October 23, 2005


Mongolia, U.S. toast strong ties (Bill Gertz, 10/23/05, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Speaking to reporters here after stops in Beijing and Seoul, Mr. Rumsfeld praised the Mongolian military's dispatch of troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

During the visit, Defense Minister Tserenkhuu Sharavdorj presented Mr. Rumsfeld with a Mongolian horse, a traditional sign of respect. The horse will be kept in the country in honor of Mr. Rumsfeld, who named it Montana.

Mr. Rumsfeld made the five-hour visit a month before President Bush is scheduled to travel to the country for an Asian economic summit.

The defense secretary said the United States and Mongolia share a "strong military-to-military relationship," and he praised Mongolia's decision to shift its military toward peacekeeping.

"If there is anything that is clear in the 21st century, it is that the world needs peacekeeping," Mr. Rumsfeld said. "I congratulate the people of Mongolia and the government and armed forces of Mongolia for selecting that as a principal aspect of their military focus."

They are a better ally than the nation that actually borders Montana.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 23, 2005 9:18 AM

They may be a more loyal ally, but not a more useful one. Mongolia would be an ally like Poland, unable to defend itself and in need of rescue.

Posted by: Brandon at October 23, 2005 10:01 AM

As opposed to?

Posted by: oj at October 23, 2005 10:08 AM

India, Russia, China, and places like Brazil, Britain and Mexico that couldn't be conquered by anyone but us.

Posted by: Brandon at October 23, 2005 10:13 AM

You're kidding, right? We've intervened on behalf of Russia and China and in Mexico repeatedly and we're forging an alliance with India so we can help next time they fight China or Pakistan.

Posted by: oj at October 23, 2005 10:22 AM

Brandon, but would we let those other weaker countries be conquered? Not likely, so in fact, no country on earth can attack and beat another.

Isn't that like Pax Americana or something?

Posted by: tefta at October 23, 2005 12:41 PM

There's something reassuring about being to say that the mongolian horde is on your side.

Posted by: Gideon at October 23, 2005 2:36 PM

Mr. Rumsfeld praised the Mongolian military's dispatch of troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Noting, no doubt, that this is not the first time that Mongol hordes---oops, Mongolian troops, that is---have served with distinction in either Iraq or Afghanistan....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at October 23, 2005 2:57 PM