil to chat to. But, following on from my post yesterday, Dave's suggestion that we embrace Georgia into NATO, Russian ire notwithstanding, is singularly ill-advised rubbish. Article 5 of the treaty obliges us to come to the aid of any member suffering an attack.
Is it really conceivable that we in the UK, will go to war- with all the concomitant nuclear danger- over Georgia? What kind of forces can we put in the field, given our already overloaded commitments elsewhere? If Russia, say, absorbs Georgia, are we really prepared to go to war? And if we are tested and desist, what price a NATO guarantee in the future? Dave really should be listening to wiser counsels on foreign policy issues.
Would Georgia have acted in the same manner if they were a NATO member? Almost certainly not.
NATO membership would have adverted the crisis rather than intensified it. Not necessarily through scaring off Russia through the threat of nuclear holocaust, but NATO members could have leaned on the Georgians more to avoid their aggressive, renegade action
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