The government of Georgia has used it close relationship with George Bush as the basis of making rash decisions such as the recent incursion into South Ossetia. Bush urged NATO to grant membership to Georgia knowing such action would infuriate Russia, and the Saakashvili government went along with this approach. However, after reflection, the Georgian government is urging NATO to rethink the process of entry into the group. According to Saakashvili, “membership is the goal, how to get there is secondary.” He has finally realized some members of NATO are in no mood, given present economic conditions to get into a conflict with Russia.
It makes sense to hold off on membership for Georgia and allow time to run its course. Perhaps, if Obama can restore decent relations with Russia, issues such as Georgia membership in NATO will not be viewed with such hostility.