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Ray Maybus, US Secretary of the Navy spent two days in Georgia instructing the training center in Krtsanisi and holding talks with heads of Georgia's defense and interior ministries. President Mikheil Saakashvili highlighted importance of US-Georgian military cooperation arriving at a strange conclusion that it changes national mentality. The Georgian leader's tiptoeing to the guest looked like a parade of native troops of the colonial epoch. Anatoly Tsiganok, an expert at the Institute of Political and Military Analysis, comments on the president's behavior for GeorgiaTimes.
The official purpose of Ray Maybus's visit to Sakartvelo was to hold talks with heads of power-wielding structures of the Transcaucasian republic. The US secretary of the Navy, Georgian minister of interior Vano Merabishvili and defense minister Bacho Ahalaya discussed issues of security provision on Georgia's sea borders. Thus he acknowledged that Vano Merabishvili's coastal guard fails to protect Sakartvelo's sea frontiers.
"We are considering closer cooperation aimed at suppression of arms smuggling, trafficking of drugs and destruction weapons. Though the Interior ministry is fully modernized and fitted out with new technologies provided from the state budget, our navy forces need support. Our sea border would be left unprotected but for the help of our US friends", - the head of the ministry remarked. That does not sound surprising. It is hard to have mariners fulfill Vano Merabishvili's main task, i.e. suppress protest rallies that has nothing to do with law and order maintenance.
That is why the budget has little money for the coastal guard, and the guest from overseas had to promise to Mr. Merabishvili and Mr. Ahalaia to bring "modern" radar systems that will help Georgian partners carry out full control of the republic's Black Sea basin.
"We will try to help improve professionalism as well material and technical facilities. Our purpose is to protect the Black Sea space from illegal cargoes. We will do our best for the coastal guard of Georgia to have good conditions for that", - Ray Maybus stated after the talks. However, the proposal has nothing to do with charity. The head of the US Navy immediately presented terms of his unheard-of "generosity".
"Washington will continue to provide support to Tbilisi also in the form of visits of US military ships to Georgia. Georgia is America's loyal partner, and our cooperation must grow, also in the military sphere", - secretary of the US Navy said. The Transcaucasian republic for Yankees is nothing more than a military foothold in a strategically important region.
Another fact is that the equipment provided by the States is "modern" only for Vano Merabishvili. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed details of the military and technical cooperation between Tbilisi and Washington with Anatoly Tsiganok, expert at the Institute of political and military analysis.
"Americans think pragmatically. Why waste money on disposal of obsolete equipment when it can be sold for political points, if not for money? That is why they send all this technological trash of 20-30 years ago to "junior partners". Something was offered to Bulgaria and Romania. Now it's Georgia's turn", - the military analyst remarks. - So statements of Georgian officials referring to "modern" systems America offers "for free" make no sense. It is political posturing. Now that Georgia's chances to join NATO are zero (this prospect is not even mentioned by NATO functionaries - in Tbilisi or elsewhere), some people in Georgian government find it beneficial to show off exclusive relationships between the USA and Georgia".
It is clear who is implied. Mikheil Saakashvili was trying to please the high-ranking American so ardently that his final phrase was this: military cooperation between two countries changes Georgia's national mentality. "Our army receives valuable experience. These drills will have long-term results contributing a lot to formation and development of military culture in Georgia. Besides, the process of trainings significantly changes national mentality", - Saakashvili kowtowed to Maybus.
Probably, the president of Georgia is really ready to change mentality of his country: his people are overly proud and freedom-loving. Yet, Washington's attitude to the Transcaucasian republic is absolutely clear. For Americans Georgia is nothing more than an overseas province of the United States ruled by Mikheil Saakashvili, a native governor. He seems to understands that toadying to the US administration. It is not incidental that tomorrow the capital of Georgia will host an opening ceremony of a monument - to the US president. This is typical of colonial regimes eager to honey up to the parent state.