Cheney vows backing for Georgia, condemns Russia
— U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney vowed on Thursday to stand by Georgia in
its showdown with Russia, calling Moscow's war against the ex-Soviet state
an illegitimate act that cast doubt on its reliability.
Mr. Cheney, one of
Moscow's harshest critics, is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit
Georgia since Tbilisi tried to retake the breakaway region of South Ossetia
by force in early August and was overwhelmed by the Russian military.
His typically strong comments may rile the Kremlin. Moscow has accused
Washington of fuelling tensions by egging on Georgian President Mikheil
Saakashvili, a U.S.-educated lawyer with close ties to President George W.
"After your nation won its freedom in the Rose Revolution, America came
to the aid of this courageous young democracy," Mr. Cheney said, referring
to the peaceful revolution in 2003 which brought Mr. Saakashvili to power.
"We are doing so again as you work to overcome an invasion of your sovereign
territory and an illegitimate, unilateral attempt to change your country's
borders by force that has been universally condemned by the free world," Mr.
Cheney said, standing next to Mr. Saakashvili on his first visit to Tbilisi.
Russian officials did not respond to the criticism from Mr. Cheney and have
been dismissive about his presence in the region. Russian Foreign Minister
Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday he was not paying much attention to Mr. Cheney's
Mr. Cheney, on a tour of U.S. allies in the region that started in Azerbaijan
and continued in Ukraine late on Thursday, said Russia's actions had cast "grave
doubt" on its intentions and reliability as a partner in the region and
Azerbaijan and Georgia are links in a Western-backed energy corridor,
bypassing Russia, which the West fears could be in jeopardy following the
Kremlin's military thrust into Georgia.
Moscow has said it acted in Georgia to prevent "genocide" when Tbilisi
launched its military push into pro-Russian South Ossetia on Aug. 7. The Kremlin
subsequently recognized South Ossetia and a second rebel region, Abkhazia, as
independent states, drawing condemnation from Washington and Europe.
Only Nicaragua has followed Moscow's example in recognizing the two
provinces. In a setback for Russia, its ex-Soviet security allies in the
Collective Security Treaty Organization stopped short of doing so on Thursday,
although they did blame Georgia for the conflict.
Russia has kept troops in a "buffer zone" on Georgian territory, a move the
United States and European Union say violates a French-brokered peace plan.
Moscow denies that and says the troops are needed to provide security.
However, Moscow says it will withdraw from the buffer zone once a mechanism
for deploying international monitors is agreed and has invited EU police to
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said after talks with Mr. Lavrov in
Moscow that it was in Europe's interests "that the international mission assumes
full control of the security zone as quickly as possible".
Military monitors from the OSCE, a pan-European security body, gained brief
access to the buffer zone adjacent to South Ossetia on Thursday for the first
time since the conflict, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.
Mr. Cheney reiterated support for Georgia's bid to join NATO, calling it a
defensive alliance that posed no threat to Russia.
He said he had assured Mr. Saakashvili in one-on-one talks that lasted over
an hour of the U.S. commitment to keeping the rebel regions within Georgia.
Mr. Cheney urged a peaceful resolution of the dispute, saying long-term
regional security was at stake.
After the conflict erupted, Mr. Cheney said that Russian actions would not go
unanswered. But Washington has yet to announce any sanctions such as scrapping a
lucrative civilian nuclear deal.
On Wednesday Washington announced aid of more than $1-billion to help Georgia
rebuild housing, transportation and other infrastructure destroyed in its
five-day war with Russia.
The United States is also sending relief supplies aboard the Mount Whitney, a
sophisticated command warship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet. It could arrive off
Georgia as early as Friday.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has accused Washington of delivering
weapons to Georgia by sea – an accusation rejected by the White House as
Mr. Cheney later arrived in Ukraine, like Georgia an ex-Soviet country with
NATO ambitions that is traversing turbulent times.
President Viktor Yushchenko, with whom Mr. Cheney was due to dine, announced
on Wednesday that Kiev's coalition government had collapsed and threatened to
call a snap parliamentary vote.
It would be the third election in as many years since the 2004 Orange
Revolution swept Mr. Yushchenko to power on a promise of greater integration
with the West.
Cheney is a Ghost from the Cold War
with more improper motives than you can count. Pump a billion dollars into a
"little country" and it will generate a "cargo cult" mentality which is exactly
what the United States wishes to achieve.
Money can buy prostitutes, criminals and mass murderers. It takes a lot more to
earn respect and its really amazing that it takes to "earn respect".
Cheny and the USA are doing the exact opposite, right now, they "think" they are
winning the propaganda war and back home in the Ignorant States the average
person has seen more of Borat than Misha who looks just like another figment of
a Hollywood script writers imagination.
In newspapers that provide real feedback, you can see that the American
propaganda is not believed, an increasing portion of the world is becoming aware
of the true facts, not the politically correct horsemanure coming from
Unfortunately, Misha and Hitler are mass murderers. Denying that is equally as
wrong as denying the holocaust. Mishas genocidal invasion of Sth. Ossetia
targeted, wiped out the Jewish quarter, thats something Israel should think
about before he accepts that One Billion dollars that Georgia now has to spend.
The world takes a dim view of those who deny the holocaust and it the news of
Bush's use of Misha to commit mass murder and genocide of hundreds of people has
yet to hit the American press.
Its election time and nothing else matters except appearing strong and to do
that you engage in the utter modern stupidity of sending a fair chunk of the
most deadly warships on the planet to create a confrontation with the worlds
The world's press is slowly coming to life and seeing the real facts.
Take DeSpigel and most interestingly, Australia's former Prime Minister from
1975 to 1983 who wrote in the age "America has lost its way in the world"
- Posted 04/09/08 at 3:10 PM EDT |