Saturday, August 16, 2008

McCain's History with Georgia.

As could have been expected the topic has spilled over to the US presidential campaign.
McCain’s response has been less that subtle:

"I told him that I know I speak for every American when I said to him, today, we
are all Georgians," McCain said to loud applause. (CBS)

On Tuesday, he called Russia an unrepentant combatant against a "brave little nation" and compared Russian "killing" in the "tiny little democracy" to Soviet aggression during the Cold War era.
"We've seen this movie before in Prague and Budapest," McCain said on
Fox News. (Wash Post)

Then I found out this:

John McCain's top foreign-policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, is a leading expert on U.S.-allied Georgia -- and was a paid lobbyist for the former Soviet republic(i.e. Georgia) until March.
Until May, Scheunemann was lobbying for Georgia - earning more than $800,000 in the process - yet now in August, he's advising McCain on the conflict between Georgia and Russia. Scheunemann's other notable lobbying stints include putting his McCain ties to use in 2006 advising Greenberg Traurig, Jack Abramoff's former firm, as McCain served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, charged with investigating Abramoff. (Fox Business)

If nothing else, this ought to raise suspicion in McCain's motivations for backing up Georgia so bluntly.

But there is more ... and better yet:
The crisis puts a spotlight on Mr. Scheunemann, 48 years old, who has long been a leading neoconservative voice in the American foreign-policy debate. He played a prominent role advocating for toppling Saddam Hussein, serving in 2002 as executive director of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. At a key moment before the war, he helped to line up allies in "New Europe" -- notably former Soviet bloc states like Latvia -- to write a letter in support of the invasion.
That came as "Old Europe" American allies like France and Germany resisted.
Mr. Schueneman has made a career in lobbying for countries, including Georgia, that aspire to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Russia's objections to expansion of the Western military alliance are a factor in the current assault in the Caucasus. (Wall Street Journal)
Some adviser indeed!!!
PS: Any resemblance to a current administration is purely coincidental, of course!


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