Russian President Dmitri Medvedev today said he agreed to a cease-fire in Georgia, discrediting many neoconservatives who were predicting war with Russia. On his radio show this afternoon, however, Bill O’Reilly still claimed that “World War III” is “on the horizon”:
But the message is sent: I, Vladimir Putin, and Russia can do whatever we want to do, and you can’t stop us because we have the oil. Now, its the same thing with Iran. Who props up Iran? Russia. Why? Because Russia wants the United States weakened. And Russia knows that Iran wants to dominate the oil in the Gulf. So Russia sells Iran weapons, blocks any sanctions against them, and he’s playing the double game. Putin is a real villain. Now, this is World War III on the horizon, ladies and gentlemen.
“It’s not actually true that the ‘lessons of Munich‘ are applicable to every single event in the world,” notes Matt Yglesias.