NATO Summit Emphasizes Georgia, Baltic And Balkan States
Voice of Russia
May 23, 2012
Georgia, the Baltic countries: big winners at NATO Summit
Saakashvili continued to fawn and even lashed out at the new anti-NATO, Occupy demonstrators, calling them “relics of the past” and saying that the Cold War relic that is NATO was “more relevant now than ever before.” The disconnect was not only evident from the Georgian side. NATO reciprocated.
So get out those checkbooks and keep paying for the war and death that is NATO; after all, they keep shoving their missiles in Russia’s face and keep protecting you against the phantom menaces that they keep telling you are threatening you.
At the NATO summit in Chicago, the Baltic countries proved one of the most successful for NATO in its fundraising drive, with the countries announcing that they are going to increase their contributions to NATO’s coffers. Of course all of these billions of dollars are not being given for nothing, which is strange because in reality they are selling their souls to NATO and actually paying the devil for the “privilege”.
In a speech at the North Atlantic Council Barack Obama spoke in golden tones about NATO’s Air Policing Mission over the Baltic States and at the summit it was called “one of the most successful examples of NATO solidarity.” NATO solidarity? We are talking about an organization designed and created against the Soviet Union. What exactly are they so in solidarity over? As they have no real enemy, then which imagined ones? Or just advancing U.S. interests? What does policing the airspace over the Baltic countries have to do with “solidarity”?
The NATO summit actually did some real work, as a total of 13 documents were given the green light. These include the Chicago Summit Declaration and a ten-year plan of enhancements called NATO Forces 2020. The members agreed to implement what they are calling “smart defense” and “connected forces” initiatives aimed at improving the use of joint military, financial and technological assets. Under the “smart defense” program come missile defense systems and the Air Policing mission over the Baltics.
The mission over the Baltics is important for Lithuania, and the president of the country fawned repeatedly over NATO. According to the press service of the Lithuanian president the country had “achieved and reaffirmed all the goals it sought to ensure the security of their country and people.” Again the question pops up, against whom? She also said that Lithuania’s membership in NATO is now real and full-fledged and that they have security guarantees that they will be protected and defended.
Georgia is another story, bending over backward and fawning over NATO. Fawning NATO spokespuppet Mihail Sakashvili could not have been more over the top in his almost groveling manner before NATO. He was ever so grateful and vocal at the mere fact that his country was put in the context of being among the three Balkan NATO aspirant countries.
He said it represented progress and that the aspirant countries would, as everybody knows, join NATO. Despite no real progress he said that Georgia, “had done its homework like the best student in the class that still could make it to the next year…When will we graduate? We don’t know yet,” Saakashvili said. He fawned over Georgia being put “into the basket of Balkan countries,” and that it was a “geographical coup” putting Georgia into the West.
In the summit declaration, the NATO leaders continue to state that Georgia will join NATO but again no one knows when. Regardless of the fact that he is being led around with a carrot, Saakashvili continued to fawn and even lashed out at the new anti-NATO, Occupy demonstrators, calling them “relics of the past” and saying that the Cold War relic that is NATO was “more relevant now than ever before.” The disconnect was not only evident from the Georgian side. NATO reciprocated.
The NATO declaration says that NATO supports reforms in Georgia, in all spheres but as an almost admission to Saakashvili’s status as what many call a dictator, the alliance stresses, “the importance of conducting free, fair, and inclusive elections in 2012 and 2013.” The declaration also mentions Georgia’s “full compliance” with the 2008 ceasefire agreement and Tbilisi’s non-use of force promise, and takes a stab at Russia, calling “on Russia to reciprocate.” NATO repeated, as they did during the 2009 and 2010 summits, that Russia should; “reverse its recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”
The declaration states that NATO is grateful to Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia, which “aspire to NATO membership…for the important contributions they are making to NATO-led operations, and which demonstrate their commitment to our shared security goals.” Again the document mentions abstract, ambiguous “shared goals”.
For those of you who have been dozing, this may be made clearer by provocative statements preparing the way for increased hostilities with Russia, saying that for the following statement attributed to the “President”: “The Summit repeats NATO’s focus on the military build-up in Kaliningrad and is prepared to strengthen cooperation with Russia, but that Russia is contradicting its declared aspiration to develop a strategic partnership with NATO.”
Little talk of Iran and who the global missile shield is being built against, wink-wink. No mention that Russia has been requesting written guarantees that the intensive militarization along its own borders by NATO is not against its own deterrent. No mention that the US has refused to provide any written guarantees whatsoever, “trust us,” wink-wink. No mention that Georgia invaded South Ossetia and killed Russian citizens and peacekeepers, no mention of anything of substance really, more of a reaffirming-back-patting-feel-good-fundraiser. So get out those checkbooks and keep paying for the war and death that is NATO; after all, they keep shoving their missiles in Russia’s face and keep protecting you against the phantom menaces that they keep telling you are threatening you. What else can they do as they try to stay relevant?