Thursday, August 14, 2008

In the 21st Century

Nations don't invade other nations. That's what John McCain said about the Russian invasion of Georgia. Now, he could have meant the statement as a positive one, meaning that nations don't indeed invade other nations now that the time stamp starts the century with a "2". If so, he was wrong, and a simple counterexample is the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Or he could have meant it as a normative statement, arguing that nations shouldn't invade other nations in our current era. If so, was he as outspoken against the earlier U.S. invasion of Iraq? I don't recall that.

Yes, all this is boring and about something trivial. I'm just trying to fill the enormous gap that exists in the media triviality account balances when it comes to McCain. Obama we get a lot about, from Maureen Dowd onwards. But poor McCain? Isn't he interesting enough for some trivia scandals?