Monday, September 8, 2008

Pimp to the Rescue: Neo-Con Vassal Gets $1 Billion

If ever you had any doubts as to whose interests the Georgian government served, this should illuminate and clarify the issue.

Cheney bashes Russia for 'brutality' in Georgia

(CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney harshly criticized Russia's military incursion into Georgia on Saturday, calling the action "an affront to civilized standards."

Speaking to a group of business and political leaders in Italy, Cheney faulted Russia for invading the former Soviet republic, killing civilians and displacing thousands of Georgians, and failing to abide by a ceasefire agreement from the European Union.

"This chain of aggressive moves and diplomatic reversals has only intensified the concern that many have about Russia's larger objectives," he said. "For brutality against a neighbor is simply the latest in a succession of troublesome and unhelpful actions by the Russian government."

The statements come a day after the U.S. Navy command ship USS Whitney arrived in the Georgian port of Poti in what the United States called a humanitarian mission.

Russian leaders have said the fact that a military vessel is being used in a relief mission raises concerns.

Cheney visited Georgia this week, telling President Mikheil Saakashvili that the United States will help the country rebuild its government and economy. The U.S. has promised $1 billion in relief to Georgia.

Russia has accused the U.S. of propping up Georgia in order to have an ally in the region.

Russia has not fully withdrawn its troops after clashes between the two countries last month. Georgia's military had moved to secure breakaway region South Ossetia when the Russians intervened.

Russia has recognized the independence of both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another Georgian region seeking to break away.

"The United States and many in Europe have made clear that Russia's actions are an affront to civilized standards and are completely unacceptable," Cheney said.

"Differing views on the status of these two areas, within the sovereign borders of the Georgian democracy, cannot justify a sudden and violent incursion by Russia," he said. "This much, at a minimum, should be understood by all people of good will in the year 2008."

Notice, this is the same government that considers it socialistic to spend any money on children without health insurance, in the US, but becomes quite liberal when spending American tax dollars to prop up a foreign state that does the Administration's bidding in Eastern Europe. And what is that bidding for the "new European" servants? Supporting NATO expansion and more importantly diplomatically supporting US foreign policy, especially in Iraq, to a weary European population. Being a prostitute has never been so profitable. What makes this all the more hypocritical is the manner in which governments in Eastern Europe spend complaining about the Russians, and yet suddenly become the most complacent supporters of foreign intervention in their affairs when it is the US. All for sovereignty and independence, to be sure.

If you ever wondered how the Tripartite Pact was carved out of the states in Eastern Europe in 1940, this should give you a hint. I cannot think of a country who more thoroughly deserved a military defeat in recent memory than Saakashvili/Cheney's Georgia, if for no other reason than to be used as a demonstration effect for those neighbors as to the costs of servility. Unfortunately, it will also have the corollary effect of making these countries even more supportive of joining NATO, and waiting to do so in the future before using military force against its minorities (a little fact that has gone unreported in the American media, which has portrayed this conflict as an act of Russian aggression, instead of a response to Georgia's use of force).

It is at times like this that I regret the end of the Cold War, but even then it would have only forced the hookers and compradors like Saakashvili to emigrate to the US as "political prisoners" to preach to us the virtues of democratic militarism (all on our dollar, of course).

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