Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mikheil Saakashvili asks Where is the Support From Obama?

The protests continue in Georgia and President Saakashvili is beginning to wonder, where is the support from the U.S.

President Saakashvili, don't expect much from Obama. You are being thrown under the Putin bus by Obama.

Newsweek did ask some good questions.

Who sponsors the Georgian opposition?

Most of the money—millions of dollars—comes from Russian oligarchs. I have documentary proof of that, which I am not making public yet. Whether the money is being sent from Russia under the supervision of the Russian government, that I do not know.

Ta - da ..Fitch just downgraded the default rating because of the protests and unrest.

Do you think it is possible that the Russian and American presidents might make a deal over Georgia? How do you think U.S. politics will affect Georgia under the new president?

The Kremlin might make an attempt to agree with Obama—say, that Russia helps the U.S. in Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia, and the U.S. helps Russia to achieve their geopolitical interests in this territory, to help Russia change leadership in this country. For many, I seem to be a dead end for relations with Russia. I used to be much more charmed by U.S. politics.

You have hit the nail on the head....

Who are your supporters in the U.S. today?

I have quite a few good contacts. Of course, my best friend was always John McCain. You can say he is Georgian already. We expect McCain to come and visit us in a week or so. I have good relationships with Hillary Clinton, Joseph Biden and especially Richard Holbrooke—he is my teacher. I learned a lot of great things from him.

Don't count on them. It's Afghanistan that is more important to them and the Russians know how Afghanistan can play out.

This month Hillary Clinton gave Sergei Lavrov, her Russian counterpart, a box that said "reset" in English on one side and "selfdestruct", instead of "reset", in Russian on the other side in a slip-up that caused some embarrassment.

If I gave him a reset button, I'd find someone in the state department who understands Russian," said Mr McCain. But he added: "I'd reiterate that we want to engage in dialogue with Russia . . . We are not going to see a reignition of the cold war. Russia doesn't have the military or economic clout to do that.


Moreover, as stated, McCain doesn't think Russia has any clout.

Senator McCain, this is the Gazprom era not the pro Taliban days in Afghanistan. Someone is looking to get a little pay back while watching the U.S. hunt the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Do you feel that the West is disappointed with you? Have you been in touch with President Obama yet?

Oh, yes, I have talked to him on the phone. The problem is not about us—the problem is about their own internal politics. We have integrated into U.S. internal politics. So during the change of power, there was some sort of vacuum in America. Nobody knew what to do with us. Everybody, including France, was waiting for Obama's guideline on what to do about Georgia. I admire American ideas. I used to idealize America under Bush, when ideas were above pragmatic politics. Now it is a new time, when pragmatic politics are in charge of ideas. That might spoil the America I know.

Under Obama, the United States is no longer a country that can lead and offer freedoms. Under the Obama administration, it is a country that just barters with political crooks and follows their lead.

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