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Clinton harping on the same note2010-10-09 01:43
The entire top of the Georgian government is absolutely delighted: once again, the US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has soaped down her Caucasian friends. A meeting has been held in US in the context of Charter on Strategic Partnership signed between Washington and Tbilisi last year. During a joined press conference with Head of Sakartvelo Cabinet Nika Gilauri, Mrs. Clinton generously poured water on the Georgian mill. US and Georgia are going to remain partners, while Washington will keep supporting Tbilisi's ambitions about the NATO membership, she said. However, the American party is obviously going to confine its actions to these words.
In Tbilisi, Clinton's words produced a real euphoria: the US are proud of their partnership with Saakashvili's regime. It looks like Georgia believes that a bronze monument has been already erected in Afghanistan to each Georgian soldier of the peacekeeping contingent and that American tycoons are dreaming of making investments into the flourishing Georgian economy. In general, if we take Mrs. Clinton's words seriously, the people of Georgia and United States are going to walk hand in hand, like in a fairy-tale, "till death does them apart".
And when the state secretary raised the issue of recognition (or, better, non-recognition) of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgian representatives felt completely happy. No wonder, for the head of the American foreign policy administration was generous with beautiful worlds that pleased the ear. "US are not going to doubt as to supporting the Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity. This support is stated in Charter on Strategic Partnership and it makes up the basis of our bilateral relation", - she said, obviously making her "partners" blush with satisfaction.
However, the delight about Clinton's eloquence, who seemed to hardly keep from singing the Georgian hymn from the rostrum, is groundless and premature. Today's administration of the White House must have many times spoken ill of its predecessor headed by George Bush Jr. who left Obama's team a very doubtful foreign policy legacy - the problematic Georgia with its army of idle ambitions.
The current American authorities are concerned about their own urgent problems and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and here are the meddlesome Caucasian "partners" bothering with their constant pleas for help. The pleas are growing in force, while the requests are growing in scale. Mikheil Saakashvili and his associates want to get everything at once from Washington: material aid, diplomatic protection of the ruling regime's ill activities and other valuable services. Thus, the US have evidently started getting from business back to words in their "partner" relationship with Georgia.
Hillary Clinton, for whom quibbling is a professional skill, produces nothing new, harping on the same note in every next speech on the Georgian topic: "Democratic reforms are good. Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan are good. Russian occupation is bad. USA Georgia bhai bhai". The same track is kept by representatives of Washington, whose job duties make them establish a "partner" contact with Georgians from time to time.
The White House makes no more or less definite statements about the large financial investments in the Georgian economy or the efforts on settling the issue of the notorious "occupation" of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Instead, there is a recurring sluggish flow of persuasion, just like the tired parents try to persuade a crying child that they will buy him this beautiful toy... It doesn't matter what to say to calm down the child; besides, there's no need to spend any money.