Does Putin think that the US is unable to respond to its expansionist moves because we have a lame-duck administration, and an upcoming election? (Hint: the answer is ‘yes’)
Does Israel think that the US in unable to restrain an attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities because we have a lame-duck administration, and an upcoming election? (Hint: the answer is less clear because, in this case, the duck may not be so lame, and may in fact be encouraging the attack on two grounds: first, that an Obama administration may be better able to restrain, and second, that an attack now, putting much of the world in jeopardy, would help the Republicans in the election)
Is Putin bluster, or is Russia a blaster? Is Olmert bluster, or is Olmert (read: Mofaz) a blaster?
Hurricane Gustav’s hit on the American shore seems inevitable and unstoppable. Sometimes, the right wing movements of the Russian and Israeli governments seem equally inevitable.