The Bush administration announced a $1 billion aid package to Georgia. This makes the former Soviet republic one of the highest per capita recipients of U.S. economic assistance. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is chipping in a handsome $750 million.
Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice said:
…the aid would be used to rebuild houses and infrastructure – but not for military purposes.
Announcing the aid package, Ms Rice said the US was “responding to what we consider to be urgent needs”.
“With our full support and the support of the entire free world, a democratic Georgia will survive, will rebuild and will thrive.”
The Philadelphia inquirer adds:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who introduced the plan, drew a direct line between what she called Russia’s irresponsible behavior in sending troops into Georgia last month and the need for “the free world” to “help Georgia sustain itself during these difficult times.”
Vice President Dick Cheney said:
…the United States had a “deep and abiding interest” in the region’s stability.
Neither Rice nor Cheney will be visiting Russia on their current overseas excursions to discuss the crisis which enmeshed the United States with the state of Georgia or to discuss or prevent further disasters from occurring. From the BBC article:
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev has also accused the US of helping Tbilisi build its war machine and called on America to review its relations with the Georgian authorities.
Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who stepped down as president earlier this year, praised the European Union’s “common sense”.
But he warned that Moscow would respond to the growing presence of Nato warships in the Black Sea, where Russia’s navy has a huge presence.
While the US provides one billion dollars in aid to a foreign country, the roads and bridges in America continue to crumble. Worse still, funding for these projects is short and shorter.