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Richardson’s mental lapse
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

While diplomacy is indeed an important aspect of foreign relations, George Will points out that those who would surround Barack Obama and advise him seem obsessed with it to the point that they believe it is the solution to every situation - even to the point of foolishness.
Vladimir Putin, into whose soul President George W. Bush once peered and liked what he saw, has conspicuously conferred with Russia's military, thereby making his poodle, "President" Dmitry Medvedev, yet more risible. But big events reveal smallness, such as that of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

On ABC's "This Week," Richardson, auditioning to be Barack Obama's running mate, disqualified himself. Clinging to the Obama campaign's talking points like a drunk to a lamppost, Richardson said that this crisis proves the wisdom of Obama's zest for diplomacy and that America should get the U.N. Security Council "to pass a strong resolution getting the Russians to show some restraint." Apparently Richardson was ambassador to the United Nations for 19 months without noticing that Russia has a Security Council veto.

This crisis illustrates, redundantly, the paralysis of the United Nations regarding major powers, hence regarding major events, and the fictitiousness of the European Union regarding foreign policy.
Richardson has never particularly impressed me intellectually. But this mental lapse (19 months as US ambassador and doesn't remember that Russia holds veto power on the Security Council and isn't very likely to OK a resolution which condemns it?) comes as a bit of a surprise, even for him.

The UN, as a first choice for diplomacy in a case like this, isn't exactly taking the bull by the horns. Everyone with even a passing interest in world affairs understands that the UN has no power and certainly no ability to do anything about the situation in Georgia. At best it will pass meaningless resolutions (an impossibility for the reason stated). Most likely, at least in this case, it will do absolutely nothing except issue a few harsh words in diplospeak which will have absolutely no effect on the ongoing crisis.

Diplomacy certainly has a place in world affairs. But when faced with a nation who ignores world condemnation to pursue its goals, diplomacy most likely isn't going to work. Not that, in this case, there are any other good choices in the bag either. In fact, diplomacy may end up being the best way to end the conflict. But not through the UN and certainly not through the Security Council.

If Bill Richardson represents the voice of experience for the Obama camp, then the Obama camp is worse off than I suspected.
 
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I suggest a strongly-worded letter and some finger-wagging.
 
Written By: the wolf
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Richardson has never particularly impressed me intellectually.
He’s always impressed me as having nothing on the ball and no common sense. And when he chewed on his fingernails as he was grilled (I think it had something to do with some mishap when he was Clinton’s Energy Secretary) by a Congressional committee, I thought that I might be watching someone psychologically unprepared for leadership.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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All the guys line up for the girls that do as much or more than the girls that are pretty.

Putin is praying for an Obama Presidency. 4 years of behavior of this level and beyond and no real repercusion. So Putin will be free to act with his military and the US has been cowed into inaction. In its immediate sphere Russia may become ’thee’ de facto world power. Not just ’a’ world power.

Europe to a degree helped set the sentiment of the US left. Obama is a product of the sentiment. I hope Europe enjoys the president they wanted.

"After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting" - Spock to his fiancee’s lover.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Sometimes you get the feeling these guys were all trained by aliens.
 
Written By: Neo
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On Fox this morning, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine explained how Obama saved Georgia:
“It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in. And I’m very, very happy that the Senator’s request for a ceasefire has been complied with by President Medvedev.”
What a downer for floating-President of the EU Sarkozy who went to Moscow today to get a Georgia ceasefire and return to original positions.
 
Written By: Neo
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Richardson has never particularly impressed me intellectually. But this mental lapse (19 months as US ambassador and doesn’t remember that Russia holds veto power on the Security Council and isn’t very likely to OK a resolution which condemns it?) comes as a bit of a surprise, even for him.
Consider a more cynically driven scenario:
Richardson knows full well what’s what, but figures most voters don’t.... particularly those who worship at the altar of the UN... In short, Obama supporters.

 
Written By: Bithead
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Two additional points:

Will asks about .. why August ?
This is easy .. Europe goes on vacation in August and virtually everything stops.

I caught one post (which I can’t remember where) that talked about how Georgia is strategic to the War on Terror .. seems that US flights to Afghanistan go over Georgia to avoid Russia and Iran.
 
Written By: Neo
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"Consider a more cynically driven scenario:
Richardson knows full well what’s what,..."

From what I have seen and read of him over the years, that is extremely unlikely.
 
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