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McCain throws himself on Georgia’s embrasure2010-12-14 20:46
US senator John McCain, despite his declining years, is still highly active politically. He is probably the only US politician who has paid so much attention to Mikheil Saakashvili. His attitude to Georgia is special: he does believe the country is governed by a wonderful president. The man who has been losing presidential election at home for ten years on end and that is now "flirting" with Mishiko can't be taken seriously. Yet recently the senator from Arizona called on the White House to resume sales of weapons to Tbilisi and soft-pedal the "reset" with Russia.
Even US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that pays regular visits to Georgia has not spent so much time and effort on Mikheil Nikolozovich. Besides, her visits are always the same: she takes a look at the Georgian leader's narrow quarters, repeats her commitment to the territorial integrity of the Caucasian republic and goes back home.
Senator McCain is a different person. He seems to really enjoy trips to the "fifty-second State of America". Still, his support for the policies pursued by Georgian leaders is not at all gratuitous. Out of the limelight at home, the senator from Arizona is highly esteemed and respected abroad. The Georgian-US love affair began in August 2008 with consoling Mishiko defeated by the Russian troops.
A couple years later Saakashvili thanked the senator giving him the title of National Hero and telling a bright story on "thousands of occupation tanks" stopped by the Republican senator.
"I will never forget the time when thousands of tanks were approaching Tbilisi and John McCain and his wife abandoned their election campaign to come to Georgia. John McCain supported Georgia several times per day. Evil forces were stopped by people like McCain", - Mikheil NIkolozovich stated proudly.
In addition to the title Saakashvili made a personal gift - a pistol that used to belong to an unknown Russian general. According to him the gun reached him in a symbolic way: at the time of the war in Vietnam one Russian lieutenant fought against Americans. He had a gun that had been used by a US airman taken in captivity. Then the gun was acquired by a businessman from Georgia.
"After the Russian troops and that general left, the businessman passed the gun over to local authorities. I don't know the name of this US pilot but I would like to return this weapon to senator McCain as a symbol", - was Mikheil Saakashvili's story for the newly minted hero of Georgia.
By all appearances Mr. McCain loves flattery and guns. Besides, he still lives in the past, at the time of the cold war between the USA and Russia. Inspired by the Georgian award, he decided to prove he really deserves it. Or how else can his words to the Obama administration be interpreted?
According to the Republican, the current leaders of the USA have become too absorbed in this "reset" game with Moscow remarking that NATO allies watch America comply with its commitments to old Europe. And presently the US administration seems to be carried away with this inter-empire friendship that will bring no results to the democratic country in the international arena.
"It is the policy of our government to support Georgia's aspiration to join NATO. For two years, mostly out of deference to Russia, defensive arms sales have not been authorized for Georgia. This has to change. At a minimum we should provide Georgia with early warning radars", - the senator stated.