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Americans occupy Georgia2011-10-18 14:28
US senators come up with new sensations, particularly in the context of Moscow-Washington reset. At first they vote for a resolution where Russia is referred to as an occupant. Now they suggest deployment of US troops in Georgia as the sign of economic and "technical" support. Official Tbilisi is full of joy: they did not expect so much attention.
"Georgia in the West: A Policy Road Map to Georgia's Euro-Atlantic Future" is the name of a report by senators Jeanne Shaheen and Lindsey Graham. The document is a balm to the heart of Georgian leadership: it deals with the republic's Euro-Atlantic integration, Mikheil Saakashvili's number one dream.
"Progress of democratic processes in Georgia is crucial for US security interests in view of the country's strategic location", - the text is quoted on Voice of America. -Georgia is an important energy-transit country and it takes an active part in NATO operations in Afghanistan". Besides, senators offer economic and technical support to Tbilisi. "In addition to possible military aid the United States must set examples and reveal errors in realization of democratic processes in their country in order to facilitate and accelerate Georgia's integration into the alliance", - the authors believe.
Georgia's geopolitical importance for the States, encouragement of Euro-Atlantic integration into NATO and gratitude for participation in the Afghan campaign are mentioned rather often. Yet, "possible military aid" sounds new here. Senators recommend that US footprint in Georgia should be bolsters in the context of Georgia's possible accession into NATO. "Georgia's security strategy is premised on deterrence. Any US presence in Georgia helps to augment that deterrence, and just as importantly, reinforces a psychological sense of security among the population", - the authors believe. As for Russian military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Americans suggest replacing them with EU monitors.
Shaheen-Graham report can easily be called a "one-way street" case. For some reason the authors think that under the pretext of Georgia's desire to join NATO they can deploy their troops in Sakartvelo. At the same time Russia that recognized two Transcaucasian states that suffered Saakashvili's aggression and is now protecting them from new attacks of the inadequate Georgian leader, must leave the region. A paradox, isn't it?