Monday, November 21, 2011

WINEP is a Mossad front activity operating inside Washington, DC....

WINEP is a Mossad front activity operating inside Washington, DC....
A political drubbing through a faux scandal: expect AIPAC to be involved....
November , 2011 -- Timeline on Massa ouster suggests another AIPAC/MOSSAD hit job....

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Washington's most powerful lobby that has existed since 1963 to ensure that, among other things, members of Congress carefully toe the line in support of Israeli policies, may have claimed another victim in the running out of Washington in March 2010 of Representative Eric Massa (D-NY).

WMR previously reported that Massa's chief of staff, Joe Racalto, who had been pushed on the newly-elected first term congressman by the Democratic leadership in the House, brought forward charges that Massa was engaged in sexually harassing male members of his staff in February 2010. However, just weeks before, according to a well-placed congressional source, Racalto was in Israel as part of a STAFFDEL, a congressional staff delegation invited to the country. In 2009, Massa irritated AIPAC when he was one of 54 congressman to sign a letter to President Obama calling on him to pressure Israel to lift the crippling blockade of Gaza. Racalto was hired from the staff of Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), where he was Frank's driver. Racalto's charges against Massa were later dismissed by a House panel's investigation.

Immediately after sending the Gaza blockade letter to Obama, AIPAC and the pro-Israeli media began putting out the word that the 54 members of Congress were the "Hamas 54" and anti-Semitic, the latter the usual canard used by Zionists who want to intimidate those who dare criticize Israel or suggest an even-handedness in America's policy toward Israelis and Palestinians. In fact, two of the signatories, Bob Filner (D-CA) and John Yarmuth (D-KY) are Jewish.

Massa was joined in signing the latter by Representative Brian Baird (D-WA), who became an outspoken critic of Israeli policies only after he decided not to run for re-election. Pennsylvania Democratic Representative Joe Sestak also signed the letter but he was defeated by Republican Pat Toomey in the U.S. Senate race. Sestak had previously defeated longtime Israel supporter Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary after Specter had switched parties from the GOP.

The letter to Obama specifically requested that Obama advocate for immediate improvements for Gaza in the following areas:

  • Movement of people, especially students, the ill, aid workers, journalists, and those with family concerns, into and out of Gaza
  • Access to clean water, including water infrastructure materials
  • Access to plentiful and varied food and agricultural materials
  • Access to medicine and health care products and suppliers
  • Access to sanitation supplies, including sanitation infrastructure materials
  • Access to construction materials for repairs and rebuilding
  • Access to fuel
  • Access to spare parts
  • Prompt passage into and out of Gaza for commercial and agricultural goods; and
  • Publication and review of the list of items prohibited to the people of Gaza.

    Sestak is a retired Navy admiral while Massa is a medically-retired Navy Commander. With their military backgrounds and national security credentials, both Democrats represented a threat to AIPAC, which has spent time and money cultivating support in the Pentagon and military branches, mainly through its sister organization, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA).

    Over the years, AIPAC has brought down a number of politicians who criticized Israel. AIPAC has effective command. AIPAC propaganda outlets began putting out the word that while the signatures of "pro-Hamas" members like Keith Ellison (D-MN), America's first Muslim congressman; Jim McDermott (D-WA); Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Jim Moran (D-VA) were no surprise and that pro-Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) members like Representatives Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI) (defeated); Nich Rahall (D-WV); Pete Stark (D-CA); and Diane Watson (D-CA) (retired) and pro-Islamic sharia members like William Delahunt (D-MA) and John Dingell (D-MI) were no surprise, that of Massa was. AIPAC organs began questioning whether Massa could be re-elected after his signing of the blockade letter.

    Massa's meeting in Rochester with his constituent, the late USS Liberty survivor John Hrankowski also undoubtedly set off alarm bells at AIPAC, in addition to Massa's opinion that the Goldstone Report, which criticized Israeli human rights violations in its invasion of Gaza, had merit. Usually, AIPAC controls the purse strings to congressional candidates through House congressional campaign committees like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Campaign Committee, the latter receiving millions from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). The DCCC, once controlled by Rahm Emanuel, is now led by Representative Steve Israel (D-NY). However, Massa won his seat in 2008 with no support from the DCCC and that worried AIPAC. Massa did notice that some of his wealthy Jewish contributors from New York City went silent on him as he prepared for his 2010 re-election. Something else had to be done to eliminate Massa and that was ginning up a contrived sex scandal that would drive him out of office.

    America's political road is littered with those who dared challenge AIPAC's authority over the American political scene: Democrats and Republicans like J. William Fulbright, William Scranton, Charles Percy, Roger Jepsen, Adlai Stevenson III, Paul Findlay (who wrote an excellent book on AIPAC's influence over American politics, "They Dare to Speak Out"), James Abdenour, James Abourezk, Helen THOMAS, Jimmy Carter, Pete McCloskey, James Traficant, Earl Hilliard, Cynthia McKinney, and now, Eric Massa....who's going to be next?
  • By the way the fathers and stars of the Scottish Enlightenment, including Adam Smith and David Hume, believed that democracy and capitalism could end in cultural stalemate. Looks like they were more prescient than our own leadership. And they favored both as systems of politics and economics. Perhaps we could lift the level of debate in the 2012 election if both those important persons were once again read and the political and economic classes in the USA understood their concerns, arguments, and solutions.
  • HK


    Arithmetics of Disdain,

    At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act"

    It is noteworthy that the State Department's list of global terrorist incidents for 2002 worldwide failed to list the car bombing attack on Hobeika and his party.... But Listed a small Hand Grenade thrown at a U.S. franchise in the middle of the night when the place was closed, empty and no one was hurt? The White House wanted to ensure the terror attack on Mr. Elie Hobeika, and his party of three young men with families, was censored from the report. The reason was simple: this attack ultimately had Washington's and Israel's fingerprints all over it....Given the actual climate of political cacophonies, deceit, deception and intrigue in Lebanon of today, Lebanon of the LIARS of NEOCONVILLE, it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Mr. Elie Hobeika was a visionary Leader and a Hero.Lebanon will probably never know a Leader of this caliber.My dear friend ELIE, you have been reborn on January 24th 2002.Heroes are reborn the day of their Martyrdom .ELIE, you are more alive today, than many living political corpses,walking and talking in Beirut Lebanon every day, until resurrection.At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act"- G. Orwell A U.S. intelligence source revealed to me, that in the world of intelligence "carve out" subcontracts such confusion is often the case with "plausible deniability" being a foremost concern in ALL covert operations, especially in Elie Hobeika's case on January 24th 2002, & Hariri's Feb. 14th 2005... Notwithstanding Jacques CHIRAC's gesticulations and false sorrow for the loss of his "friend" Rafic HARIRI, he has been regularly organizing official meetings in Paris for Asef Shawkat with his services to secure SYRIA for and with Assef Shawkat,....

    The propensity of governments to create secrets out of the obvious is one of the more tedious aspects of international relations. But this secret is not obvious, and it is not trivial. Though it is true, and I hold the KEY.

    Fabrications, LIES , False Flag operations, CIA and MOSSAD.It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt,that ALL stories which came out immediately after the Assassination of Mr.Elie Hobeika, Fares Sweidan,Dimitri Ajram, and Waleed El-Zein, were completely &utterly FALSE. It was a pure fabrication by the KILLERS;AND the CIA'S Foreign Denial and Deception Committee (FDDC),to cover their tracks. Standard operating procedure...101I mean by that, the stories relating to Elie trying to find IMAD Moughnieh, the alleged attempted contacts with CIA, MOSSAD, etc. , the missing Iranian diplomats, the 9 most wanted by CIA, whose names have been circulated then,on purpose by CIA, to 7 ministers in the Lebanese Government, etc. [names which CIA has completely forgotten now,one of them has proven since to be a CIA asset himself...] ALL these were a tortuous web of lies to cover the tracks of the Murderers of CIA, MOSSAD, and their Syro-Lebanese tools.Special ongoing Investigation.Oct. , 2007- On September 15, 2001, just four days after the 9-11 attacks,CIA Director George Tenet provided President [sic] Bush with a Top Secret"Worldwide Attack Matrix"-a virtual license to kill targets deemed to be a threat to the United States in some 80 countries around the world. The Tenet plan, which was subsequently approved by Bush, essentially reversed the executive orders of four previous U.S. administrations that expressly prohibited political assassinations. Mr. Elie Hobeika will be the first target of the US administration, to pave the way for its Iraq Invasion .It planned to directly control the "Energy Basin" and ALL the OIL Transportation routes,from Pipelines to the Maritime avenues and choke points in the Gulf areas, and from central Asia to Mauritania and beyond.But most of all, Mr. Elie Hobeika will be made to pay dearly with his life,for daring to change his politics and views, after experiencing first hand,THE BRUTALITY OF THE ISRAELIS AND THE AMERICANS ,and their CULTURE OF VIOLENCE , Intrigue, murder & very bad Politics.The BUSH+CHENEY Energy MATRIX, coming to a place near you SOON.The awakening is near. It will be like a hurricane passing with untold fury.Mark my Words: .....

    THE assassination of yet another Lebanese MP — the seventh anti-Syrian figure to be murdered since the slaying of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005 — has brought Lebanon to the brink of a catastrophe. It threatens to be even more devastating than the 1975-90 civil war. The country’s survival as an independent unified state is now at stake. The divide between anti-Syrian and pro-Syrian blocs is now unbridgeable.

    As to fears of fresh civil war, it is already a reality. With ministers and pro-government MPs being assassinated, the government even more besieged than the one in Iraq, surviving MPs in hiding, who can talk of political normality? Lebanon is at war with itself. How long before that translates into general armed conflict is anyone’s guess. It would be naive to imagine that Ghanem’s killing will be the last. The anti-Syrian majority in Parliament is now razor-thin. Those behind this and the other killings are obviously determined to bring down the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora by the physical elimination of its parliamentary majority.

    There can be no doubt that more assassinations are planned and will be attempted. If that happens and the Lebanese government falls as a result and is replaced by a pro-Syrian government, it will trigger a wave of retaliatory violence — against Hezbollah, against the Shiite community and against pro-Syrian figures. Open warfare waits in the wings.

    Syrian protestations that it had nothing to do with Antoine Ghanem’s murder and the others may be true. It is quite possible that the killings are wholly internal, the work of pro-Syrian elements inside Lebanon who want power back. There are certainly some who do not want a new president elected to replace Emile Lahoud. It is even possible that Israelis were behind the killings, intent on destabilization and making Syria appear the villain — possible but unlikely; they have much to lose if a Hezbollah-dominated, pro-Syrian government were installed in Beirut.

    The problem is that very few believe Syria’s innocence. They ask the question “who benefits?” and, in the case of each assassination, come up with the same answer: Damascus and its clients in Lebanon. That belief robs Syria of having an acceptable role in Lebanon for a long time to come. The majority of Lebanese want their sovereignty to be absolute; with no interference from anyone — be they Syrian, Israeli, Iranian, American or whatever. That dream, however, is being car-bombed to oblivion....

    Forget what you've heard about objectivity. Not even cameras are objective. To nearly everything you analyze (and report on) you bring notions based on - but not limited to - your class, gender, skin color, ethnicity, native language, upbringing, education, religion, culture, playground experiences, political orientation, the influences of people you trust and things about the way our brains work that nobody even knows yet. Like sponges, we absorb stereotypes and clichés about other people's attitudes and behavior which skews our perceptions in ways we don't even realize. So don't fool yourself into believing in objectivity. The best you can achieve is fairness, and that's a tough path to stick to as well.

    And then we'd have a talk about the textbook description of objectivity, which is that "every story has two sides," a pernicious dualistic myth that profoundly undermines what is supposed to be a search for truth....

    The even greater danger with these dark clouds forming over Lebanon is for the region. With Syria’s links to Iran, Iran’s links to Hezbollah, rising tension over Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions, there is a chain explosion waiting to happen. An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, an American attack on Iran, a Syrian attack on Israel, more Lebanese assassinations: One could trigger another. The temperature is fast rising on the Middle East’s northern rim — and it is near flash point.


    Petition USA

    Dear Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, , thanks for your
    great work defending the USA Constitution, with
    between Churches and State and Free Speech,
    and my questions are:1) since most likely the Senate

    will approve Michael Mukasey as the new A.G.of

    the United States, and since as you know,he is an

    orthodox Israeli-American and with dual citizenship,
    American and Israeli, , NYT Sept.
    18.07 "Washington outsider with many sides"
    for info on Mukasey as Judge of the WTC-
    Insurance 9/11 case , will he respect other
    religions exactly thesame as his?2) since he is an

    ordained rabbi within his orthodox community,will his partners get treatment better or different in any way
    from the one you or I or anybody else would get from

    him in the United States of America?

    3) what happens to all the Security Contracts
    and Military deals he and his son Marc are
    doing with the Companies and Interests of
    Giuliani Partners and other associates ?

    4) what happens with all the deals they
    worked on in his son's law firm,
    Bracewell&Giuliani?since Bracewell&Giuliani has

    offices in the South Asia, like in Kazakhstan,a big

    oil supplier ruled by an extreme undemocratic leader,
    Nazarbayev, will the Mukasey's and Giuliani's
    get special deals? with no supervision? political
    donations? will the actual law firm of Mukasey
    get special deals too? will anybody ask ? or will
    they just say yes :blindly?

    5) Michael Mukasey

    and his son Marc are strong AIPAC supporters ,

    but will anyone in the Senate ask anything about their relationship to these political-military-religious-financial
    and foreign groups? we know that no one
    will,but is that right? isn't special treatment?
    the A.G.?

    6) Chairman,this powerful military-religious-
    financial group , of which Michael Mukasey is
    a leader, will have unprecedented influence in
    the Justice Dpt. ,White House and Congress,
    not to mention over the average taxpayer,
    and since many members of the orthodox
    community to which he belongs are diamond,
    gold,jewelry,insurance ,real estate and tobacco
    dealers and wholesalers while claiming Tax
    Exemption due to religious condition,will his
    appointment stop all the Investigations of the
    IRS and Justice well as Commerce,etc.?
    and back taxes?
    do average Americans have a guarantee of
    equal treatment?
    when we start getting prosecuted for asking
    questions,what recourse do we have ? any ?
    and since orthodox Mukasey will most likely
    install many members of his organized religious
    group into office,will we be forced to request
    help from the same community like his with
    the special privilege?7) Judge Mukasey was in

    charge of the 9/11/01 Trial case between the

    leaseholders of the WTC,SIlverstein-Goldman-

    Pacific-etc., and the 23 Insurance Companies these

    new leaseholders called just days before 9/11 to
    open dozens of policies over everything in
    the Towers, services,leases,businesses,contracts,
    profits,hardware,you name it,their premiums
    were millions of dollars a week, didn't make
    any business sense,unless they knew what was
    going to happen a few days later ,and
    everybody in N.Y. and around the world
    was waiting for answers from the Trial ,
    and then Judge Mukasey put a lid on the
    Trial and no news came out, NOTHING !!!!
    and everybody asked why ?, if it is a patriotic
    case,why no news at all ?why the secrecy ?
    why Judge Mukesay didn't want anybody in
    America to know everything about Silverstein
    and his dozens of policies? , then we also found
    out that then N.Y.State A.G. Eliot Spitzer
    wrote a Friend of the Court brief supporting
    Silverstein,the AG siding with one of the
    parties!, and the Judge and Spitzer started to
    push the Insurance Companies to settle for 2
    events,a total of 7 billion dollars to Silverstein
    and his partners, many of the Insurance
    Companies refused because they knew
    something was not right and eventually they
    settled on 4.6 billion dollars for Silverstein ,
    but we still never got any details in any
    newspaper ,radio or TV,NOTHING ! I WOULD
    but we do know that no one will ask him
    anything in D.C., he and his Orthodox
    Congregation partners rule,after all they all
    go to Israel together and share Religious
    Ceremonies with Kissinger, Chertoff,
    Bloomberg ,Silverstein,etc., and yet we hear
    S. Schumer and other neocons saying to the
    media that they want to learn more from
    the man !8) Chairman,this new A.G. will have
    unprecedented influence over President Bush
    and VP Cheney,since he is the only one that
    can prosecute the 2,is it wise to have a
    member of a foreign religious-political group
    having so much power over the President and
    the Vice-President of the United States of
    America ? safe ? smart? patriotic?We know that MR..Mukasey was selected by
    Joshua Bolten and approved by Senator
    Schumer and others,so since "they" run
    Washington,it's a done deal ,hearing Senator
    Schumer telling the Media how wonderful
    Mukasey is and that his nomination cuts
    down on pressure on the White House, do
    they extorted a deal from the President:
    Our orthodox candidate and we stop asking
    for White House U.S. Attorney papers and
    information?is that why Bush looks so depressed?

    is that how Schumer,Bolton, Emanuel,Specter,
    Lieberman and Bloomberg are going to run
    this country?
    because clearly with Mukasey as A.G.,they
    run this country lock,stock and barrel,it's
    that how our Constitutional Rights end ?
    Extortion of the President of the United
    hearing Schumer and Specter, it's clear that it
    was all about getting the Christians out of the
    Justice Dpt. and installing the neocon orthodox
    in, is that how they do it ?A partner of Mukasey

    as adviser to Giuliani , the neocon Pedhoretz,

    has repeatedly pushed with Pr.Bush to bomb Iran,

    to attack, and since Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Kyl

    are pushing to brand Iran's Military a terrorist

    Organization, is this the beginning of a concerted

    effort to push for war? it's important to remember
    all this , because in 2002 and 2003 all these
    neocons with Sen.Schumer,S.Coleman,
    Sen.Boxer,R.Emanuel,Kristol,Safire, Wolfowitz,
    Whitman, Kaplan,Kellner,Gutman,Berman,
    Sulzberger,Murdoch,Karmazin, ex-sec.Cohen,
    were pushing for war every day on the media
    and yet now they are attacking anyone that
    mentions it, they are warning elected officials
    like R.Moran that to mention these facts is
    anti-this and anti-that and "watch it ", they
    are bullying any one that mentions what happen
    before the USA went to Iraq,and worst: they
    insist now on their media that only Bush-
    Cheney-Rice-Rumsfeld are responsible , that
    no one else pushed for this war:

    it looks like its not the first time, it sounds
    like they always pull the same trick: they push
    for war,financed with their Hedge Funds and
    then with the media they erase any links to
    themselves, this is criminal; to push for war
    and then to hide and blamethe Christians
    only,that's evil and SHOWS LOTS OF
    COUNTRY! to confirm an organized
    religious-political-military from a foreign sect
    and laws to Attorney General is
    un-Constitutional,illegal, un-American and
    goes against the core of the USA values,
    thousands died to defend the USA
    Constitution from foreign religions, how can
    the Senate now approve a religious leader ?
    will they even ask this question? will they
    commit High Treason ?when you look at these

    incompetent and criminal decisions against the

    Rule of Law and the Declaration of Independence,
    how can Taxpayers petition the Government
    for any rights?Thanks for your great work defending
    America from foreign and domestic enemies,
    in my humble opinion, this situation
    looks to me like occupation and foreign control,
    and to you ?America knows that George Washington,

    Lincoln and all the Founding Fathers would be proud of
    your defense of the USA Constitution against
    High Treason and High Crimes,


    US Citizens


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    Saakashvili Ordered me to Get Rid of Patarkatsishvili’ – Okruashvili

    Ex-Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili has made yet another startling allegation against his former ally, President Saakashvili. The president, he said, had personally ordered him to liquidate Badri Patarkatsishvili, a business tycoon.
    Speaking live on Imedi TV’s talk show On the Air late on September 25, Okruashvili said: “Saakashvili told me that we should get rid of him [Patarkatsishvili], in the same way as happened to Rafik Hariri, the former Lebanese prime minister, who was killed in a car bomb attack.”
    “In July 2005,” Okruashvili said, “Saakashvili asked me: what did I think about getting rid of one person… - Badri Patarkatsishvili? And then he [Saakashvili] outlined a very detailed plan on how to get rid of him.”
    Okruashvili continued: “It was absolutely clear to me that it was a trap for me as well, because they would have gotten rid of me as well after getting rid of Patarkatsishvili.”
    He said in response he told Saakashvili that he needed time to think about it.
    “Meanwhile, I met with one person who at that time was working with the Americans and told him about the president’s proposal,” Okruashvili said. “I did it in the hope that the information would have been passed on to the Americans… It was Zaza Gogava [now Chief-of-Staff of the Georgian armed forces] However it did not work. Because after a month Saakashvili again repeated his demand about getting rid of Patarkatsishvili.”
    “Then I met with another person in Turkey, whose identity I can not reveal. He also has close links with the Americans. He's not a Georgian citizen. I told him about Saakashvili’s plan. This information, it seemed, was delivered to the Americans, because since then Saakashvili never talked with me about getting rid of Patarkatsishvili.”President Saakashvili, who is currently in New York for the UN General Assembly Session, has yet to comment on his former ally’s allegations.


    Irakli Okruashvili, ex-defense minister and once President Saakashvili’s closest ally, has accused the president of engaing in “anti-state steps” and “ordering murders.”
    In his first public statement since he quit the government last November, Okruashvili also finally announced the launch of his political party – Movement for United Georgia. He refused to take question after his ten-minute speech, but said he planned to give further details and “answer all questions” during a TV appearance planned for later on Tuesday.
    “I will definitely speak more on these crimes, which were masterminded by the authorities,” he said. Okruashvili added: “I was ordered by Saakashvili several times to liquidate certain influential and important people, which I refused to do.” He gave no further details.
    There has been considerable speculation that “a war of compromising materials” would precede Okruashvili’s political comeback and the unveiling of his new opposition party.
    Okruashvili said at the news conference in his party's headquarters in downtown Tbilisi that “fascist trends” and “anti-state steps undertaken by the authorities” had convinced him and his co-thinkers to set up the new movement. He also suggested that it hadn't been easy to launch the party.
    People, he said, “are terrorized” because of “repression.” “Those with dissenting opinions are deemed ‘enemies of the state’ and the government is refusing to hold a dialogue with them,” he said.
    This, he said, had made it difficult to convince people to engage in public life.
    Okruashvili said that the anti-corruption campaign was “unreal.” The prisons, he said, were full of petty criminals, while corruption continued to thrive among “top level officials, Saakashvili’s inner circle and his family.”
    “Three years ago when I was Interior Minister,” Okruashvili said, “I arrested Temur Alasania, the president’s uncle, for extortion of USD 200,000. I, however, had to release him on the president’s insistence.”
    He also accused the authorities, and personally Saakashvili, of, as he put it, “a deliberate anti-Orthodox Church campaign” and “of fighting against Georgian traditions and values.”
    “Saakashvili has an inner hatred of the Georgian Orthodox Church,” Okruashvili said. “The Georgian church is the most respected institution in Georgia. [Because of this] he [Saakashvili] perceives the Church as his main competitor. While in his inner circle, I often heard him talking about splitting the Church and discrediting the clergy.”
    He also said that there was “a clear attempt” by the Saakashvili administration “to re-write Georgia’s history, as if nothing Georgian existed before the Rose Revolution, and everything new is being created by Saakashvili.”
    Okruashvili also made an obvious attempt to appeal to other walks of life by saying that the older generation, those over 50, had been “neglected and humiliated.”
    Internally displaced persons from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, he said, “were not regarded as human beings during ex-President Shevardnadze’s regime and this trend has continued in the Saakashvili regime as well.”
    He also criticized the authorities’ policies towards the secessionist regions.
    “We were one step away from reclaiming one of our lost territories,” Okruashvili said, apparently referring to South Ossetia.
    Several months before his resignation from the cabinet, Okruashvili said that he had planned to celebrate the 2007 New Year in Tskhinvali, the capital of breakaway South Ossetia. Commentators said that Saakashvili’s decision to move Okruashvili last November from the Defense Ministry to the Ministry of Economy was largely because of Okruashvili’s perceived hawkish stance on South Ossetia.
    In his speech on September 25, Okruashvili said that “only Saakashvili’s weakness, inability and fear” had foiled plans to reclaim the secessionist region. He also said Saakashvili was too weak to take an unspecified “historic decision.”
    He also criticized Tbilisi’s decision to create the provisional South Ossetia administration, led by Dimitri Sanakoev. Okruashvili said Sanakoev had no respect and authority among the population of the region. He also said that installing Sanakoev was “an imaginary attempt” to unite the country.
    Okruashvili explained his decision to “quietly” quit the government without voicing his discontent was because of, as he put it, his sense of “civil responsibility.”
    “Army officers, who are still my friends, asked me to do it quietly,” he said and added that by doing so he had denied the country’s enemies an opportunity to speculate on a split within the government.
    Okruashvili admitted that he shared “the responsibility for some mistakes because I was also once part of this government.”
    “I, however, have done nothing but good for my country when in government,” he added. “So any attempt to discredit me will fail.”
    Towards the end of his speech, he implied that he might have presidential ambitions.
    “Georgia will be united only if it has a president who doesn't humiliate and insult its own people,” Okruashvili said.
    Throughout his speech, Okruashvili's fellow party members stood beside him. They include: lawmakers Tea Tlashadze, Ketevan Makharashvili, Koka Guntsadze, Gia Tortladze and Gia Tsagareishvili; former Deputy Defense Minister Levan Nikolaishvili and a lawyer, Eka Beselia.
    Two former journalists from Rustavi 2 TV station, Nana Lezhava and Natia Lazashvili, were also there. Both quit the TV station shortly after Rustavi 2 changed hands last November following Okruashvili’s resignation.