Sabers—curved, single-edged swords—haven't been used in warfare for more than 100 years. Today, sabers are more likely to be deployed as a metaphorical weapon in political journalism, when reporters describe foreign policy speeches as "saber-rattling."
And that's how news outlets have been previewing Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's tour through Europe, which kicked off with a speech in Berlin on Tuesday. In his address to Wirtschaftsrat, a conference held by Germany's Economic Council of the Christian Democratic Party, Bush talked about his vision for the global economy and slotted in some jabs at the Kremlin.
"Ukraine, a sovereign European nation, must be permitted to choose its own path," Bush said. "Who can doubt that Russia will do what it pleases if its aggression goes unanswered?"
Bush added that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should be the group to answer Russia's aggression. Then he offered his frame for the future of Western relations with Russia.
"There should be a clear understanding of, first of all, our support for the Russian people," Bush said. "Ultimately, Russia needs to be a European nation. Everything we do should be to isolate its corrupt leadership."
Expecting Russia to become a "European nation" is a much more ambitious goal than attempting to press the "reset button" on U.S. relations with the country, which Bush said "didn't turn out so hot." Geography is one reason for that: Siberia—which makes up 77 percent of Russia's territory—is considered a part of Asia, 73 percent of Russia's population falls on the European side of the country.