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NATO Bucharest Summit: Invites to Georgia and Ukraine for membership - April 2008 (spokesperson Stephen Hadley)

Did Saakashvili believe he had Article 5 protection from Washington before launching an suicidal attack on South Ossetia killing dozens of Russian soldiers part of a small peacekeeping force.

Interview: with the 2008 Georgia War, 'We Knew What Was Coming, But We Were Slow To Believe It' | RFERL |

RFE/RL's Georgian Service spoke to Daniel Fried, a former U.S. diplomat with over 40 years of experience serving in senior posts under several U.S. presidents. Colleagues describe him as a pragmatist who led efforts to work with Russia as a White House aide under Bill Clinton after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and later when serving under George W. Bush.

Fried: And we thought this was another crisis, where the Russians were trying to intimidate Georgia, but they wouldn't attack.

Now, I don't want to be too hard on us. After all, President Bush, in the end, probably convinced Putin to pull back. You remember, we sent planes to fly the Georgian 1st Brigade back from Iraq, and ships. I remember we informed the Russians that we were flying them because we didn't want them surprised.

We wanted them to know what we were doing. And they said they couldn't guarantee the safety of our aircraft, which was a veiled threat. And we basically said to them, "We're going in anyway." And they backed off.

You remember, the war starts Thursday night (August 7), and on Monday (August 11), the Russian tanks are rolling. And the Georgian lines had broken and the Georgian Army is in retreat, and it looked like they (the Russians) would move on to Tbilisi.

EU Investigation: Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili blamed for starting Russian war | The Guardian - Sept. 23, 2009 |

Saakashvili, who was found to have started the war with the attack on Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, on the night of 7 August last year, through a "penchant for acting in the heat of the moment".

The war started "with a massive Georgian artillery attack", the report said, citing an order from Saakashvili that the offensive was aimed at halting Russian military units moving into South Ossetia.

    "It appears that during the night from August 7 to 8. Tbilisi intended to deliver strikes on the positions of the Russian peacekeepers and the South Ossetian army in order to paralyze the chain of command. The next objective was to take Tskhinvali during August 8, install a puppet government chaired by Dmitry Sanakoyev [...], and bring residents of Georgian enclaves in the republic onto the streets during pro-Georgia mass rallies."

Flatly dismissing Saakashvili's version, the report said: "There was no ongoing armed attack by Russia before the start of the Georgian operation ...

Can do bullshit version of NATO and US war hawks be laid to rest once and for all??

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My recent diary ...

'Progressives' Drinking Neocon Kool-Aid

Search BooMan Tribune or EuroTrib for articles on Georgia, Saakashvili. McCain, Scheunemann. Warmongering and anti-Russia statements.

Israel had a close working relationship with Georgia to upgrade avionics in its older Russian Sukhoi fighter planes.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 15th, 2022 at 10:38:39 AM EST

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