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Flashback: Hillary Told Georgia To Behave Itself

A timely repost of an article that we posted back in July 2010, from Reuters:

U.S. warns Georgia not to give Russia excuse to act

By Arshad Mohammed | Mon Jul 5, 2010

TBILISI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Georgia on Monday not to give Moscow any excuse to take aggressive action against the south Caucasus nation, still reeling from its August 2008 war with Russia.

Clinton repeated the U.S. rejection of what she called Russia’s "invasion and … ongoing occupation" of South Ossetia and said diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute had to be intensified.

But she also suggested the solution might ultimately be to strengthen Georgian economic, judicial and political systems, thereby giving people in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another separatist region, a reason to want to be part of Georgia.

"The more Georgia can deal with its own problems, the stronger the case becomes," Clinton told a meeting of Georgian women leaders in the capital Tbilisi. "That is the greatest answer. That is the rebuke that no one can dispute."

So, according to the smartest woman in the world, it was Georgia’s own fault that Russia invaded them. They weren’t be ‘democratic’ enough. And we all know what a stickler Mr. Putin is for democracy.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s "reset" of relations with Russia has raised questions among Georgians about whether Washington has subordinated their interests to better ties with Moscow…

How could there be any question?

Russia’s war with Georgia caused the worst rift with the West since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. It also led some U.S. officials to question Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s judgment and the wisdom of his warm embrace by the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Meaning, that the Obama administration thought it was unwise for Georgia to turn too much towards the West.

Before meeting Saakashvili, Clinton said: "I would strongly urge that Georgia not be baited or provoked into any action that would give any excuse to the Russians to take any further aggressive movements."…

In other words, do everything the way Mr. Putin says, and he might allow you to pretend to be an independent country. For now.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Flashback: Hillary Told Georgia To Behave Itself”

  1. How’d that work out for everyone?

  2. canary

    US and Europe offering Ukraine15 billion dollars after they were already overtaken by the Russians came a little late too.


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