What Are Allies For?

Russia invades Georgia, a staunch ally of the United States . So far our response has been a barrage of words. The problem is that our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq has made our bark louder than our bite. (Bush responded to the crisis by cheering athletes at the Olympics -Putin responded by leaving the Olympics to be in Russia). Before this is over countries will have second thoughts about their status as staunch allies of the United States. Until the bleeding stops in the Mideast, obligations to allies will be put on a back burner.

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