Wednesday, August 13, 2008

While We Were Marching Through Georgia

I tend to take conspiracy theories with a grain of salt, but now that we're seeing a Georgia-provoked conflict with Russia, one would be wise to take pause. First, what made Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's current American-educated head of state, think he could invade pro-Russian (and Russian occupied) territories and get away with it? Did he a) gamble that the US and other backers would rush to his aid or b) receive some green light from Bush-Cheney-McCain? Who but a fool would deliberately provoke the Russian Bear into war on its primal border except for larger purposes?

Secondly, McCain is in fact another proponent of the right wing agenda, which embraces perpetual Orwellian war (i.e. who cares who we fight, as long as we do fight?). Yesterday, in York, Pennsylvania, after a phone conversation with Saakashvili, he boldly stated: 'Today, we are all Georgians.' (Mr. McCain, I am an American, not a Georgian, and frankly I do not unconditionally support Georgia, the right wing agenda, or Mikheil Saakashvili. Mr. McCain, you are not my friendo and you certainly do not speak for me.)

Consider also -- and please check this out freely and independently -- Randy Scheunemann is a key McCain foreign policy advisor. Not coincidentally, he has acted as a key lobbyist for Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgia. It doesn't take much more effort to connect the dots. But please see an excellent Associated Press article by Pete Yost that came out today entitled "McCain adviser got money from Georgia." Judge for yourselves.

Let me quote two telling sentences:

"Scheunemann's lobbying firm is one of three that he has operated since 1999, with clients including BP Amoco, defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. and the National Rifle Association.

Scheunemann is part of the community of neoconservatives who relentlessly pushed for war in Iraq."

Georgia graffiti (weirdly in English), 2008: "I bet you'll vote next time HIPPIE." Let's hope so.

Today's Rune: Wholeness.


the walking man said...

I personally agree that mcain does not, nor any of the bushista's, speak for me.

But, I don't think it is an invasion to move troops within the borders of a sovereign nation. The entire world looked upon the two provinces under dispute as being in the Georgian territory. It is the Russians which seized the opportunity to invade.

With that said, this is the same excuse Hitler used in the Pre-WWII invasion of Poland. That is to protect a large Ethnic German population within Poland's borders.

The intentions are even more apparent, today a day after this post, now that Russia has said that it will not return Georgia to it's previous borders. A move which puts NATO in reminder of the great Red Soviet.

An American born conspiracy, won't discount it, but I also won't buy into it because at present except in Georgia the US has no military might left to project or force anything. Even chimpy's advisers know this.

If this came after mcain won an election...then I may have to say yep it was planned this way.

Erik Donald France said...

Mark/WM, comments always appreciated.

I don't agree, rather see this as Russia challenging US monopoly of power effectively.

The elective war in Iraq pretty much makes a bad joke out of the Bush-Cheney-McCain chiding of the Russians. At this point, Russian moves make more rational sense than American ones.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Since McCain never had permission to use a Jackson Browne song for his campaign, maybe he should use "Georgia on my mind." I'm sure a song sung by a blind man would give us more insight into his shenanigans.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, I don't really see the US as pushing for this kind of thing. I figure mostly it's coming from the Russian side but I wouldn't absolve Georgia from playing some dumb cards.