President Saakashvili travelled to Washington last week for a meeting with President Obama, and other high-level meetings and speaking engagements.  While there was a (seemingly) minute-by-minute analysis on the Georgian news, it, unsurprisingly, was not a big deal in the American media.  Foreign Policy magazine did have an article on the meetings. The article focuses on the topics of Georgian reforms in anti-corruption and democratization  Ultimately, as many prominent Georgia-watchers have said many times, the focus of reforms now is on modernization not democratization. Georgia’s anti-corruption and modernization measures have received a lot of good press.  I’ll deal with the democratization question later, as it’s a thorny one, but the thing I like about Georgia and its modernizing tendencies is that, in general, they’re not afraid of crazy ideas.  What would happen if we fired all the corrupt police?  (OK, a lot could go wrong with that one, but it’s often heralded as one of the best anti-corruption measures.)  What would happen if they gave every 1st grader their own netbook?  (Well, they’d all have computer access, at a minimum)  What would happen if they put a native English speaker in every school in the country?  (I don’t think it’s the panacea so many people think it will be, but it at least exposes students to real, live English-speakers).  I’m sure there are plenty of these “crazy ideas” that I’ve never heard of because they never see the light of day, and plenty that crash and burn (though I can’t think of any at the moment…)  I like living in a place where the attitude is often “Something is not right.  Let’s try to fix it!”