14 August 2008
America sends aid to Georgia: Trots start to panic
I don't believe it. Now the Trots are fantasising about a Third World War that could start in Georgia. Lenin's Tomb - which I admit is slightly above average for a Trot site - is bleating that the USA is going to use her airforce and navy to deliver relief supplies to Georgia. "You don't need hawk airjets and naval vessels to deliver relief supplies," pontificates the blog's owner, who then goes on to yelp that "America is saying that it will place its military forces right in Georgia..."
Well, the Americans don't actually use Hawk trainers. Now they do have a variant, called the T-45 Goshawk which they use for training pilots, but that's all it is used for. I doubt if any of them are used on actual carriers, and even if they are, I doubt if any carriers will be sent to Georgia.
You do need naval vessels to deliver supplies quickly and efficiently and most countries use them for emergencies like this. The BBC report which got this Trot in such a tizzy explained pretty clearly that the Americans are already using transport aircraft to ferry supplies into Georgia and that over the next few days "naval forces" will ship in a lot more. No mention is made of a carrier group, possibly because the idea only exists in the febrile mind of this Trot. Besides, getting a carrier group through the Bosporus would be more trouble than it is worth. Come to think of it, no mention is made in the report of American "military forces right in Georgia" either, but never mind. This is the world that the Trots inhabit, and reality rarely impinges.
What are the Americans up to? Probably just what they say, with the added proviso that the Georgian government has just lost a war and the Americans need to prop that government up. So along with the humanitarian supplies will come quite a bit of new kit to replace that which the Georgians managed to lose over the past few days.
All of this will have been cleared with the Russians, and the chances are that a quiet little deal has already been struck that will see Russia keeping South Ossetia and the Americans not losing Georgia as an ally.
Further evidence for the reality of a deal came out of Washington when the Americans basically slapped down Mikhail Saakashvili when he announced that the USA would take over Georgia's airports and ports as part of the supply operation. America will do no such thing, said the Pentagon, pointedly.
If this theory is correct then the adults are most definitely back in charge of events, and the rest of us can just be grateful for that. As for Lenin's Tomb, its owner can go back to dreaming about neither Washington nor Moscow but somewhere over the fucking rainbow, which is all a Trot is good for.