In the remote Caucasus, the Georgian crisis drags on, with Georgia's President Saakashvili, emboldened by Western support, continuing to goad the Russian bear.
The U.S. Constitution assigns the power to declare war to Congress. The North Atlantic Treaty issued by the United States and other founding members of NATO in 1949 states that an attack on any member of the military alliance must be viewed as an attack on all of the members. By becoming a party to NATO, our government subverted the congressional war power, for now an attack on any one of a group of nations would pull the United States into a war with or without a congressional declaration.
“Henry Kissinger instructed the CIA to continue diplomatic contacts with Yassir Arafat's PLO representatives before the 1973 Yom Kippur War, even after Arafat ordered the kidnapping and murder of the American ambassador and his deputy in Khartoum, Sudan.” So reported the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on September 1, 2008.
Russia’s recent war with Georgia and the ensuing military occupation, which shows every sign of permanency, is a reminder of the folly of committing America to entangling alliances in areas of the world that are none of our concern. Both Georgia and the Ukraine, former Soviet republics, have been agitating for admittance into NATO, and although NATO denied them in March of this year, it has promised them membership at an unspecified future date, much to Moscow’s consternation.