PENTAGON’S ADVICE THAT WAS HUSHED?
08 March, 2012

Speech of USA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense delivered to students of National Academy of Defense wasn’t duly covered by the Ministry of Defense, why?

 

By the end of February Celeste Wallander, USA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense who was on official visit to Georgia met the students and officers of National Academy of Defense but the text of her speech isn’t published on the official website of  the Ministry of Defense while speeches of lower-ranking  guests are widely covered.

But Georgian

Embassy in USA presented to the mass media full text of Dr. Wallander’s speech; after familiarinng with the text it becomes clear why the Ministry of Defense didn’t publish it.

The Pentagon representative declared to future Georgian officers: ‘The most important and effective step you can make is clear demonstration that you precisely understand and are able to fulfill the due role of the army in the democratic society. It is more important than purchasing of any kind of weaponry or military equipment; working out of combat faculty or compatibility with any coalition force. On the way to Euro-Atlantic integration in order to pass the main exam Georgian army must demonstrate clearly that it is well aware of its role in European Georgia with full-fledged democracy.’

USA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense specified the main principles that must be satisfied by an army of a democratic country: ‘The army must be not only well trained and disciplined to carry out these tasks but to keep political neutrality  and not to side any political group.

Presumably these indications were the reason why neither public TV companies nor military department gave full coverage of her speech.

Moreover, Dr. Wallander stressed: ‘Military department must be not only apolitical but everybody should clearly see that it is apolitical. Otherwise in the eyes of people and others it will lose its legitimacy’.

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