Georgia with its territories in the United States does not interest anyone

Georgia with its territories in the United States does not interest anyoneOn the third anniversary of the conflict in South Ossetia, the American media surprisingly sluggishly recalled the events of August 2008, and not much attention was paid to the state of affairs today, as one would expect. It is clear that the problems in the economy are now pushed into the background, but this is not about an ordinary event - then, three years ago, the degree of rhetoric on both sides passed all permissible for states in a state of peace, limits. Yes, and US armed intervention at some point ceased to seem something incredible: let us remember how it was discussed - which American ships could end up in the Black Sea and what Russia could oppose to this.


As the South Ossetian conflict is perceived in the United States today, Paul Saunders, executive director of the Center for the National Interest, told Expert Online.

- Is Russia and only Russia still to blame for starting the war? Are there any shifts in American public opinion on this?

- It is necessary to distinguish the reaction of the American foreign policy elite and the public. As for the public, it is believed that Russia is responsible for the outbreak of war. True, society as a whole now rarely recalls the 2008 war of Georgia of the year, if it remembers at all.

If we talk about the position dominant among the elite, then, in my estimation, the point of view prevails that Georgia started the war, but Russia set a "trap" for the Georgian leaders and they foolishly got into it.

- Georgia started the war, but, nevertheless, the congress continues to adopt resolutions in which South Ossetia and Abkhazia are called “occupied territories”, and demands to withdraw Russian troops.

- The majority of the elite believe that the reaction of Russia was disproportionate, and the recognition of these territories as independent and the deployment of Russian troops here is regarded as provocative. Therefore, many commentators say what they say, and therefore individual members of Congress are able to get support for their resolutions. As in many issues of American foreign policy, an energetic and noisy minority can be very influential in this matter when the majority are not interested in the problem.

- Why is the majority not interested? And why is the media paying little attention to this topic now?

- The American public is now focused on the US economy, as well as Afghanistan and the Middle East. Therefore, the consequences of the 2008 war of the year are not the focus of media attention. South Ossetia and Abkhazia are by no means a priority problem for most Americans and even members of Congress.
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  1. Roma
    Roma 12 August 2011 21: 04 New
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    The United States screwed up in full in this war.
    And who remembers this? On the contrary, they try to forget as soon as possible.
  2. desava 12 August 2011 21: 33 New
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    For me, for example, one of the terrible factors is the conviction of the Western public (including ordinary Americans) that it was Russia that started the war. All this information war will not lead to anything good for us. Moreover, in this respect we are not painfully strong.
    1. raf
      raf 12 August 2011 21: 58 New
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      And for example, I do not care about the opinion of the Western public. And on the opinion of ordinary Americans do not care! And in what respect are we interestingly not strong?
      1. keng
        keng 13 August 2011 06: 44 New
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        I absolutely agree with "raf". We live in Russia, and do not give a damn about all the opinions of the bourgeoisie. And then you’re already used to looking westward in your mouth, and then trying to ask yourself, “What are you doing, ss?”
        1. LESHA pancake
          LESHA pancake 14 August 2011 15: 07 New
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          THE MOST GOOD RELIEF FOR WESTERN PUBLIC THIS IS OUR NUCLEAR DUB, CUT OFF QUICKLY.
      2. APASUS 13 August 2011 09: 51 New
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        It’s impossible to give a damn about the opinion of the Western public! Globalization and we have become a part of this world, but to remind these parasites that they didn’t legally bomb Yugoslavia, that they practically kill the people of Libya and occupied Iraq - this is sacred, and not agree with everyone !! !!
        1. LESHA pancake
          LESHA pancake 14 August 2011 15: 02 New
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          and they are the Hague tribunal for supporting Gaddafi and Milosevic
    2. LESHA pancake
      LESHA pancake 14 August 2011 15: 04 New
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      RUSSIA IS ALWAYS ACCUSED OF WHAT THAT IN THE WEST. EVERYWHERE MOSCOW HANDS HIM.
  3. keng
    keng 13 August 2011 06: 40 New
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    "Georgia with its territories in the USA does not interest anyone" ................................... Georgia in general on earth nobody cares, only gruzinoff interests.
    1. LESHA pancake
      LESHA pancake 14 August 2011 15: 03 New
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      Well, why is it interesting to see how a Misha tie is chewing.
  4. dimarm74
    dimarm74 14 August 2011 18: 56 New
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    Politics .. their own rules .... Well, it's great for people to get their brains powdered. Last year I was in Israel, there almost everyone is convinced that Russia was the first to start ....