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January 26, 2005

You mean it's NOT all about oil?

A fascinating anecdote in David Ignatius's column today calling for a reality check for the "neo-Wilsonians" (as if Bush & Co. were planning to invade every tyranny by COB tomorrow):

Bush's idealism astonishes even [Georgian President Mikheil] Saakashvili. The Georgian leader recalls a meeting at the White House last year in which he tried to engage Bush by telling him of Georgia's strategic importance because of its proximity to Caspian Sea oil. The president didn't seem interested. It was only when Saakashvili began talking about freedom and liberty, he says, that Bush got excited.
This strikes me as entirely believable. But then again, I suppose Georgia's just a "red" country.