1) It would be great if clarity came cheap. Sometimes it does, but often it doesn’t. In our liberation of Iraq, for instance, late realization about troop strength and strategy cost us men, money, and the opportunity to more easily advance our foreign policy goals everywhere from North Korea to Iran to Venezuela. Now we all have clarity about the nasty nature of Putin’s Russia (though I hope experts like Secretary Rice aren’t surprised), just as 9/11 gave us the full matrix about the true reality of the world we live in. It will be democratic Georgia, however, paying the price this time.
Go read the second thing to cheer about, at Capital Commerce.