Liberalscum Buster

August 15, 2008

Is McCain Willing To Start a World War to Prove How Tough He Is?

Filed under: BARACK OBAMA, Bush, hillary clinton, John McCain, mideast, news, politics, war — gasdocpol @ 3:16 pm

Posted on Wed, 08/13/2008 – 13:06 — by shays
This message is linked to and replicated in the Nation and World forum.

Is Georgia escalating to another of those August crises akin to the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand? And is it necessary. Who is bending the events to fit their own agenda? Is it possible that John McCain, through his foreign policy advisor with a quite obvious conflict of interest up his sleeve, has provided assurances to the government of President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia (himself accused of being a somewhat authoritarian leader, and which the media has lost sight of in reporting the Russian invasion of poor little Georgia) that it was okay to invade South Ossetia and that the U.S. would back him? Could he be using such assurances in order to generate a campaign issue about which he could show his toughness?

It seems quite obvious that the Bush Administration has been caught flat-footed by the Russian action (which the Russians claim was provoked by an invasion of South Ossetia by Georgian forces … and which increasingly seems to be true). And yet, tiny Georgia seems convinced that it can thumb its nose at Russia and confront it with military force. Is it because it thinks it is going to be able to influence the U.S. elections and get support in exchange?


August 13, 2008

“Georgian President to McCain: Move ‘from words to deeds’

Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili on Wednesday called for John McCain and other American leaders to do more for Georgia in their response to the conflict in his country.

“Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain know, very cheering say, ‘We are all Georgians now,’” Saakashvili said on CNN’s American Morning. “Well, very nice, you for us to hear that, but OK, it’s time to pass from this. From words to deeds.”

McCain’s foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann told reporters on the campaign plane Tuesday that McCain’s remark “obviously meant a lot to Saakashvili personally, but more importantly the message it conveyed to the Georgian people in this really, time of unprecedented national emergency.” Scheunemann said McCain and Saakashvili are friends who have speaking daily throughout the crisis.

Randy Scheunemann is John McCain’s foreign policy advisor. He has served, in the past, as the Director of the Project for the New American Century and as Head of the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. He is the founder and president of the public relations firm Orion Strategies. His firms have represented various military contractors and oil interests — among them, Harry Sargeant III, co-owner of International Oil Trading Co, who is (1) under Congressional investigation for overcharging the Pentagon for delivery of jet fuel to military bases in Iraq, (2) under investigation for collusion and questionable practices in Jordan to obtain authorization to ship fuel across Jordan to Iraq, and (3) is under investigation for questionable and possibly illegal campaign contributions to the McCain campaign (it seems he is one of the 63 bundlers who have EACH contributed $500,000 to McCain) – as well as compatriots from PNAC Robert Kagan and William Kristol.

As Director of PNAC in 1998, Scheunemann helped draft the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act, which made the toppling of the Saddam Hussein regime an official US policy goal. It also authorized $98 million support to the Iraqi National Congress – a coalition of Iraqi dissidents living in the US, led by Ahmad Chalabi. Chalabi is the source of much of the false intelligence cited by the Bush administration to justify the invasion of Iraq. He was the first choice to serve as head of the coalition government.

More relevantly, Scheunemann is a “registered foreign agent” and lobbyist for a number of foreign governments, including Georgia. Over the years, he has introduced the foreign ministers of Georgia, Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia to John McCain (a member of CLI) as they tried to win admission into NATO, and a representative of Taiwan as it lobbied for free trade agreements similar to the favored status given to China. Mr. McCain also traveled with Mr Scheunemann to Latvia (2001) and Georgia (2006) – a trip that McCain frequently referred to in his speeches of yesterday and today. According to the NY Times: A new McCain policy prevents campaign workers to be paid for lobbying work, but volunteers need only disclose it. However, “they are not allowed to participate in any campaign conversations about the issues for which they lobby, which would seem to pose a conflict for someone like Mr. Scheunemann. His work as a foreign agent could overlap on any number of issues with his foreign policy advice.” (New York Times, May 20, 2008, “McCain Finds a Thorny Path in Ethics Effort”).

In 2005, Scheunemann’s lobbying firm of Scheunemann & Associates represented the Caspian Alliance, a consortium of oil- and gas-producing nations in the Caspian region. According to the Financial Times, while serving as an advisor to the Georgian government in 2006 (and a lobbyist, at the same time), Scheunemann was critical of the Bush administration during its consultations with Russia in the UN Security Council regarding security issues in Georgia. He accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of “appeasement” for supporting a Russian demand for a UN resolution regarding the Russia-supported break-away Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in exchange for Russia’s support for sanctions against North Korea. (Financial Times, October 21, 2006, “Georgia Feels at the Mercy of Big Powers’ Maneuvers”).


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