Re: 'Russia is fighting a war with us': Georgian presidentAug 16th, 2008
I spent some time looking at the photo's of the spent hulls of the military machines in the media today. Some of it is very difficult to tell what it was but I did see some old US Armored Troop Carriers in a good shot. So, the presence of US trainers tells me we have our nose right in there and will try to keep it there too. I did hear that the US wants to take charge of the Georgian seaports. This could pose a problem for the US forces committed to other endeavors. They are stretched too thin now and maybe we're getting ready to bite off more than we can chew. Again, oil must figure prominently into this equation.
it looks very much like you saw and concluded right! Here is an article from July 16th, 2008:
US troops train in Georgia amid tensions
US troops yesterday began a military training exercise in Georgia amid growing friction between Russia and the strategically important western ally in the volatile Caucasus region.
The joint war games - which will include 1,000 US troops, 600 Georgian forces and smaller numbers from Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan - come one week after Russian fighter aircraft invaded Georgian airspace "to cool hot heads in Tbilisi".
But a US commander insisted the two-week exercise was planned months in advance and was not linked with a standoff over control of two Georgian breakaway regions - Moscow-backed Abkhazia and South Ossetia - and Tbilisi's Nato membership bid.
Georgia recalled its ambassador to Moscow in response to last week's incident.
The exercise, called "Immediate Response 2008", is taking place at the Vaziani military base, which was a Russian air force base until the start of this decade.
Tbilisi and the Pentagon co-operate closely. Georgia has a contingent supporting the US-led coalition in Iraq and Washington provides training and equipment to the Georgian military.
Full article here: www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f9742ec6-5...nclick_check=1 (external - login to view)