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Mass media: Tagliavini forgot to mention Bush

2009-10-05 16:50

Jorg Himmelreich, the New York Times correspondent, believes that the report of Heidi Tagliavini's commission lacks the critical role of the USA before, in the time and after the conflict - Inopressa.ru reporta citing to The New York Times.

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Himmelreich underlined that George Bush created serious strategic problems when proclaimed Georgia "a beacon of liberty" and "was kept a prisoner by this exaggeration of Georgia's importance for U.S. foreign policy".

"Having invested so much ideological importance in the Georgian president, Mr. Bush couldn't warn him publicly - or, as it turned out, stop him. Having become so dependent on Mr. Saakashvili's success, the United States lost the political influence to stop him," the article says.

"Once the war broke out on the night of Aug. 7, President Bush decided against any U.S. military action, and instead to encourage President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, then holding the E.U. presidency, to seek a cease-fire. That was also a strategic mistake: Only the United States had the political clout to negotiate and enforce a serious peace agreement with Russia," Himmelreich adds.

According to the author, Sarkozy had to agree to "onerous Russian conditions" and since those times the EU has to put up with "constant Russian violations of the cease-fire agreements".

"Today, with Russia's refusal to prolong international peacekeeping missions, the only political framework for American political engagement in the conflict is the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership agreement to rebuild Georgia's military - hardly a vehicle for conflict resolution" Himmelreich states.

 

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