[US Mens Oly 100 m freestyle relay gold medal winners, not the team Al Campanis would have bet on]

[President Bush, at his press conference addressing the Georgian invasion]

As the US continues to rack up medals like it’s a superpower again, all the human rights talk about China has turned President Bush into an out-and-out peacenik. First he criticized the Chinese on human rights. Now he’s going after the Russians. Can anyone deny the power of these games? There are those who say it’s utter bullshit the height of irony for Bush to criticize Russia’s invasion of Georgia during the Iraq War. But the situations are completely different. In Russia’s case, they invaded a much smaller country that posed no military threat to them, under dubious circumstances, with lots of talk of liberating the locals who happen to hate the invaders. They have also hugely hurt their standing in the world. As for America’s invasion of Iraq “ we’re a democracy. With irony therefore not an issue, Bush addressed the women’s volleyball team with the following:

“Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century,” the president said in a televised statement from the White House, calling on Moscow to sign on to the outlines of a cease-fire as the Georgian government has done.

“The Russian government must reverse the course it appears to be on and accept this peace agreement as a first step toward solving this conflict,” Bush said, adding that he is deeply concerned that Russia, which Georgian officials say has effectively split their country in two, might bomb the civilian airport in the capital of Tbilisi.

He said Russia’s escalation of the conflict had “raised serious questions about its intentions in Georgia and the region” and had “substantially damaged Russia’s standing in the world.” “These actions jeopardize Russia’s relations with the United States and Europe,” Bush said. “It’s time for Russia to be true to its word to act to end this crisis.”

A senior U.S. official said the United States and its allies suspected Russia had been planning an invasion for some time and deliberately instigated the conflict through attacks on Georgian villages by pro-Russian forces in South Ossetia despite outwardly appealing for calm and promising to rein in the separatists.