August 15, 2012
NATO Expansion Makes America Less Safe
Doug Bandow, Forbes
On August 8 this small nation on the Black Sea marked the fourth anniversary of its brief war with Russia. Georgia lost, allowing two breakaway provinces to continue their independent existence under Moscow’s protection.
Despite his nation’s defeat, argued Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, Moscow did not win. Russia had hoped to overthrow his government, block Georgia’s growing energy role, and prevent Tbilisi’s integration with the European Union and NATO. “They have failed,” he said of the Russians.
President Saakashvili has morphed from heroic corruption-fighter into irresponsible autocrat, but his country still deserves its independence. Moscow’s failure to subjugate its small neighbor—if that was...
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