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WikiLeaks giving out American “planted agent”2011-09-01 13:37
The WikiLeaks scandal seemed to fade away a long time ago. But no: there came another disclosure one of these days. This time, the public was given an analytical report by the USA's Ambassador to Georgia John Bass giving a detailed overview of the situation in the country. Let us read it together to see into Washington's interests and general ideas of the officials of a country that has been feeding Georgia for many years, lobbying it in all international platforms.
The message itself was written in February 2010 but it has been made public only now. The data it contains could be outdated but it is still relevant, in fact. The document numbered 04 TBILISI 000203 gives a detailed description of the situation in the country. Let's run through the text together.
First, Bass says that Saakashvili's position is rather firm despite the war in 2008 and the associated material and image damage, and he seems to have no competitors.
The ambassador believes that Georgia is peaceful and balanced in 2010. The situation in the society is much more stable than it was right after the war. But at the same time, all the society layers are saturated with the "feeling of insecurity" that may as well entail another crisis, which, in Bass' opinion, can be triggered by new external challenges or some provocations inside the country. Moreover, the American believes that Saakashvili himself feels the weakness of his position in the absence of any political competition.
Georgian president fears to enter history not as a liberator of the "Georgian" lands of Abkhazia and South Ossetia but as a leader who lost them. Indeed, Saakashvili did his best to ensure victory in a struggle for the split-off regions. But he never succeeded; instead, he made the problem unsolvable with his actions.
According to Bass, Mikhail Saakashvili is openly displeased with the U.S.' new policy aimed at rapprochement with Russia. The Georgian president felt much safer when the United States were governed by George Bush. At that time, Washington was guided not by pragmatism but by ideology. Now things have changed and Saakashvili is no longer a favourite.
In John Bass' opinion, the model of integration with the West is still attractive for the Georgian society. However, the political environment fears that it won't be able to realize such projects as entering in NATO and European Union. In this respect, some part of the political range is looking towards Moscow, hoping that negotiations and some new opportunities will help bring the territories back. Saakashvili is trying to convince the world of Georgia's usefulness. For that purpose, he sent large troops to Afghanistan and keeps making proposals to NATO. According to John Bass, 173 infantry regiments from Georgia are taking part in the Afghan operation.
It seems that Saakashvili's authoritarian attitude starts getting on the Americans' nerves. John Bass says that it's time to drop a hint to the Georgian leader that the USA's support of his country won't last forever despite his considerable help in Afghanistan if he goes on winding the democratic processes down.
The presence of the Georgian troops in Afghanistan is the brightest example of Georgia's desire to move in the western direction. Georgia has displayed much greater activity in this respect than many other East-European countries. In Bass' opinion, Tbilisi views its participation in the Afghan campaign as an advance payment for entering in the bloc.