The answer is a resounding but qualified "yes"! It should be taken seriously by us! Mostly because a lot of the rest of the world does not.
Let's see why. We have a President who has given up golf for the duration of the war in Iraq out of respect for those who serve, those who have died, and the families who wait in anguish on a daily basis.
Now there is a widening affront by Russia on an independent neighbor. Pictured is our President at the Olympics having a fine old time. Before this photo was taken and before Putin left for the front, Bush, according to the AP , is said to have voiced his concerns about the aggression by the Russians on an American ally. Yep. Putin headed home to oversee the military action. Bush stayed at the Olympics and played.
You may feel my thinking to be a bit harsh. After all, what could Bush do? Well, if it had been Israel would he have stayed?
The article quotes Bush as saying, "I was very firm with Vladimir Putin..."
Meanwhile Vice President Cheney told the pro-American president of Georgia that "Russian aggression must not go unanswered..."
Just what is the under manned Georgian army to do? Even the troops pulled out of Iraq will have little impact.
Bush has now ended his Asian trip and is headed home while calling the violence unnacceptable. The Russians have widened the war by bombarding another region of Georgia that has a population of Russian loyalists. Understand the Russians aren't nearly as concerned with these two rebellious regions as they are intent on destroying the independent nation of Georgia.
George is talking. Cheney is threatening. Is anybody listening?