Manhattan transfer

Flamboyant, slightly corpulent at the age of 39 and with rapid-fire fluent English, Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili could still pass for the New York lawyer he was before the Rose Revolution and his transformation into the darling of US foreign policy.

Has all that, and the historic mission he set himself to reinvent his country, been thrown away in a gesture of impatience and paranoia about Russian plots? It is possible.

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