what the hell? when pretty much everyone else is saying that the russia-georgia war killed any chances that georgia will ever be admitted into NATO, why is cheney still making commitments like this? can anyone explain to me what benefit there is to raising georgia's hopes again? and why is georgia all of a sudden a critical strategic importance to the u.s.?
i have every sympathy with the georgians who suffered through the war, but frankly their situation was brought about by president saakashvili's reckless offensive into south ossetia. the georgian president acted recklessly in part because of the bush administration's assurances that the u.s. stood behind georgia, which he interpreted as a promise for military support if russia attacked them. if the u.s. actually does have an interest in georgia's well-being, they completely backfired by getting the georgian president into a fight that he couldn't win.
so why the hell is cheney doing it again? is he trying to set them up for another disaster? does he have some weird grudge against the georgians? or is he just too thick to learn from his own mistakes?