Russia and Georgia's simmering border dispute in South Ossetia has blown up. It's not clear who fired the first shot (does it really matter at this point?) but the Russian army seems to be engaged in a full scale invasion of Georgia. They claim this is to protect Russian citizens from Georgian aggression but I'm guessing that the ultimate outcome will be that Russia will conquer and annex the disputed territory.
So how do the powers that be respond? NATO has called for an immediate cease fire and direct talks between Russia and Georgia. The Bush Administration called for an immediate cease fire and direct talks between Russia and Georgia. Obama called for an immediate cease fire and direct talks between Russia and Georgia. NATO, Bush and Obama all call for a peaceful resolution but don't specify the terms of that resolution. But McCain calls for an emergency UN Security Council Meeting and calls on Russia to "reverse course." McCain's tone is far more confrontational and he seems to see the UN as a means for forcing Russia to back off.
First of all, if McCain thinks the UN can pressure Russia to back off, he needs to review the UN charter. Russia has a veto on any UN Security Council decision.
Second, if McCain were President and saying what he says now, it would be tantamount to confronting Russia over an armed conflict on their border (that used to be inside the USSR). McCain likes to say that Obama doesn't have the judgement to guide our foreign policy. But in this case, McCain is showing himself to be even more reckless and "cowboy" like than Bush!
So here we have a situation where McCain is showing that he doesn't understand the potential role of the UN and that he would conduct foreign policy based on emotional responses rather than reason. Do we really need four more years of that?
PS: I can't wait for some canned talking point response from a McCain drone.