Τραγική για Έλληνα πολίτη, πόσο μάλλον πρωθυπουργό, είναι η σημερινή αποκάλυψη της wikileaks για συνάντηση του ΓΑΠ με τον γερουσιαστή Durbin, τον Γιαννούλια και τον Σπέκχαρντ. Το τι τους είπε δεν περιγράφεται!! Παραβλέπουμε ότι στη συνάντηση που έγινε τον Φεβρουάριο του 2009 σε ερώτηση του Γιαννούλα τι σκέφτεται να κάνει με το διογκούμενο χρέος, του λέει ότι η χώρα χρειάζεται μια νέα κυβέρνηση που να μπορεί να πάρει δύσκολες αποφάσεις που πρέπει να ληφθούν… παραβλέπουμε ότι παραδέχεται ότι η κρίση είναι τόσο εξωγενής όσο και ενδογενής ενώ δημόσια έλεγε ότι η κρίση είναι ελληνική… και τα παραβλέπουμε όλα γιατί η συνομιλία περιέχει δύο βόμβες που ως συνήθως θα θαφτούν από τα ελληνικά ΜΜΕ:
1. Ο Παπανδρέου γλύφει πατόκορφα τον Αμερικάνο Γερουσιαστή και του λέει ότι νιώθει πάρα πολύ κοντά στις ΗΠΑ, ενώ του θυμίζει τόσο ότι γεννήθηκε όσο και ότι σπούδασε εκεί!! Στη συνέχεια λέει ότι οι ΗΠΑ είναι η μόνη δύναμη στον κόσμο που μπορεί να προωθήσει τις δημοκρατικές αξίες δίνοντας ουσιαστικά πράσινο φως για επεμβάσεις σε στυλ Λιβύη… Τέλος δεν ξεχνά να τους θυμίσει ότι η Ελλάδα είναι μια «μικρή χώρα… που μπορεί όμως να συμβάλει σε επίλυση προβλημάτων… ηγέτης να σου πετύχει…
2. Αφού τους λέει ότι σαν Πρόεδρος της ΣοσιαλΗστικής Διεθνούς βοήθησε τους πρώην κομμουνιστές του ανατολικού μπλόκ να καμουφλαριστούν σαν δημοκράτες και κατάφερε να κάνει τους Ισραηλινούν και τους Παλαιστίνιους να συνομιλήσουν… τους σκάει το μεγάλο παραμύθι που μοιάζει σαν αγγελία για δουλειά: Είμαι διατεθειμένος αν θέλετε να μεσολαβήσω μεταξύ των ΗΠΑ και διαφόρων ηγετών στον κόσμο με τους οποίους έχετε προβλήματα!!!
Και αυτός ο άνθρωπος είναι Πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας…
Εννοείται ότι τους φλόμωσε στις παπαριές «η Ελλάδα μπορεί να καλύψει όλη την ενέργειά της με τον άνεμο» η «μπορούμε να φτιάξουμε ανεμόμυλους που θα δένουν και με το τοπίο» κ.λπ παπαριές για πράσινη ανάπτυξη.
Τέλος αυτονόητο θεωρείται ότι τους έλεγε «μπορούμε να δουλέψουμε μαζί σας» και σαν καλός «Έλληνας» τα έχωσε στη Μέρκελ που δεν γυρνάει να μοιράζει ακάλυπτες επιταγές σε όσους χρωστάνε λεφτά…
Διαβάστε όλο το έγγραφο να φρίξετε:
UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 ATHENS 000250
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV ECON OVIP ENRG TU GR
SUBJECT: CODEL DURBIN’S MEETING WITH GREEK OPPOSITION
REF: ATHENS 207
ΒΆ1. (SBU) In a wide-ranging discussion February 18, Senator Durbin and main opposition PASOK party president George Papandreou shared views on the global economic crisis, Cyprus, Greek-Turkish relations, Afghanistan, and other issues. They agreed that the international goodwill surrounding the new U.S. administration provided an opportunity to make lasting reforms in the global economy — including expansion of renewable energy — and to improve the
global image of the U.S. Papandreou stressed the «closeness» he feels with the U.S., the country of his birth, and he argued that the U.S. is «the only power in the world» able to take the lead in promoting our shared democratic values. He added that Greece would be ready to do its part under a future PASOK government. Papandreou expressed admiration for the recently signed U.S. economic stimulus package, and said he wished the EU would consider something similar.
Unfortunately, he said, Germany had taken the lead in holding back the EU’s reaction to the economic crisis, based on what Papandreou considered a misguided commitment to fiscal rules
that made little sense in a recession. Noting his role as current head of the Socialist International, Papandreou explained his work with leaders in the Muslim world and elsewhere to find peaceful ways to resolve disputes and to deal with terrorism. He said he would be open to U.S. ideas if there were ways he could help build connections to confrontational leaders anywhere in the world. End Summary.
«Time to Work Together»
ΒΆ2. (SBU) Papandreou began the meeting with Senator Durbin, Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, and the Ambassador by offering congratulations for the election of President Obama
and by noting how his own life story was deeply connected with the U.S. (including a year Papandreou spent in high school in Elmhurst, Illinois). Durbin noted the wide range of challenges facing the new administration, including the global economic crisis, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Durbin also shared impressions of his recent visit to Cyprus, including the prospects for progress this year in the negotiations, as well as weaknesses in civil society. Papandreou thanked Durbin for his work in the Senate on Greek-Turkish relations and other issues of importance to Greece. Papandreou said that now is the time for us to work together, and he endorsed what he called President Obama’s «message to world» to solve our common problems. Papandreou said that although Greece is a «smaller country,» it can contribute to stability in surrounding regions, and he noted in particular Greece’s historic relationships with the Muslim world.
ΒΆ3. (SBU) Durbin noted the importance of President Obama’s first Executive Order on Guantanamo, torture, and ensuring humane standards for rendition, and Papandreou expressed
strong support, adding that he had publicly used the President’s statement about security and freedom not being mutually exclusive. He agreed that there is currently an opportunity for the U.S. to create a different image around the world, observing that in the past it was easy for groups
opposed to our shared democratic values to point to torture as a way to discredit the U.S. Papandreou said that while the U.S. could not «dictate solutions,» it was the «only power in the world that can lead» in promoting our values. Papandreou said we would have his support in this effort.
Seeking a Large EU Stimulus
ΒΆ4. (SBU) Papandreou said that early parliamentary elections were a real possibility in Greece, and he noted that opinion polls showed PASOK would likely win. He stressed that the current government had been weakened by internal and external crises, and Greece needed a new government that would have the credibility with society to make difficult decisions and to mobilize people. Telling the delegation «we can work with you,» Papandreou noted that his top priority in government would be the same as President Obama’s: dealing with the economic situation. Papandreou said it would be in the interest of both Greece and the U.S. to push the EU to consider a larger stimulus package on the model of the U.S. stimulus. He said the EU should do its part to encourage investment for the good of the global economy. Papandreou lamented that the EU’s cumbersome rules and the opposition of key members — especially an overly inflation-phobic Germany — had constrained the EU response to the crisis. He called for the EU to relax its «master criteria» that require member states to run no more than a 3 percent budget deficit, arguing that these rules made no sense in a recession. He also expressed support for ending disparities in interest rates for loans within the euro zone.
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ΒΆ5. (SBU) Durbin noted that energy independence was a key goal of the U.S. stimulus, and that the package’s investment in renewable energy had resonated with the U.S. public. Papandreou agreed, noting it would be possible «to power Greece only with wind.» He expressed support for new windmills based on traditional Greek designs, so that tourist areas would embrace them as part of the Greek «brand» rather than opposing them as an eyesore. He added that Greece had the potential to do more with solar, water, and geothermal power. Papandreou also agreed with the Ambassador’s suggestion that Greece look at developing its communication infrastructure, noting the economic benefits of expanding broadband access.
ΒΆ6. (SBU) Asked by Durbin for his views on trade, Papandreou emphasized that he was not a protectionist, but instead took the social democratic view that markets should be open but governed by rules to encourage development. He said he would like to see an organization like the IMF that would do more to put clear, strict international rules on financial development, «geared toward where we want to move the planet,» including greater use of renewable energy. He
expressed support for «incentives for free competition» in the WTO that would over time improve the poor conditions that workers currently face in many poor countries. Papandreou said both the U.S. and EU should be more open for trade in agriculture. He noted that Greece could do well as a niche producer of high-quality agricultural goods in a more competitive market.
ΒΆ7. (SBU) Giannoulias asked about the alarming growth in Greece’s public debt, and Papandreou agreed it was a problem, unlike private debt and toxic assets, two problems Greece had largely managed to avoid. Papandreou said Greece lacked of competitiveness, and this could be dealt with through modernization, including moving toward a green economy. He noted that Greece was made more vulnerable to the global financial crisis because its banks had invested heavily in the Balkans. He peppered the delegation with questions about how the U.S. was responding to the current economic challenges in the areas of real estate, unemployment, and
public transportation. Durbin and Giannoulias noted the importance of infrastructure investment as part of the U.S. stimulus.
Papandreou’s International Outreach
ΒΆ8. (SBU) Papandreou said his position as leader of the Socialist International had given him access to a wide range of leftist parties around the world, some in power and some not. Noting that he had helped eastern European communist parties to democratize after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Papandreou said he would be willing to reach out to confrontational leaders in Latin America or elsewhere in the world if the U.S. thought he could be of use in building connections. Papandreou noted that the Socialist International had brought together Palestinian and Israeli
parties to discuss peace plans, and that he had discussed with Pakistani President Zardari the idea of setting up a committee to find ways to isolate terrorist groups without relying solely on force. Papandreou added that he had doubts about the wisdom of Zardari’s recent cease-fire agreement
that permits Sharia law in parts of Pakistan, but he understood that Zardari was in a difficult situation. Papandreou said he had developed contacts with such countries as Syria and Iran during his tenure as Foreign Minister (1999-2004).
ΒΆ9. (SBU) Turning to Turkey and Cyprus, Papandreou stressed that as Foreign Minister he and his Turkish counterpart, the late Ismail Cem, had launched a new era in bilateral relations, based in part on a significant increase in person-to-person contacts. These started with mutual assistance efforts following earthquakes in both countries in 1999 and continued with exchanges in music, soccer, business, and local government. By the initiative’s second year, Papandreou said, there were so many cross-border civil society activities that it was impossible to count them. He said he had promoted similar efforts in Cyprus, including a high-profile case in which a Turkish Cypriot boy with leukemia had been matched with a Greek Cypriot donor. These initiatives stopped after the failed referendum in Cyprus in ΒΆ2004. Papandreou said it would be important to push on
initiatives such as these when PASOK is back in power. If the leadership empowers people to establish contacts, he said, those contacts will happen.
ΒΆ10. (U) CODEL Durbin departed post prior to clearing this cable.