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  •  According to Kitsmarishvili, the Georgians (5+ / 0-)
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    thought Bush had given a green light for war back in March -- and then they thought Rice did so again in July.

    Ex-ambassador blames Georgia for war with Russia:

    Kitsmarishvili said Georgian officials told him President George W. Bush gave his blessing for such a use of force when he met the Georgian president in Washington in March.

    "Saakashvili's entourage has tried to form an opinion that the U.S. administration would support the use of force," Kitsmarishvili said. "In reality, it was not like that."

    Georgian officials also perceived a July 9-10 visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as encouragement for the plan, Kitsmarishvili said. He said people in Saakashvili's circle told him that Rice "gave the green light."

    Rice has denied that Washington encouraged Georgia to use force on the provinces. The U.S. Embassy reiterated that line on Wednesday.

    Has any of this been reported in the U.S. media?

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Thu Nov 27, 2008 at 07:50:49 AM PST

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