After forty years of avoiding the truth on every issue, policy or incident under the sun there’s little reason to hope that the Right should stop spinning now. The Politico reports that McCain and supporters are touting Johnny’s “prescience”. Lawyers Guns and Money points out that McCain has been clear as fog on policy toward Russia.
Let’s recall that if things had gone as McCain preferred, the United States would have somehow expelled the Russians from the G-8, forced NATO to rapidly absorb Georgia and the Ukraine, unleashed the fookin’ fury on Iran, and pursued any any number of other needlessly provocative (and delusional) goals. (On the other hand, things certainly did go McCain’s way in the run-up to the Iraq War, which was in itself has been an absolute crackerjack for US-Russian relations. In the very least, the Russians seem to have developed an appreciation for the virtues of regime change
Bill Chicken-Hawk Kristol of the National Review and New York Times is calling for the U.S. to go to war against Russia, Let’s bring back the band
But Georgia, a nation of about 4.6 million, has had the third-largest military presence — about 2,000 troops — fighting along with U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq. For this reason alone, we owe Georgia a serious effort to defend its sovereignty. Surely we cannot simply stand by as an autocratic aggressor gobbles up part of — and perhaps destabilizes all of — a friendly democratic nation that we were sponsoring for NATO membership a few months ago.
Yes, by all means another war front for Bill to watch on his big screen TV while sipping French champagne at the mansion. McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann who was a lobbyist for multiple countries – had a financial stake in supporting them regardless of whether the positions were right or wrong – trying to gain entrance into NATO including Georgia adds an unseemly angle to McCain’s chest thumbing, compared to Bush who has asked that both sides take the conflict down a notch and seek a diplomatic solution. McCain, if the press does their job shouldn’t come out of this looking like an angel. Yet another of his former lobbyist advisers Rick Davis. Davis introduced McCain to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska in Switzerland during an international economic conference. Deripaska is close friends with Putin.
When Deripaska met McCain, Davis was part of Davis Manafort, a lobbying firm that was being paid to provide political advice to pro-Russian and oligarch-funded candidates in Ukraine, according to interviews and news accounts. At the same time, McCain was publicly supporting those candidates’ Western-oriented democratic rivals.
If you’re pro Russia anti democracy or pro Georgia doesn’t matter, McCain will be glad to set aside those small quibbles to put you on staff. Its not known that McCain ever did anything for Deripaska, but once again when McCain isn’t in the middle of his own flip flops he is one lobbyist-adviser away from one.
Gareth Porter adds some more information on Ron Suskind’s assertion Saddam Hussein’s head of intelligence told the British that Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction. How Tenet Betrayed the CIA on WMD in Iraq
The disappearance of all that credible evidence reflected a deliberate decision by Tenet. The White House Iraq Group had just rolled out its new campaign to create a political climate supporting war in early September, and Tenet knew what was expected of him. As an analyst who worked on the NIE told Bob Drogin of the Los Angeles Times, ‘The going-in assumption was that we were going to war, so this NIE was to be written with that in mind.’ That means Tenet’s account of the CIA’s role in the WMD issue in his 2007 memoirs completely ignored the credible evidence from Habbush, Sabri and the former Iraqi specialists that there was no active program, as well as his own role in suppressing it.
Tenet’s claim that Suskind is wrong seem pretty dubious when you add up all the disinformation that Tenet had a personal hand in manipulating, and in such a way that it fit the Bushies spin on Saddam’s WMD capabilities.
Little John thinks he’s a average working man? McCain To Hold Fundraiser With Ex-Abramoff Business Partner Ralph Reed
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that McCain is set to hold a fundraiser next week with none other than Ralph Reed, the Christian right leader and former Abramoff business partner whose 2006 bid for lieutenant governor of Georgia was derailed by the publication of numerous e-mails describing how Reed could launder money from Indian tribes to make it appear as if he wasn’t actually working for pro-gambling interests.