Yglesias

Who Wants to Die for Sukhumi

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CREDIT:

Via Farley and Nexon, an instance of what Nexon terms NATO issuing “checks it probably can’t cash” in the Russo-Georgian conflict over Abkhazia. Quite so.

It would be appallingly stupid for the United States or our other key allies to put anything whatsoever on the line for the sake of Georgia’s efforts to reassert control over its rebellious province. The question of maintaining a good relationship with an important country, Russia, versus standing up for the independence of Russia’s neighbors poses some tough dilemmas. But when the issue is Georgia’s effort to rule over a province that by all indications doesn’t want to be ruled by Tblisi, the dilemma really isn’t difficult at all. We should just stay far, far, far away from this dispute and try to make it clear to our friends in Georgia that we don’t encourage them to do anything stupid.