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Georgia has been thanked for service2010-04-05 22:59
The United States of America continue helping Georgia in the military field. This time, Washington allocated over eight million dollars to Tbilisi for the maintenance of the republican army troops located in the territory of Afghanistan. One is apt to ask whether the maintenance of 170 Georgian peacemakers in Kabul is too expensive for the States.
Georgia has got assistance from the United States together with Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Estonia and Hungary. The total amount of the "compensation" was 50 million dollars, out of which over eight million dollars will on paper go to 170 Georgian soldiers who were the first to go to Afghanistan as part of the squadron in November.
According to Rick Nelson, an official of the USA Strategic and International Investments Center, Pentagon regards such kind of assistance to the partners in Afghanistan as a priority task. "The allocation of means in not a bribe; this is a desire to attract partners and make their share in the common business as valuable and precious as possible, - Baltinfo.ru is citing. - That is why we help those alliance members who lack their own means needed to achieve this purpose".
In the specified list, only Georgia is not a NATO member. Moreover, the mathematical calculation revealed that each Georgian soldier in Afghanistan accounts for almost 50 thousand dollars. Is it not that the peacemakers from Sakartvelo cost Washington too much?
There is the possibility that such great expenses might be explained by Obama's domestic criticism of Bush's continuing Afghan bravado. It seems like now it is more beneficial for the freshly appointed head of the United States to "encourage" the partner-countries rather than send the "homemade" soldiers to Kabul and Kandagar.
Not so long ago, the American leader has stated the following: "We increase the number of our servicemen in Afghanistan and train the Afghan Security Forces so that they could take the situation under control in July 2011 and our troops could start returning home". At the same time, Obama underlined that the countries taking part in Afghan war are going to face hard times.
As to Georgia, it is more than well-acquainted with Afghanistan. The republic has already taken part in the operations in this country: 50 military men served there from September to December 2004. In June 2007, Tbilisi again applied to NATO with a request to send its contingent to Afghanistan. This proposal was approved of during the alliance summit in Bucharest in April 2008, while in summer 2009, Ministry of Defense reported that it was planning to send its peacemakers to Afghanistan by the end of the year.