Editorial: Bush plays losing hand with Russia

President Bush has proposed sending $1 billion in economic and humanitarian aid to Georgia to help that small country on Russia’s border rebuild after its disastrous war with Russia last month.

Bush’s gesture indicates a certain amount of bravado and a commendable fellow feeling for a country his administration has encouraged. But it doesn’t suggest he has learned anything from the embarrassment to the United States the Russian-Georgian conflict represented.

If he were playing poker, it would be as if, after having his bluff called on a losing hand, he doubled his bet next time around after being dealt a hand with no pairs and no face cards. Since he’s playing with the taxpayers’ money, however, he doesn’t seem to care — nor does he seem to comprehend that he is making the U.S. look na