I found in the McCain-Palin speeches the clarion call for a modern day Sparta in their appeal to blind patriotism and triumphalism, and their manipulation of the least educated, most terrified among us.
Rice's field of expertise is the Soviet Union. Ask anyone at the Hoover Institute. She's written books on the Soviets, a dissertation even! She speaks Russian. She has impeccable credentials -- for a top slot in the Ford administration.
While the conflict has aroused the predictable hostility and posturing of the U.S. government, policy wonks and the media, cooler heads will have to prevail before the situation disintegrates altogether.