Continetti is guest-blogging for The Post.
Congress is in recess, leaving Washington relatively quiet. Many of the representatives and senators are on congressional delegations, or CODELS, to various parts of the world. (You pick up the bill.)
For example, Republican senators Ron Johnson, Mike Crapo, Jon Kyl and Jeff Sessions are in the middle of a trip to Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine. A friend sends me this picture of the group at the line of control in South Ossetia, the Georgian province that has been illegally occupied by Russian troops since the 2008 war. Sessions has his back to the camera. Johnson sports the blazer. Kyl’s wearing blue jeans:
We’ve been watching the Arab Awakening, but there’s plenty going on in Eastern Europe, as well. Moscow’s authoritarian puppet in Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, is in the midst of an economic and political crisis. Recently the Economist had a great piece on tension between Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev. In the Baltic, a victory by the euroskeptic True Finns party in Finnish elections may spell the end of the European bailout binge. Here’s hoping the senators learn a lot on their working vacation. They’re going to need all the help they can get.
Incidentally, I visited Georgia last year and wrote about my visit here.