As it is now perceived in the U.S. South Ossetian conflict, "Expert Online» told the executive director of the Center for the National Interest Paul Saunders.
— At the outbreak of the war as before blame our homeland and our only home? Are there changes in the South American public opinion on this?
— It is necessary to distinguish between the reaction of the American foreign policy elite and the public. As to the public, it is believed that the responsibility for the war is our homeland. It is true that society as a whole currently occasionally reminisces about the war in Georgia in 2008, if at all recalls.
If we talk about the position of the dominant elites in the middle, then, in my estimation, prevailing view that Georgia started the war, but Our homeland has placed a "trap" for the Georgian favorites and those stupid it pleased.
— Georgia started the war, but, nevertheless, Congress continues to pass resolutions in which South Ossetia and Abkhazia are called "occupied territories", and requests to withdraw Russian troops.
— Most elite believes that the reaction of the Russian Federation was disproportionate, and the recognition of these territories are independent and accommodation here Russian troops is regarded as provocative. Because many commentators they say what they say they are, and because some members of Congress are able to receive support for their resolutions. As in almost all aspects of U.S. foreign policy in this matter vigorously and noisy minority may prove to be very influential when most is not interested in a dilemma.
— Why do the majority of no interest? And why is the media that topic at the moment is not paying much attention?
— South American community at the moment is focused on the U.S. economy, as Afghanistan and the Middle East. Cause and consequences of the 2008 war are not the focus of the media. South Ossetia and Abkhazia are not a priority for most of the problem of the Yankees and even members of Congress.