President George Bush at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Monday August 11, 2008
While President Bush is hanging out with the American athletes in China, Vladimir Putin heads to North Ossetia to lead the invasion of American supporting democratic Georgia.
Now, the President warns Russia to pull back in Georgia.
A little late to the dance – as usual for Bush.
The United States must take serious action against the Russians, including Russian expulsion from the G-8, exclusion from the World Trade Organization and acceleration of missile defense systems in Poland and Czech Republic. NATO should immediately invite Ukraine to apply for NATO membership and fast track the acceptance into the organization.
Meanwhile, the United States should immediately initiate trade sanctions, including bank sanctions with the Russians and tighten visa requirements to travel to the United States.
And, if Bush cannot raise to the task then he should get out of the way and let Dick Cheney run the country.