Saturday, August 9, 2008

Which Candidate Said What?

As Russia and Georgia slip-slide closer to all out war, which candidate said what?

I strongly condemn the outbreak of violence in Georgia, and urge an immediate end to armed conflict. Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war. Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected. All sides should enter into direct talks on behalf of stability in Georgia, and the United States, the United Nations Security Council, and the international community should fully support a peaceful resolution to this crisis.

Compare that to:

Today, news reports indicate that Russian military forces crossed an internationally-recognized border into the sovereign territory of Georgia. Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Georgian military forces. The consequences for Euro-Atlantic stability and security are grave.

The government of Georgia has called for a cease-fire and for a resumption of direct talks on South Ossetia with international mediators. The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course. The U.S. should immediately work with the EU and the OSCE to put diplomatic pressure on Russia to reverse this perilous course it has chosen. We should immediately call a meeting of the North Atlantic Council to assess Georgia's security and review measures NATO can take to contribute to stabilizing this very dangerous situation. Finally, the international community needs to establish a truly independent and neutral peacekeeping force in South Ossetia.

Hmm. One starts with "I" and has the magical "now is the time", while the other is firm and coherent. Still not sure? Check the originals:

Obama, McCain

Via Michelle Malkin, Commentary does it better than me...


Tyler said...

We all saw this coming...

Eric said...

Hot Air posted NBC's video clips from the Olympic opening ceremony in Beijing. In one clip it was interesting to see Bush and Putin seated together and chatting. About what, I wonder?