Condoleezza Rice goes out of control at NATO. Bush govt. belives that they rule Europe.
Condoleezza Rice faces bloody hands anti-war protester. November 26, 2008 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been trying to persuade the alliance to accept the two countries without a Membership Action Plan. "This is a problem between the outgoing and incoming administration. We know Barack Obama is always trying to get to the bottom of problems. To give him such a headache at the moment which he won't know how to deal with - I mean admitting messy political regimes like Ukraine and Georgia to the alliance - this wouldn't be very ethical of the current administration. I think Condoleezza Rice has somehow lost her sense of reality," said Rogozin. U.S. Presses NATO on Georgia and Ukraine By JUDY DEMPSEY BERLIN - The United States has started an unexpected diplomatic initiative in Europe, urging NATO allies to offer Georgia and Ukraine membership in the alliance without going through a lengthy process and fulfilling a long list of requirements, NATO diplomats said. _Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has had long telephone conversations with French, German and other senior European envoys, asking them to agree to bypass the formal application process, the diplomats said._ The proposal faces significant hurdles. At a NATO meeting in Bucharest, Romania, in April, the United States failed to persuade NATO to offer the usual application process, known as a membership action plan, to Ukraine and Georgia. Instead, NATO leaders agreed that one day each country would join, without committing to a timetable. Some NATO members have indicated an unwillingness to waive the formal process, which includes requirements that applicants reform their armed forces, separate civilian and military authority and create full transparency over command structures. France, Germany, Norway, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and as many as four other countries opposed the idea at a meeting on Tuesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels. NATO foreign ministers are scheduled to meet next week. "The allies are discussing, literally right now, how to take forward NATO's relationship with these two countries," said James Appathurai, a NATO spokesman. The war between Russia and Georgia in August, with the collapse of the Ukraine government and deep divisions in Ukraine over joining NATO, had left many diplomats assuming that neither country would be offered membership via the action plan next week. Ms. Rice's proposal has surprised diplomats. When NATO members, at their meeting in April, debated whether to bring Georgia and Ukraine closer to NATO, and how, they struggled to reach a compromise. Germany argued that it was not the right time to offer either country a membership action plan, because Russia vehemently opposed it. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said neither country was ready, and France, Italy, Spain and other members also opposed proceeding. Poland, the Baltic states, the Czech Republic and other members supported the United States' position. As part of the Bucharest compromise, the members agreed to review the matter at the NATO foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels in December. That history was among the reasons the latest American effort was met with surprise. "This is a real turnaround of the U.S. position," said a senior NATO diplomat who requested anonymity because of the delicacy of the issue. "We reached a compromise in Bucharest after much haggling. Now, we are being asked to cancel it and effectively discard the MAP program. This is putting the unity and credibility of the alliance at stake." In Washington on Tuesday, Daniel Fried, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, said the debate "took on a life of its own." Mr. Fried said that the MAP process "was never an end in itself," and that NATO ministers could discuss allowing Georgia and Ukraine into the alliance through other means. Ex-Diplomat Says Georgia Started War With Russia By OLESYA VARTANYAN and ELLEN BARRY TBILISI, Georgia â€” A parliamentary hearing on the origins of the war between Georgia and Russia in August ended in a furor on Tuesday after a former Georgian diplomat testified that Georgian authorities were responsible for starting the conflict. Erosi Kitsmarishvili, Tbilisis former ambassador to Moscow, testified for three hours before he was shouted down by members of Parliament. A former confidant of President Mikheil Saakashvili, Mr. Kitsmarishvili said Georgian officials told him in April that they planned to start a war in Abkhazia, ONE OF TWO BREAKAWAY REGIONS AT ISSUE IN THE WAR, AND HAD RECEIVED A GREEN LIGHT FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO DO SO. He said the Georgian government later decided to start the war in South Ossetia, the other region, and continue into Abkhazia. of the New York edition.