In a recent comment to my post about Georgia I wrote:
I think we (USA) gave Georgia too much encouragement, they feel like we have their back so they can do whatever they want. Would they act the same if we weren’t backing them? Probably not.
Today I read an article expressing similar sentiment:
Simes said U.S. encouragement of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, one of Washington’s staunchest allies, may have led him to believe he could get away with military action to take back control of South Ossetia.
Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations, agreed that U.S. encouragement may have made Saakashvili “miscalculate” and send Georgian troops into South Ossetia.
“I think in many respects Saakashvili got too close to the United States and the United States got too close to Saakashvili,” Kupchan said. “It made him overreach, it made him feel at the end of the day that the West would come to his assistance if he got into trouble.”
My analyses were right on the spot. I will be accepting job offers and date invitations at the address on this site.