Albright and Powell: warmongers

September 21, 2008

The Left melted into shrieking hysteria when Sarah Palin, during her auto da fe interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, suggested that the US might find itself at war with Russia were it to attack Ukraine or Georgia after those countries were admitted to NATO. She must be a crazed neocon!

One wonders, then, what they would think of Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell, Secretaries of State in the Clinton and Bush Administrations, for saying the same thing:

Amanpour then tossed the question to Colin Powell, saying, “if Russia is (the aggressor) and you have to, you know, keep your NATO allies’ security, aren’t you then committed?”

POWELL: Under Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, which is the NATO Treaty, when one member of the alliance is attacked from abroad — meaning outside the NATO geographic limits — then all members of NATO treat that as an attack…

We cannot say to the Russians, “We are not going to allow the Georgians or Ukrainians or anyone else to start down the path toward NATO membership.” It’s not for the Russians to decide that.

The simple fact is that Palin was stating a possible outcome based on our obligations under Article 5 of the NATO Treaty — the same article that was invoked when we were attacked on 9/11, the only time it has ever been invoked.

We wait for the Left’s denunciations of Powell and Albright to come flowing in. Waiting



September 21, 2008

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