Foreign Policy? HOPEfully

Is Russia building a new aggressive empire?
We should know before we vote.

In a blunt three-hour interview over lunch, Vladimir Putin turned the air blue and denied claims he is building a new Soviet empire as he defended his ’embattled and encircled’ country.

Should we taunt Russia with might, er, media?
We should know before we vote.

ABC news – Sarah Palin wants Georgia and Ukraine in NATO noting that if attacked again the United States would go to war with Russia.

Can we live in peace?
We should know before we vote.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia has a 9/11 too, “like the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001”.

Russia had not sought a war, Mr Medvedev said.

He said the world had learned lessons from the attacks in the US on 11 September 2001 and hoped the same would happen for Russia’s situation.

“The world has changed and it occurred to me that 8 August 2008 has become for Russia as 11 September 2001 for the United States. This is an accurate comparison corresponding to Russian realities.”

He said the balance of power in the world is out of date.

I’m not saying Russia is meek or clear or capable of cooperation because of a speech or two. I’m saying a speech or two reveals Sarah Palin isn’t federal material and I wouldn’t imagine her shtick on the global scene.

But don’t worry too much.
John McCain can take over in a pinch.

“I am prepared. I am prepared. I need no on-the-job training. I wasn’t a mayor for a short period of time. I wasn’t a governor for a short period of time.”

Yes. Yes. Yes. Read that twice!

McCain doesn’t think mayors or governors can handle it. And that’s no lie.