Sep 3, 2008

Georgia: The Mouse That Roared

One billion dollars. That's how much the United States is going to dole out to Georgia after this last tussle. For comparison, the US provided Georgia with a bit more than $1.7 billion over the last seventeen years.

At this point, it is clear that Saakashvili learned all the right lessons from the 1959 Peter Sellers' classic, The Mouse That Roared. In the film, Sellers' impoverished "Duchy of Grand Fenwick" declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose the war but reap the profits when Congress pays to rebuild the country.

Crazy, or crazy like a fox?


James said...

This is our only decent play: make Georgia (whatever is left of it) the Switzerland of the Caucasus. (Note that Switzerland is NOT a member of NATO.) Make the Abkhazians and the Ossetians jealous. I'm (somewhat) confident that we can play the reconstruction and development game better than the Russians. We have to throw the Georgians a bone for following us into Iraq. Our friends are too few to start abandoning the ones we have, even if they are, as a nation, retarded.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

I like this idea. Georgia can join Turkmenistan and Switzerland.