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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-12-08 05:30 PM
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Meet McCain's bro --- Mikheil Saakashvili, the man who lost it all
Georgia: Mikheil Saakashvili, the man who lost it all
When he burst on to television screens across the world last week, speaking perfect English, Mikheil Saakashvili looked every inch the charismatic New York-trained lawyer that he is.

By Nick Allen
Last Updated: 6:50PM BST 12 Aug 2008



Known to friends as "Misha" the cosmopolitan 40-year-old is unquestionably brilliant, speaks half a dozen languages and has a Dutch wife he met in Paris.

But Mr Saakashvili has handed Russia a victory it could scarcely have dreamed of - his decision to invade South Ossetia has left his army humiliated and he could soon be fighting for his political life with no prospect of any meaningful help from his Western allies.

How did he make such a catastrophic blunder?

The answer appears to lie in Mr Saakashvili's own character. While supporters praise him as a passionate and patriotic leader, whose drive and energy have transformed Georgia, critics say he is bombastic, impulsive and confrontational and his suave exterior hides a burning nationalist pride.

His abject defeat will hurt further still because it means the loss of long personal battle with Vladimir Putin.

A few years ago a document titled Mikheil Saakashvili: A Psychological Study, origin unknown, was circulated among Western journalists.

The now discredited paper claimed Mr Saakashvili's behaviour was narcissistic, paranoid, egocentric and hysterical and showed "psychiatric disturbances".

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/georgi...
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-12-08 05:34 PM
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1. How did he make such a catastrophic blunder?
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-12-08 05:36 PM
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2. Game over, man.
Never trust a psycho.




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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-12-08 06:24 PM
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3. His political career is ruined:
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