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Georgia-Russia conflict a blow to Bush foreign policy

Georgia-Russia conflict a blow to Bush foreign policy: "Since the Georgia conflict erupted, Bush has repeatedly cited it progress toward democracy as he promised American support. 'The people of Georgia have cast their lot with the free world, and we will not cast them aside,' he said.

Faced with a massive deployment of Russian military power, however, the U.S. response was confined to condemning Moscow's actions, pushing for humanitarian aid and pressing Georgia to accept a cease-fire agreement brokered by France that would leave Russian troops still inside Georgia's two breakaway enclaves.

'What freedom strategy?' asked David L. Phillips, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of a report on Georgia. 'It is scorned worldwide. Afghanistan is backsliding. The bar has been set low in Iraq. Georgia is in ruins.'

The damage may not be confined to Georgia, many analysts believe.

The U.S. had intended to renew its push for expanding the North At…

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Pakistan's Musharraf steps down

Al Jazeera English - CENTRAL/S. ASIA - Pakistan's Musharraf steps down: "Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, has said he will resign from his position, following months of pressure form the country's civilian government.

The move, which came in a televised address to the nation on Monday, is intended to help him avoid impeachment charges drawn up by the ruling coalition.

'After consultations with my legal advisers and close political friends, for the country and the nation today, I am deciding to resign from my office,' Musharraf said.

'I am leaving with the satisfaction that whatever I did for this country and the population, I did with honesty and commitment.

'But I am also a human being,' he added. 'I might have made some mistakes, but I have hope that this nation and the population will tolerate those mistakes with the belief that my intentions were always clear and to the benefit of this country.'"