Congressman Murtha: Georgians Made Mistake
CARROLL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) ― Congressman John Murtha of Johnstown visited the Mon Valley YMCA in Washington County today for a round table meeting on diabetes. But he took time to answer reporters questions about the bloodshed in Georgia where Russia invaded five days ago and there has been heavy fighting.
Murtha says he’s been following the situation closely. “It’s one of those things where we have very little leverage. We have no military leverage at all so it’s got to be international sanctions, international pressure. And I think it may be working at least it seems like the Russians have stopped their incursion. Now what will happen afterwards we’ll have to look at and see.”
While the White House and NATO allies figure out how to punish Russia for the invasion of the pro-western Georgia, Murtha says, the Georgians must realize that it was a tactical and political mistake to assume that the world community would come to their aid if they ever got into trouble with the Russians. “You have to be so careful what you say because then these countries misunderstand that you might come to help them. So we’ve got that problem right now in Georgia, they thought we’d come to help them and they thought that would insulate them. The administration tried to warn them ‘don’t get the Russian bear angry.’ The Georgians made a little bit of a mistake and they’re paying a heavy price.”
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