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4 Sep, 2008 08:13

Georgia to restore army – U.S. media

The New York Times reports that Georgia has already started to draw up projects for reinforcing its military. A number of other American media outlets suggest military issues could be on the agenda of Dick Cheney's visit to Tbilisi.

The Wall Street Journal reports: “In private meetings, the Vice President, Dick Cheney,  will also be sounding out Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and other officials about how the U.S. and its allies could help strengthen economic and military capabilities. In the past the U.S. has been careful not to go too far with military assistance in the region… Now that policy might be ripe for reconsideration, many experts say. An initial step could be to increase the number of U.S. military trainers in Georgia.”
Source: wsj.com

The New York Times says: “Just weeks after Georgia’s military collapsed in panic in the face of the Russian Army, its leaders hope to rebuild and train its armed forces as if another war with Russia is almost inevitable. Georgia is already drawing up lists of options, including restoring the military to its pre-war strength or making it a much larger force with more modern equipment… Georgia’s decision to attack Russian and South Ossetian forces raises questions about the wisdom of further United States investment in the Georgian military, which in any case would further alienate Russia.”
Source: nytimes.com