Thursday, August 14, 2008

U.S.: Tracking Russia-Georgia Hostilities is 'Frustrating'

A convoy of Russian troops makes its way through the Caucasus Mountains.

An AP newswire article by Deb Riechmann, via, reports that:

The White House grasp of developments in war-battered Georgia has been hampered by confusing reports from the ground and intelligence resources that initially were focused more on Iraq and Afghanistan than the former Soviet republic.

One-sided and possibly exaggerated accounts of actions from both sides and the Bush administration's difficulty in independently verifying information about the war have left the White House standing on an ever-changing platform from which to speak out on the crisis.

At least three times on Wednesday, President Bush referred to being concerned about "reports" that Russia had violated its pledge to a provisional cease-fire. White House press secretary Dana Perino hedged her answers to questions about the conflict, too.

More here.

Image source: Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP/The Boston Globe


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