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But as the Democratic National Convention assembles to nominate Sen. Barack Obama for president, I hope its speakers - and Mr. Obama too - would not yield to the temptation to prove that Democrats can be more unconditionally pro-Georgia and anti-Russia and bellicose than Mr. McCain.

Not only would this simply compound the inaccurate and oversimplistic portrayal of the facts of a complex and dangerous situation, but, I submit, it would be wrong politically.

It is my strong hunch that the majority of the American people - including a lot of undecided voters in the presidential election - don’t like saber rattling that could bring us back to the scary days of the Cold War. They want their next president to be firm but fair in dealing with the Russians.

It can be argued that it was a similar “rush to judgment” on the existence of weapons of mass destruction that led us to a “rush to war” in Iraq. It would be poor politics - and even more dangerous policy - to repeat that mistake when it comes to the formidable nuclear power of Russia.

Lanny Davis is a prominent Washington lawyer and a political analyst for Fox News. From 1996 to 1998, he served as special counsel to President Clinton. From 2005 to 2006, he served on President Bush’s five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.