Did Bush Administration Green Light Georgia's Attack?

Did Bush Administration Green Light Georgia's Attack?


This from Telegraph…

Mr Saakashvilli may also have banked on support from his closest ally, US president George W Bush, whose administration is said to have given tacit support for a Georgian assault on South Ossetia in the believe that the territory could be recaptured within 48 hours.

Obviously this is unconfirmed, but it would make a hell of a lot more sense that we did give them a go ahead or at least knew about it and didn’t say “Stop!”

And if that’s the case, this would be a massive screwup on our part.

More as it develops…

  • wj

    But the belief that a quick victory was possible would at least be consistent with the Bush administrations views on other military conflicts. E.g. Iraq.

  • kranky kritter

    I remember a similar suggestion that the US gave Iraq tacit permission to invade Kuwait. It’s the sort of thing that has to my knowledge never been proven.

    My sense is that such serious and ugly accusations deserve to be utterly ignored until such point as there is actual evidence that they occurred. Admin opponents (of every admin) can be relied upon to float damaging innuendo whenever it can be crafted to transmit the odor of plausibility.

    Of course it would be ugly if such things were proven. But they haven’t. Let’s not give this any more weight than that granted pure speculation. There’s a very good chance that’s what this is anyway.

    Personally, I find the notion absurd. Doesn’t the President have enough to handle without encouraging another armed conflict certain to exacerbate international tensions.

  • CyberNaif

    I believe that Mr Saakashvilli thought he had tacit approval, because George Bush tends to base international relationships on friendships with national leaders. The key to understanding G.W. is that he is a “good old boy”, and believes that the world operates under those principles. You see this in the stressing of loyalty over competence in his administration, and in his statement that he felt Putin “has a good soul”. To him, everything is relationships (“you’re either with us, or against us”). He is then always surprised when people over-interpret his back-slapping friendliness.

    So after meeting with G.W., Mr Saakashvilli thought he had a good friend who would back him up if he tried to reclaim the breakaway parts of his country. I doubt Bush told the Georgian President to go in there with guns blazing, but Mr Saakashvilli may have thought Bush’s apparent sympathy for his problems meant he had Bush’s approval. When he did, he fell right into Russia’s hands by giving them an excuse to go in and protect their dual citizenship Russians in South Ossetia. Bush is blind to the nuances of diplomacy, and the repercussions keep coming.