What’s a Billion Dollars Between Friends?
Posted on Sep 3, 2008
The U.S. is giving Georgia $1 billion in aid, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced. That could be just a friendly donation, or, seen in the light of America’s meddling in the Caucasus, perhaps something more sinister. Sorry we didn’t go to war with Russia, baby, but here’s a billion dollars. Buy yourself something nice.
Although given what the dollar is worth these days, we wouldn’t be surprised if Georgia goes courting the Europeans.
The US has announced $1bn (£564m) of aid to Georgia for reconstruction after the conflict with Russia.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the aid would be used to rebuild houses and infrastructure - but not for military purposes.
Georgia has requested $2bn in funding from the international community.
White House photo by Eric Draper
President Bush with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.