Addressing fellow Americans in Pennsylvania, John
McCain, presumptive Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States,
he had spoken by telephone earlier that day with President Mikheil Saakashvili,
of Georgia, then still a member – along with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikstan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation
– of the Commonwealth
of Independent States.
"I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, today,
we are all Georgians."
Georgia promptly "quit" the CIS; the Russians say they were fired.
You may wonder how McCain
can possibly think he speaks for you and yours.
Well, he says that two
years ago he traveled to South Ossetia (the part of Ossetia that is now
in Georgia, just South of North Ossetia, the part of Ossetia that is now in
Russia) and "saw an enormous billboard that read 'Vladimir Putin, Our President.'"
That made him furious and he just knew it would make you furious, too.
Would it have?
South Ossetia had long ago been declared a semi-autonomous region, administratively
controlled by Russian 'peacekeepers.' Furthermore, most of its inhabitants had
been offered citizenship in the neighboring Russian Federation, many even issued
But of course, McCain already knew all that. Randall Scheunemann, now McCain's
top foreign policy adviser – and until March 2008 a registered lobbyist for
the Republic of Georgia – accompanied McCain on that 2006 trip.
Furthermore, according to Salon.com's Mark
Benjamin, as a result of intense lobbying by Scheunemann, in 2006 McCain
co-sponsored legislation endorsing an expansion of NATO to include not only
Georgia, but Albania, Croatia and Macedonia, as well. Scheunemann had previously
successfully lobbied for NATO membership for Latvia and Romania.
Now, it's obvious why Scheunemann wanted NATO membership for Latvia, Romania,
Albania, Croatia, Macedonia and Georgia; they were paying him millions of dollars
to achieve it.
But why did McCain want NATO membership for these countries, especially
Georgia, a CIS member, having within it two provinces originally given
cultural and administrative autonomy by Stalin, a Georgian, each bordering on
Russia, each containing majorities to whom Russian citizenship has now been
extended, and to whom Russia continues to provide cultural and administrative
Well, as McCain, himself, explains it, he intends – if elected President –
to move forward "at
the right time" with the application for membership in NATO
"As you know, through NATO membership, that if a member nation is attacked,
it is viewed as an attack on all [members]. We don't have, I think, right now,
the ability to intervene in any way except in a humanitarian, economic way,
and do what we can to help the Georgians."
Apparently McCain has read Pat Buchanan's latest book, Churchill,
Hitler and the Unnecessary War.
Buchanan convincingly argues that the Brit guarantee to come to Poland's aid,
in the event the Danzig Corridor crisis of 1939 could not be settled diplomatically
– which could have merely involved the agreement by Poland to establish
the Danzig Corridor, heavily populated by Germans, as a culturally and administratively
autonomous region – was absolute madness.
Furthermore, many of the Brits in and out of His Majesty's Government at the
time knew it was madness.
Why is Buchanan's documentation of the madness of the Brits – offering gratuitous
guarantees to Poland they could not honor – important today to you and yours?
Because, first Clinton-Gore, and now Bush-Cheney, have already made similar
guarantees to Poland as well as to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic,
Hungary, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia.
Worse, McCain, potentially the next President, is hell-bent on making those
guarantees to Georgia and Ukraine!
But, fortunately for us and the rest of the world, McCain says he doesn't think
it's yet the "right time" for Georgia to become a NATO member.
You see, McCain doesn't think that we're ready, "right now", to intervene,
militarily, in Georgia, as he believes the NATO Charter would have required
us to do had Georgia been a NATO member.
Evidently, McCain doesn't want to give Georgia or Ukraine guarantees until
he feels he's in a position to honor them.
So, what can we expect McCain to do in his first term – other than to "bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb
Iran" and its Russian-built nuclear power plant from permanent bases in
Well, first of all, kick Russia out of the G-8.
Then re-institute the draft and vastly increase the size of our conventional
ground forces and that of our NATO allies.
Finally, make Georgia and Ukraine members of NATO and wait for Russia to make
some move – such as raising the price of natural gas to Ukraine – that McCain
can use as an excuse to "bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb" Da Bear.
President Bush has been aggressively pushing for Georgia and Ukraine to be
allowed to take the first step towards becoming bona-fide NATO members. And
in the view of the neo-crazies in Washington – in and out of government – the
refusal thus far by France, Germany and others to initiate the NATO membership
process "might have been viewed as a green light by Russia for its attacks
But according to Time
magazine, many NATO members draw the opposite conclusion. Their view is that
the aggressive pushing by Bush-Cheney to grant Georgia NATO membership emboldened
Saskashvili to launch his "reckless attack" on South Ossetia.
That's what Time said; "reckless attack"!
Another thing: NATO's force of 70,000 troops is barely managing to "tread
water" in Afghanistan, battling the same tribesmen who fought to a standstill
a Soviet force three or four times as large.
Then, of course, there's the price – even availability – of heating oil, natural
gas and gasoline, which Russia is in such a unique position to influence, especially
That won't be much of a consideration for President McCain, but you "nation
of whiners" might think about it, more than somewhat, before November.
As for that billboard in South Ossetia that upset McCain so much; it probably
now reads "Vladimir Putin; Our Saviour."