Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Sharpening the axe for Saakashvili

From "The Trouble With Saakashvili" by Jackson Diehl (my emphasis in red):
"The irony is that, beneath that overweening campaign to contain Russian belligerence, American officials are still seething at Saakashvili. His impulsive and militarily foolhardy attack on the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali on Aug. 8 opened the way for Putin's aggression. True, provocations by Russian-controlled Ossetian militias preceded the Georgian move, and Russian troops' subsequent takeover of much of Georgia was clearly planned and prepared well in advance. But the mercurial Saakashvili disregarded direct American warnings that he not fall into Putin's trap. He embarrassed his staunchest defenders in Washington and plunged both his country and the United States into what has been a costly - and so far losing - battle.

That's why during the same State Department news conference at which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that Georgia would become one of the largest recipients of U.S. aid, Saakashvili's move was again labeled 'a mistake' by his principal administration handler, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matt Bryza. It is also why other administration officials are privately far more scathing in their assessments of a man who repeatedly has presented Washington with ugly surprises. Just nine months before the South Ossetian fighting, Saakashvili sent riot police to attack demonstrators in his own capital and closed down an opposition television station, forcing a U.S. intervention to rescue the political freedoms that justify the American alliance with Georgia."

This is awe-inspiringly back-asswards. Can you imagine that Saakashvili would have dreamed to attack Russia without the complete backing of the Americans? What we witnessed was an attempt by almost-powerless Cheney and the gang to either start WWIII or at least jump-start the Cold War by tricking the Georgians into a hopeless attack that they knew would provoke a Russian reaction they could use. Now. with the Americans embarrassed at the outcome (with the adults now in charge unwilling to start WWIII and unhappy about the new Cold War For The Jews), we're getting a big dose of revisionist history, putting all the blame on reckless Saakashvili, whose mistake it was to trust Dick Cheney and the various Israeli advisors hanging around his country. If Saakashvili manages to live long enough - a doubtful proposition - I'd like to hear his side of the story.