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Pivotal Moments

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Pivotal Moments"

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Here for you “delusions of grandeur” files, is a little bit of yesterday’s Glenn Beck:

BECK: But doesn’t — isn’t this a pivotal moment for the United States of America? Where NATO and the United States can’t do anything for a democracy-loving republic?

MCFAUL: That’s right, it is. Russia invaded a sovereign country, a Democratic country. Russia’s not a Democratic country. Not only does the Georgian people and the Georgian government consider the United States their closest ally; we have our own military personnel in Georgia training that army as we speak. Hopefully they’re out by now. And we are really quite powerless to stop it as the Russians, from what I understand, they’re marching all the way to Tbilisi today.

BECK: Yes, Allen, let me go to you. I’ve been warning people for a while now that Russia is trying to corner the market. While everybody is saying, oh, they’re just waiting for us to lead the way on global warming. They`re going and they’re buying all of the carbon reserves that they can get their hands on. This is a play for the control of the globe in the long run, don`t you think?

The intensity of the desire to imbue these events in the Caucuses with extraordinary significance keeps running far ahead of any kind of actual logic of reasoning. To Beck, the significance here is that Russia is somehow going to “corner the market” on hydrocarbon energy sources which will, in turn, give them “control of the globe.” But while Georgia is the location of pipeline of some significance, to come anywhere close to cornering the market on oil Russia would need to be able to somehow overrun Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. Or maybe hop across the ocean and seize control of Mexico or Venezuela. Either way, it’s not going to happen.

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