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.
Several days ago, Barack Obama delivered a stem-winder of a speech accepting the nomination of the Democratic Party for president, before a crowd of 80,000 cheering fans at Invesco stadium in Denver. On a stage specially built to resemble a Greek temple, it is not unfair to infer that the Party fully intended that the symbolism of lofty god-likeness should rub off onto the candidate. This, despite his disclaimer of having “great humility.”