Now Juan Cole is a smart guy, but he may want to stick to what he knows rather than venting sanctimonious outrage at Sarah Palin who, though generally out of her depth in her coming-out party, managed to say at least one true thing as regards foreign policy. Cole:
The scariest thing in the [interview] was this exchange:Okay. Dude. Article 5 of The North American Treaty:'When Gibson said if under the NATO treaty, the United States would have to go to war if Russia again invaded Georgia,But look at the video below. It is the alacrity with which she says "perhaps so" that is so alarming. He asked her specifically about having to go to war with Russia over Georgia and she said, "perhaps so!" As though a war with a nuclear power was just the most natural and expected thing in the world.
Palin responded: "Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you're going to be expected to be called upon and help.
The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognised by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.So in other words, if Georgia were to become a signatory to the North Atlantic Treaty, and Russia again invaded, the question of whether or not we'd go to war with Russia is best answered thusly: "Perhaps so."
Any such armed attack and all measures taken as a result thereof shall immediately be reported to the Security Council. Such measures shall be terminated when the Security Council has taken the measures necessary to restore and maintain international peace and security.
Of course, that very answer is why Georgia will never be part of NATO, no matter what Dick Cheney, John McCain, and Jesus Christ arisen himself have to say about it.