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Obama and Saakashvili: Brothers in misery2012-01-20 18:44
February 30 is a great holiday for Mikhail Saakashvili - he will meet with his eminent U.S. counterpart Barack Obama in Washington. Both politicians are in a difficult situation - every day they lose the trust of the electorate. In addition, both are waiting for elections, and if Obama still can account for something in the theory, for Saakashvili it is the last term. Thus, the coming meeting between the two leaders can be called a farewell.
Obama has passed the Afghan quagmire, which has swallowed not only the States, but the entire North Atlantic Alliance. Saakashvili has passed an adventure in South Ossetia. Both have clearly overestimated their talants and are now contemplating how to "zero out" their political reputation. The time it is running out - the U.S. presidential election will be held in November this year, so that the American leader must urgently invent a loud PR campaign.
According to some analysts, Obama has already begun the election company. And the U.S. Navy ships, ready to send hundreds of rockets on Tehran at the first call, help the president in this. But would the current White House administration benefit from this operation? Indeed, even as a presidential candidate, Obama has repeatedly declared that the war in Iraq was a mistake of the Bush administration.
Having started the operation to restore the democratic order, Mr. Obama would come into contradiction with himself. Iran, as well as previously Iraq, has no nuclear weapons. Having finished with Saddam Hussein, George W. Bush has amused his own self-esteem. Obama is unlikely to have decided to repeat the "feat" of his predecessor and to punish severely the "bloody dictator" Ahmadinejad for self-promotion? Results of Bush's political career after this adventure are not necessary to remind.
Saakashvili's proceedings are even worse. During the time that has elapsed since 2008, the Georgian leader has not recovered from the failure of the operation "Clean Field" in South Ossetia. Not a sole PR team and lobbyists are working for the head of the republic, but you cannot return the trust among the population using only beautiful image. The people live in poverty, which is obvious even for Tbilisi partners who meet Mikhail Saakashvili rather cool. And he has no chances for re-election - in 2013, his second term expires, and the best option for him would be to occupy the post of prime minister.