Shevardnadze: Saakashvili and Obama Plotting Attack On Iran
Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze is making some pretty inflammatory accusations against his successor, reports the website Gruziya Online:
To maintain power, Mikheil Saakashvili may involved in a war against Iran, says ex-Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze.
"I do not rule out that Saakashvili to keep his seat can turn to a military campaign against Iran that would be a disaster for our country," he said, stressing that the issue could be the subject of future negotiations between Saakashvili and U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on January 30.
"An anti-Iranian campaign should not be conducted on the territory of Georgia," said Shevardnadze.
The Russian media is full of speculation about an impending attack on Iran far out of proportion with the likelihood of such a thing happening any time soon. And it's unlikely that war with Iran will actually be on the agenda when Obama and Saakashvili meet next week.
This analysis from Messenger.ge seems (except for the Iran stuff) more on target:
[A]nalyst Paata Zakareishvili named four potential reasons for why Obama has decided to meet with Saakashvili. According to him, the US Congress made the decision to sell weapons to Georgia, however two weeks ago Obama removed this point from the budget, considering it less of a priority. “That created some kind of tension in relations between the two ally countries. Obama wants to improve the situation. He has studied Saakashvili well and knows that ‘taking a photo with Obama’ will be more important for Saakashvili than the state’s interests.” According to the second reason, the meeting “will make the Republicans silent, which claim that concerning the reset policy, Obama has distanced the US from its ally states. “The third reason is Iran. Obama knows that all the bordering states of Iran have more or less good relations with the state and no one intends to become seriously involved in an anti-Iran situation. One exception is Saakashvili, who might not to think of his state’s interests if he has the opportunity to have a prestigious photo session with Obama.” The analyst thinks that the fourth reason is the elections and Saakashvili’s real opponents coming to the political arena. “Obama will remind Saakashvili that democracy and holding free elections are very important for the US and also call on him to ensure equal situations for all sides unlike the current state of affairs.”
It will be interesting to see if Saakashvili gets any deliverables other than a photo op to make up for the snub on weapons.