Obama snubs Georgian president to avoid offending Russia

posted at 8:54 pm on April 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

He’ll never admit it, of course. The pretext will be that time was scarce and he needed to reserve face-to-face meetings for more critical players in the “loose nukes” game, like the Kremlin crony who’s in charge in Ukraine. The only problem: Georgia’s announcement yesterday that they’d foiled a plot to sell weapons-grade uranium was arguably the most dramatic of the summit, and under other circumstances would have made for a natural photo op between The One and Saakashvili. Instead, he got a phone call last week. Jackson Diehl:

Saakashvili’s exclusion from the bilateral schedule is striking considering his strong support for U.S. interests, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Georgia sent as many as 2,000 troops from its tiny army to Iraq. It will soon have nearly 1,000 in Afghanistan; 750 are being sent to fight under U.S. command. U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke noted last month that Georgia’s per capita troop contribution would be the highest of any country in the world.

Obama thanked Saakashvili for that help in their phone call last week. But according to a Georgian account of the call, Obama didn’t say anything about Georgia’s aspiration to join NATO, or about Georgia’s interest in buying defensive weapons from the United States, in order to deter a repeat of the 2008 Russian invasion. “It’s a work in progress,” Saakashvili said of his defense talks with the administration during a meeting with Post editors and reporters Monday. “It’s a step-by-step approach. It takes time.”

Here’s Cavuto making Saakashvili squirm over the obvious snub; it’s a testament to how desperate Georgia is for U.S. support against Moscow that Saakashvili would attend the summit in person anyway instead of sending an envoy a la Netanyahu and Gordon Brown. Exit question: Didn’t we just make nice with Russia last week when we signed the START treaty? Surely that burst of goodwill could have endured a meeting with Georgia’s president, especially with Medvedev and Putin angling to push the U.S. out of its base in Kyrgyzstan.


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but Ernesto is always thoughtful and does not classify as a troll which says a lot.

carbon_footprint on April 13, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Opinions vary

thomasaur on April 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

If Saakashvili would just declare his country’s constitution abrogated and declare himself president for life, he would probably win Obama over in a heartbeat.

MB4 on April 13, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Disgusting POS appeaser. What an unAmerican president.

BottomLine5 on April 13, 2010 at 9:55 PM

thomasaur on April 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

I suppose so, but I can’t remember ever reading anything he has written that were obviously designed to get certain reactions like GrowFins, crr6, etc. He seems to put a lot of thought into what he writes.

carbon_footprint on April 13, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Only the important people are graced with his presence?

Whatever happened to “without preconditions”?

Oh wait, Georgians are our friends and Russia rips us a new one every chance they get “without preconditions”.

Now I get it, it wasn’t the Turkey in Chief that was supposed to supply the diplomacy, Obama is too enamored with exSoviets to show them any disdain or is he just too chicken, err Turkey?

How’s that Russian dressing work’n out for ya there Chief?
Bring your arugula, they’ll eat your lunch too.

Speakup on April 13, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Ummm…can we stop calling obvious hostility to former allies a “snub”

If this were the first time, OK. Obama has shown a pattern of this behavior though, especially over the past few weeks.

catmman on April 13, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Fool. I’m writing a paper on Georgia right now.

We know exactly what Russia does to border states, and Obama flat doesn’t care. Georgia has the potential to turn their state around and be a productive, energy delivering state for Europe, and Obama is going to screw him to make Putin happy.

Newsflash dope: Putin will take and take and take-you will get nothing.

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

What a surprise. Obama has no time for people with guts. If he ran Georgia, Georgia would no longer exist. It would be Central Ossetia.

MadisonConservative on April 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Can you post up some good credible links to relevant information, since you are already finding sources for your paper?

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Ummm…can we stop calling obvious hostility to former allies a “snub”

If this were the first time, OK. Obama has shown a pattern of this behavior though, especially over the past few weeks.

catmman on April 13, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Indeed. This could be called Obama’s War on Terror Diplomacy

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Ummm…can we stop calling obvious hostility to former allies a “snub

If this were the first time, OK. Obama has shown a pattern of this behavior though, especially over the past few weeks.

catmman on April 13, 2010 at 9:58 PM

It is the “Obama doctrine.”

farright on April 13, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Can you post up some good credible links to relevant information, since you are already finding sources for your paper?

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM

I’ll be writing about it tomorrow on my blog (linked below).

Right now all my sources are through Lexis-Nexis, so I can’t link to them.

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:05 PM

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Thanks! And I bookmarked your blog. I have access to LN thru my university. What an amazing resource!

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Thanks! And I bookmarked your blog. I have access to LN thru my university. What an amazing resource!

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 10:06 PM

It is currently saving my ass…

Basic lesson to be learned: never make a deal with a world power-Russia will take your soul as payment, and the US will turn their back on you when you need them most.

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:09 PM

ALLIES? pffft.

When Godbahma speaks you will listen.

And if you don’t Michelle will show up after a “devastating earthquake” for photo ops…..capeeesh?

PappyD61 on April 13, 2010 at 10:11 PM

carbon_footprint on April 13, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Hey carbon…

… didn’t mean to leave you hanging. I was on another thread. Our friend ernesto has a variety of opinions, and I would not put him in the Grow Fins, cr66, or Dave Drywall column either. Sometimes he makes sense.

I believe that thomasaur was being quite clever in his earlier remarks, regarding ernesto’s multiple posts about being bisexual. What ever floats his boat. I don’t want to bring that into anything, and will debate on the facts of an argument only…

… I just found thomasaur’s wit to be amusing.

Seven Percent Solution on April 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

*sigh*

visions on April 13, 2010 at 10:16 PM

regarding ernesto’s multiple posts about being bisexual
Seven Percent Solution on April 13, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Thank you. I had no idea.

carbon_footprint on April 13, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Obama’s domestic goals drive his foreign policy. One of his domestic problems is the deficit. He plans to slash military spending in the future (just like the Europeans) and to do that he needs to replace expensive planes, ships, and tanks with inexpensive pieces of paper.

PackerBronco on April 13, 2010 at 10:19 PM

I guess we ARE all Georgians now!

He snubs us, too!

RedNewEnglander on April 13, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Yep, he snubs both the State of Georgia and the Republic of Georgia.

jimmy2shoes on April 13, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Who would have thought that the USA would enable to expansion of Magog? Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Wha!?!?!?!?!?!

Akzed on April 13, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

jimmy2shoes on April 13, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

jimmy2shoes on April 13, 2010 at 10:21 PM

LOL! Akzed already slayed a strawman of his own creation regarding that…He said I shouldn’t read Hal Lindsey, whoever that is…

Anyway…there seems to be a setting of a stage…

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 10:25 PM

he needs to replace expensive planes, ships, and tanks with inexpensive pieces of paper.

PackerBronco on April 13, 2010 at 10:19 PM

So when it comes to “peace for our time”, the Sudetenland Georgia is not really all that significant.

(Yeah, yeah, I know… don’t bait the trolls. But it’s so easy and fun!)

malclave on April 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Anyway…there seems to be a setting of a stage…

Inanemergencydial on April 13, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Yes, there does. The Syria-Hezbollah headline brought Isaiah 17:1 to mind.

jimmy2shoes on April 13, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Allies?
Obama has allies.
Eleven of ’em to be exact.
He’s the Twelfth.

mrt721 on April 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM

I recently saw a rerun of the movie The Mouse That Roared, a hilarious multi-role vehicle for Peter Sellers.

If Georgia keeps getting screwed by Comrade Obama, they should send a fishing trawler down the Black Sea, out of the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic, up the Potomac and invade Washington DC. Ten bucks and a sixpack says Comrade Obama would swamp the Georgians with all sorts of stimulus money, advanced weaponry, etc.

CatchAll on April 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Obama should quit living a lie…He is a marxist dictator wannabee. Come on out of the closet Obama! Be a man for once, stop the passive aggressive BS and own up to who you are!

Nozzle on April 13, 2010 at 10:36 PM

If Saakashvili would just declare his country’s constitution abrogated and declare himself president for life, he would probably win Obama over in a heartbeat.

MB4 on April 13, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Yep, although I think Barry likes it best when you set up some rigged elections before announcing you’ve won your lifetime post by a landslide. Barry has great respect for the democratic process, as we all know.

AZCoyote on April 13, 2010 at 10:39 PM

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Is part of your paper that Russia has purchased 4 Mistral class ships from France and soon will be able to attack/harass Georgia not only across land but from the water with new ships?

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 13, 2010 at 10:46 PM

Is part of your paper that Russia has purchased 4 Mistral class ships from France and soon will be able to attack/harass Georgia not only across land but from the water with new ships?

journeyintothewhirlwind on April 13, 2010 at 10:46 PM

No, but I’ve heard… That paper is on internal political stability in Georgia, which I’m arguing is an impossibility due to having at best lawless regions, at worse occupied territories…

Anyway, the new ships won’t make that much of a difference, the Russians devastated the Georgians in 2008, they just took over any naval vessel they found, it was child’s play.

The funny thing is that Russia’s own SAM systems were used on Russian aircraft. If Russia attacks again, which is unlikely for a host of reasons, Georgia is toast.

John_Locke on April 13, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Frivolous. Just because it can be made to fit a media narrative doesn’t make it serious business.

ernesto on April 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM

What part of foiling a plot to sell weapons-grade material did you miss? How about the multiple interceptions of smuggled nuclear components?

ObaMao is not interested in supporting nations that are preventing world-wide destruction. His protocol breeches and snubs of allies add up to a very dangerous formula, especially when combined with his schmoozing with dictatorial powers.

onlineanalyst on April 13, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Barry has great respect for the democratic process, as we all know.

AZCoyote on April 13, 2010 at 10:39 PM

True. It is as great as “Tiger” Woods respect for his wife.

MB4 on April 13, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Allies?
Obama has allies.
Eleven of ‘em to be exact.
He’s the Twelfth.

mrt721 on April 13, 2010 at 10:35 PM

You have no clout
You better not try
You better watch out, I’m telling you why.
The Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town

Attack on Israel is on list
And he’ll betray America more than once or twice
Good Muslims may die
But will go to paradise
The Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town

He knows if you’re a Christian
He knows if you’re a Jew
He knows if you’re an in-fi-del
He knows if you are a Tea Partier
He’s been told by Allah just what to do

So….You have no clout
You better not try, I’m telling you why.
The Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town
The Twelfth Imam is Obama and he has come to Washington town

Aleph on April 13, 2010 at 11:04 PM

It is the “Obama doctrine.”

farright on April 13, 2010 at 10:03 PM

This is the way Sarah defined it: Insulting our allies and coddling our enemies.

Mirimichi on April 13, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Boy Howdy, Pres. Obama sure loves him some Communists and Socialists, doesn’t he? Could you imagine a U.S. President doing this kind of thing say in the 1950s? Hah! As matter-of-fact, he doesn’t just love them, he worships them!

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Come to think of it, I bet in the President’s eyes he’s achieved more than any other President has. Look how many decades of hard work and effort, including much of the achievements of Ronald Reagan, this man has managed to achieve in only a little less than a year and a half. Plus, he’s not done by a long shot. Finishing off our Space Program, Banks & Wall Street next, then onto immigration, and to finish it all up with the cherry of Cap and Trade. Yep. This President has achieved more than most have done in 10X as much time.

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 11:44 PM

I meant to say dismantled not achieved.

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Pft who needs these friends, we got buddies like Hugo, Mahmoud, Putsy and the illist Kim Jong of them all.

Poland, England, Israel, Georgia, the American People, all groups that shouldn’t be wasting the Presidents time, he’s got hoops to shoot.

Rbastid on April 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Sultry Beauty on April 13, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Yep, and he did it with the vacuous slogan “Yes, we can!” His audacity knows no bounds. Who will put the brakes on this coup?

onlineanalyst on April 14, 2010 at 12:08 AM

Who is surprised when Georgia is attacked and all the media cared about was the olympics and Obama ran off to Hawaii so he couldn’t be pinned on anything.

Just another country they may fall because of pos commies like Obama and his ilk

Sonosam on April 14, 2010 at 12:42 AM

An insightful bit of a squib at NRO’s “The Corner”:

The administration has been quick to claim progress this week as Ukraine announced its intention to give up its highly enriched uranium (HEU) over the next two years. Even Canada joined the party, announcing that it would also transfer HEU from a reactor in Ontario to the United States. But these are not accomplishments that require the time or pressure of an international summit to achieve.

Much of the administration’s nuclear strategy in recent weeks has involved actions at the edges that avoid the real issues lurking in plain view. The president has repeatedly expressed his concern about the state of the nonproliferation regime. If Iran goes nuclear and North Korea is allowed to continue to flout its international obligations, the nonproliferation regime becomes nothing more than a talking shop, meeting from time to time in Geneva, Vienna, and New York, and this president’s nuclear-security summit will just go down in history as another stop on that circuit.

If the president were serious about nonproliferation, he would have made the real threats to the nonproliferation regime — Iran, North Korea, Syria — all countries that have violated their international obligations, the focus of this summit. That would have been “what this moment in history demands.”

— Jamie M. Fly is executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative.

onlineanalyst on April 14, 2010 at 12:43 AM

Part of a pattern ?

In the middle of it all was Obama — occupant of an office once informally known as “leader of the free world” — putting on a clinic for some of the world’s greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press.

The only part of the summit, other than a post-meeting news conference, that was visible to the public was Obama’s eight-minute opening statement, which ended with the words: “I’m going to ask that we take a few moments to allow the press to exit before our first session.”

Reporters for foreign outlets, admitted for the first time to the White House press pool, got the impression that the vaunted American freedoms are not all they’re cracked up to be.

Did Dana Milbank forget how to preen ?

J_Crater on April 14, 2010 at 1:30 AM

Just found out it is indeed possible to be simultaneously flabbergasted and completely unsurprised at the same time. Many thanks to you Mr. President.
Why not send a letter to all of our Eastern European and Central Asian allies “Listen, we appreciate you being on our side, but we will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat because Russia promises they’ll work towards some undefined anti-nuke equilibrium if we roll over to them completely indefinitely. Once again, bravo to the President, because this equilibrium that has kept us alive over the last 60 is totally something to be messed around with…

galenrox on April 14, 2010 at 4:25 AM

“I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation,” Mt. 23:36.

“I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened,” Mt. 24:34.

So tell us now, what time frame does this place Mt. 24 entire in?

Akzed on April 13, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Hal and the Van Impes can explain that away for you.

davidk on April 14, 2010 at 6:15 AM

Georgia sent as many as 2,000 troops from its tiny army to Iraq.

This is not the ally we are looking for….

unclesmrgol on April 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM

That, my friend, is the quickest route to the petulant man-child’s sh!t list.

Kafir on April 14, 2010 at 7:02 AM

dear leader was going to build up america’s image to the rest of the world….heckuva job there obambi….

cmsinaz on April 14, 2010 at 7:43 AM

For all his much touted charm, Obama is socially inept it seems. He most certainly has no grasp of simple good manners. He is unable to walk that thin line of sensitivity that one needs for his job. What a poor President he’s making. His background, though, has nothing in it to prepare him for necessary social graces and protocols his job requires.

jeanie on April 14, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Yep, he snubs both the State of Georgia and the Republic of Georgia.

jimmy2shoes on April 13, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Hence the reason I’m so PSYCHED about Herman Cain hinting at a presidential run. I would be (pardon my French) ALL OVER THAT SH!T. Yes, please. A debate between our Herman and Obama would be WICKED AWESOME.

I need to find out if any churches here in Georgia have partnerships with churches in the Republic of Georgia. It would be a great way to channel some much-needed support to the latest ally on which Obama has shat.

Animator Girl on April 14, 2010 at 9:44 AM

How much do we need to know about Obama? He shuns those leaders who are not Leftists, Dictators, or President’s for Life. WTF? He’s an idiot. He’s acts like a eighth grade girl shunning the “good girls”

flameofjudah on April 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I’ll bet Putin and his cronies are laughing their butt’s off. I can just see the scene:

(A somewhat darkened, luxurious room, adorned in obvious Russian decor. A group of men sit around smoking large cuban cigars, drinking vodka from crystal glasses, laughing uproariously as they watch a recording. Zoom to T.V. – we see a compilation of Obama bowing to various communists leaders, hugging dictators, glad-handing tyrants and snubbing America’s traditional allies. The men laugh and point at the screen with their cigars when as their favorite scenes are displayed.”

One of those present speaks up:

First Man: “Come on Vlad, pick up the phone and call him right now”

Second Man: “But it’s 4:00 a.m. in Washington”

First Man: “All the better”

(All present laugh, more vodka is poured)

First Man: “Let’s make this at least a bit difficult . . .”

(More laughter)

First Man: “No, no, see if you can’t get our Mr. Obama to go on T.V. and publically express his personal doubts about the poisoning of Viktor (Yushchenko)!”

(Some present laugh, a few look a bit askance)

Second Man: “No, that is too much, there is no chance he would do that”

(Putin looks at the second man, raising a single eyebrow – more laughter)

First Man: “Come on comrades, let us bet! Who will put their rubles on the line and bet that Vlad cannot do this thing?”

First Man: “Anyone?”

First Man: “Anyone?”

First Man: “Bueller?”

(The room explodes in uncontained laughter, drinks are spilled, cigars are dropped and several present fall out of their chairs, pounding their fists against the thick rich carpet as they laugh uncontrollably.)

End Scene

Fatal on April 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Body language check: was Saakashvili sitting on a swing or was he rocking back and forth in a most uncomfortable fashion on a rolling chair?

I’m jus’ sayin’….

princetrumpet on April 14, 2010 at 7:42 PM