Over at The Weekly Standard, Daniel Halper writes:
But this allegation, coming as it did from a U.S. ally, was immediately dismissed by those on the far right and far left in Washington (who oddly share a mutual affinity for Vladimir Putin’s thugocracy, or maybe just an affinity for the Obama administration’s great power politics which subordinates human rights and democracy to the national interest). Joshua Foust, writing at the Atlantic, accused the Georgian government of “intentionally misleading journalists,” because why would those nice Russians bomb a U.S. embassy? Daniel Larison, writing at the American Conservative, said that Lake just reports “whatever the Georgian government tells him,” and that his “story reads like one designed to stoke anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S.”
Since I am clearly part of the far right or far left (Halper doesn’t actually say which one I am), and am clearly in love with Putin’s thugocracy, and was skeptical of Eli’s reporting because I think Russia is nice and never does bad things ever to anyone else, I think this is an accurate summary of why I was skeptical of that original report. Read my post and see how accurate this is.
Now the bit about Eli’s followup piece about anonymous U.S. intelligence sources “confirming” that Russia “bombed the U.S. embassy” raises similar issues. As I said in the post under scrutiny, it could very well be a coordinated GRU plot to set off explosives across Georgia, one of which happened uncomfortable close to the embassy. Being skeptical of a Georgian official is not the same as being in love with Vladimir Putin, especially given the political battle in DC between Georgian and Russian interests. But unless major details about the bomb blast have changed, the embassy itself wasn’t bombed, but “a cemetery about 100 meters from the embassy” is what got damaged. That still isn’t good, and if a Russian is indeed responsible that’s pretty damned stupid of them.
But turning that into “RUSSIA BOMBS AMERICAN EMBASSY” is just irresponsible. As is treating this accusation like it’s brand new and never before seen, when Georgia has been pushing it since December. Or even pretending the CIA infallible and never wrong about anything, ever. Then, to take this eight-month old story and turn it into “OBAMA IS IGNORING ATTACKS ON AMERICAN SOIL” and “THE RESET IS A LIE,” which Halper asserts in his blog post, is just silly.
But don’t take my word for it, and most certainly don’t interpret my skepticism as possibly being unsure of what really happened but rather as being born of my love of terrorism and my hatred of freedom and embassies. According to Halper, I’ve lost interest in the issue. So I guess I should never mention this again.