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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Georgia
I was asked recently by an old friend why I would ever join the Azerbaijan Caucus here in Congress. He then pointed out to me that Baku and Burlington aren't exactly sister cities and that sometimes our leaders seem to be more worried about foreign countries like Azerbaijan than the good old USA. I politely agreed that there is much distance, both culturally and mileage-wise between our two nations.
Attempting to "liberate" Ukraine may be high-minded of the European Union, but it poses important questions ("Ukraine mass protests resume after government wins vote," Web, Dec. 3).
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to re-create a Russian sphere of influence in Ukraine, while President Obama is occupied with politics at home and in Iran. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been intimidated like Mr. Obama, and took the wrong side against eastern neighbors by proposing European Union-Russian talks about long-independent states. Congress and Mr. Obama should help Ukraine retain free markets, and the freedom and democracy of their people ("Protests continue in tense Kiev as Ukraine tilts away from West toward Moscow," Web, Nov. 25).
Promotion of democracy is widely known to have become one of the main instruments of U.S. foreign policy. On closer examination of this policy, certain fairly awkward questions arise, such as, does this policy serve America well? Is it really good for the countries on the receiving end?
Even skilled diplomats sometimes stumble, especially when they think the microphones are off. U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland in the former Soviet republic of Georgia found himself sputtering in outrage over comments he made earlier this month to students at Tbilisi State University in the capital of the Black Sea nation.
The age of the drone is here, and U.S. intelligence agencies are warily monitoring their proliferation around the globe.
Exit polls in Georgia's presidential election indicate a big win for the candidate backed by billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull of a human ancestor buried under a medieval Georgian village provides a vivid picture of early evolution and indicates our family tree may have fewer branches than some believe, scientists say.
Greece and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal finished second in their groups, winding up in next months' eight-team European playoffs that will determine four more berths.
Ukraine yearns to forswear Russia for Europe
Russian Ambassador Dmitry Vishernev was assassinated in Sukhum, the capital of Abkhazia, on Monday, in what some are calling a politically motivated attack.
The U.S. ambassador to the former Soviet republic of Georgia is a seasoned diplomat who served in dangerous outposts such as Afghanistan and frozen ones such as the Arctic.
Georgia made an emergency request late Wednesday, asking U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for a 30-day extension beyond Thursday's deadline to approve the health plans submitted by seven insurance companies wanting to do business in the state, the Savannah Morning News reported.
Russia granted temporary asylum Thursday to fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, prompting President Obama to threaten boycotting a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and raising criticism in Congress that the administration's "reset" with Moscow has failed.
They may have been "beat like baby seals" in the 2012 Republican primaries, but a little more than a year later, some of those losers are already sounding out their chances to try again in 2016.