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US pays $1Bn to Georgia to rebuild

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posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 07:02 PM
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US pays $1Bn to Georgia to rebuild


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The US has announced $1bn (£564m) of aid to Georgia for reconstruction after the conflict with Russia.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the aid would be used to rebuild houses and infrastructure - but not for military purposes.

Georgia has requested $2bn in funding from the international community.

Fighting between Russia and Georgia began on 7 August after the Georgian military tried to retake the breakaway region of South Ossetia by force.

Russian forces launched a counter-attack and the conflict ended with the ejection of Georgian troops from both South Ossetia and another breakaway region, Abkhazia.
(visit the link for the full news article)

Ignore first link it was a mistake
proper link:news.bbc.co.uk...

[edit on 3-9-2008 by gmac1000]

Erroneous Link Removed by Semperfortis

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posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 07:02 PM
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I was just wondering if there was an explanation into why the US pays so much into a foreign country yet Katrina Victims where not even given food support at first.
Why is that country more important than the citizens of the United States, as an outsider looking in maybe we aren't told things outside of the States and maybe someone there had a better Idea of whats going on.

proper news link:news.bbc.co.uk...

[edit on 3-9-2008 by gmac1000]



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:06 PM
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Suppose that, a couple of decades ago, the state of Texas decided to secede from the United States. Then some people in a small region of Texas decide to break away and form a mini-state. The Texas government doesn't like this, and there is an initial "civil war" followed by a tentative cease-fire... which turns into fighting again.

The U.S. army establishes itself as an ally of the rebels and fights against the Texan army. Soon after the conflict has receded into cease-fire again, the Russian government announces that they're sending an extra $1 billion to the Texan government. $1 billion extra; they had already been funding the Texan army and praising the rise of this new state for a while. If you think Americans would have the right to feel threatened by this, the same applies to the Russians in this real situation.



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:14 PM
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The mind boggles really...

How a billion can be sent to prop up a CIA backed aggressor regime who got its arse handed it to it by those DASTARDLY Sov.... Russians, yet there are ill in need of healthcare, hurricane victims in need of aid, homeless in need of shelter.

Talk about getting priorities arse-about-face. Mind you, if you aren't used to this kind of BS from the US Gov by now, then you never will be



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:21 PM
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As far as I see it, it's territorial.



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:37 PM
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Originally posted by redled
As far as I see it, it's territorial.


u mean its in US's best interests in keeping close ties to an oil enriched country, or are they want to position themselves to take over the caspian Fields..?



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:43 PM
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For whatever reasons, it is judged to be the case (by whoever in your government) in diplomatic, military, trade and probably oil consideration. Whether it's a good idea the exact amount or not, I don't have the numbers, but it is clearly judged to be. No help would be diplomatically poor, the amount given I have no idea about, but in all the above the US seems to want her dibs in.



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:44 PM
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This is basically the USA giving the Russians the finger! If we give them one billion dollars, Georgia should let us build a missile defense program on the Russian border. I don't even think there was one billion dollars in damages let alone 2 billion.



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:51 PM
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Originally posted by ChilledVoodoo
This is basically the USA giving the Russians the finger! If we give them one billion dollars,


correction
this is basically america giving the american people the finger
i mean seriously, 1billion dollar middle finger?



posted on Sep, 3 2008 @ 08:59 PM
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It is rather simple - Saakashvilli and his dictatorship is America's investment. Obviously a bad investment - one that bleeds money - but an investment nonetheless. U.S. already spend hundreds of millions (possibly over a billion already) in the last 5 years on the following:

1. Bring Saakashvilli to power and organize the coup 5 years ago.
2. Have him bribe the police and armed forces to obey no one but him.
3. Have him rearm and train his armed forces.
4. Construct an oil pipeline through Georgia from Baku (that alone cost billions, but mostly to U.S. corporations).


Now Georgia is on fast track to join NATO. U.S. sees a chance to realize it's investment - so it pumps more money into the psychopathic bastard's regime.


Perhaps this is actually as sound investment - as long as you don't mind that U.S. taxpayers are financing dictatoships and wars aimed at ethnic cleansing. Saakashvilli promises to be a loyal puppet - far more loyal than Saadam was. The question is will Georgians take anymore of the scumbag and throw him out when they realize that they are being played.

[edit on 3-9-2008 by maloy]



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