Although George W. Bush and John McCain* disagree with me, I have a hunch it's probably not prudent for the U.S. to enter into a formal military alliance with a country with a 29-year-old defense minister:
Davit Kezerashvili (Georgian: დავით კეზერაშვილი) (born September 22, 1978) is the Georgian Minister of Defence.
* Ah, jeez, now that I went and looked it up, it turns out that Obama says he more or less wants Georgia in NATO too. Obama just said:
"Going forward, the United States and Europe must support the people of Georgia. Beyond immediate humanitarian assistance, we must provide economic assistance, and help rebuild what has been destroyed. I have consistently called for deepening relations between Georgia and transatlantic institutions, including a Membership Action Plan for NATO, and we must continue to press for that deeper relationship."
Georgia's current status visa-vis NATO is at the level of Individual Partnership Action Plan. The Membership Action Plan would be the next level, followed by full membership.
This is a concern about Obama. Unlike Yosemite Sam McCain, Obama doesn't really care much about foreign policy (his whole career was devoted to burrowing inward from the exotic margins), so you'd expect him to be sensible about foreign countries. His cold-blooded yuppie personality should be good for avoiding getting us into absurd situations like this.
And, I suspect he is sensible, deep down. But, he hasn't shown much courage lately in taking on the DC-NY Establishment Axis of Insanity. With his lack of a military record, long history of youthful anti-American radicalism, and his one degree of separation from anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, he seems to feel he has to prove himself unthreatening to the same kind of influential wackos who had such a disastrous impact on GW Bush.
I guess Obama's unstated campaign slogan on foreign policy is going to be:
Less Insane than McCain!
Granted, that is a rather persuasive reason to vote for Obama, but, still, does the difference have to be quite so relative?