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Wishes for Georgia’s bright future from Clinton2010-05-27 16:55
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton congratulated Georgia on the Independence Day reiterating full support for this small but pride strategic ally of the States. Before the holiday it was John Bass, US Ambassador to Georgia, making assurances of eternal friendship. President Barack Obama, now busy resetting with Russia, gives no love though.
On the 19th anniversary of Georgia's independence US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told about "impressive political and economic development" achieved by Georgians. "I am confident in Georgia's bright future", - she added in her congratulatory statement.
Comparing with Mkhedrioni times and even with the Rose Revolution that illegally cast down the legitimate president Georgia has really grown politically mature. Revolutions get abolished, the dominant party takes a solid position in government, there is no prospect for a change in foreign policies.
"An impressive economic growth" Clinton mentioned sounds like a flatter on a special occasion. Research carried out by economists, like Alexander Tvalchrelidze, show that the share of GDP per capita was permanently going down with the army expenses constantly growing. This is particularly evident in comparison with Armenia and Azerbaijan who were taking care of agriculture and other industries, overdoing Georgia, once the leader, in GDP growth rate.
According to Clinton, in spite of all domestic problems Georgia is "a valued friend and partner of the
United States." What's its value? Not in its wealth and international weight, naturally. The value is that
thanks to Georgia Azerbaijan's and Central Asia's hydrocarbons are flowing and may flow better to the
West bypassing Russia if Nabucco is constructed.
The States also appreciate Georgia's uncompromising desire to join NATO providing expansion of the anti-Soviet military alliance with the help of post-Soviet countries. After the change of president in Ukraine Saakashvili's loyalty is twice more valuable.
But strange as it is, US President Barack Obama is not there to hug Saakashvili, his friend, neither does he invite him to the White House or comes to Tbilisi that waits anxiously to rename another street after US new patron. Western media write about abandoning Georgia and other Russia's neighbors in exchange for cooperation between Washington and Moscow.