If the conflict in Georgia were an Olympic event, the gold medal for brutish stupidity would go to the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin. The silver medal for bone-headed recklessness would go to Georgia’s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, and the bronze medal for rank short-sightedness would go to the Clinton and Bush foreign policy teams.Is the conflict a single event or, as it appears, three separate events? If so, they could all have gold in each category.
Clinton and Bush foreign policy teams shared the bronze in an apparent tie for "rank short-sightedness." Who got gold and silver?
A few months ago he wrote this about the myriad of problems facing the country:
The first rule of holes is when you’re in one, stop digging. When you’re in three, bring a lot of shovels.When you write a column, bring an editor along. Give 'em a shovel. They'll win a medal.