A number of former GOP presidential candidates — Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson — are scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention, where they will be expected to display party unity and support John McCain, the GOP’s presumptive standard-bearer. Ron Paul will not be among them.
It looked for a while like it might have been Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who would wind up on the Republican ticket alongside John McCain, but instead it is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who will be in the running to take over from Dick Cheney.
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.