R Stands for Free Pass – Georgia and the Neocon Mind

All life is politics and when you’re a Republican life is also magic. Republicans, the party of toe tapping Senator Larry Graig (R-Idaho), teen stalker Congressman Mark Foley(R-Fl) and general all-around dirtbag former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighed in on John Edwards like a pack of starving jackals. If puritanical hypocrisy is one of their favorite games then how has maverick McBush escaped the Right’s bone picking, P.O.W. to Power Broker, A Chapter Most Telling

He had always dreamed of doing something great, of imprinting his name on the history books, but at age 42 he found himself with a stuttering military career and no base from which to go into politics.

On top of that, his personal life was a mess: Although he was still living with his wife, he was aggressively courting a 25-year-old woman who was as beautiful as she was rich.

[  ]…For a candidate running on character and biography, it is also an awkward time to remember: Mr. McCain abandoned his wife, who had reared their three children while he was in Vietnamese prisons, and he then began his political career with the resources of his new wife’s family.

Yet although Mr. McCain’s children and some friends were angry and disappointed with him at the time, they rally around him today.

Its amazing what that capital R after your name can get you. Add to that McCain’s suffering as a POW and people, perhaps predictably are slower to pass harsh judgment. A perfect storm for Johnny. McCain, his personal life, and statements ‘that conflict with the public record’

Yes, McCain committed adultery — and then was far from truthful about it.

McCain did not sue his wife for divorce until Feb. 19, 1980, and he wrote in his court petition that he and his wife had “cohabited” until Jan. 7 of that year — or for the first nine months of his relationship with Hensley.

Although McCain suggested in his autobiography that months passed between his divorce and remarriage, the divorce was granted April 2, 1980, and he wed Hensley in a private ceremony five weeks later. McCain obtained an Arizona marriage license on March 6, 1980, while still legally married to his first wife.

Does it matter. According to a CBS poll done in December of 2007 a third of voters said they would not vote for a candidate that has been unfaithful. The issue also puts a spotlight on McCain’s “straight talk”.

Hell may have frozen over. The Wall Street Journal manages some faint praise for Senator Obama, Barack and the Buck

This ought to be a bigger story. In linking the dollar to oil prices, Mr. Obama is pointedly at odds with the Bush Administration and Federal Reserve, both of which blame high commodity prices on supply and demand, despite falling demand due to slower global growth.

That last bit is stretching things a bit and dragging the Senator along for the ride. Demand isn’t down solely due to “slower global growth”. Actually that assertion is so wrong its silly. Demand is down especially in the U.S. and western Europe because prices are so high. In July, a traditionally a month when Americans do a lot of car travel, travel by car was down 3.2% from last year. Good thing too, because that dropped in demand somewhat leveled off prices. Still for the WSJ to all but call Bush a liar and state that McCain needs to get up to speed on monetary policy is remarkable.

Georgia on My Mind

The Georgian leadership, and indeed a whole generation of Georgians, tethered their hopes to George W. Bush and the hollow promises of his administration. Now at the moment of truth, Bush will almost certainly let them down. He has overextended America’s military presence around the world, whittling down America’s uniformed professional military just as he has undertaken two simultaneous wars. The Pentagon is telling Bush that he has stretched the nation’s fighting force perilously close to the breaking point. A conflict involving a major military power, like Russia, is beyond the realm of contemplation. Vice President Cheney, whose bellicose rhetoric has done much to provoke the problems now bubbling in the Caucasus, says that the Russian acts of aggression in Georgia “must not go unanswered.” But thanks to the serial strategic misadventures that make up Bush-Cheney foreign policy, there is little prospect of Russia’s actions being answered by a flex of military muscle of the United States or of NATO. Putin’s calculation is that an America bogged down in two conflicts in the Middle East will let him give the Georgians a whipping. Putin is probably right.

Talk is cheap especially crazy talk like that coming from Cheney and McCain. Who put the U.S. in this position. While there are the real world considerations of a thinly spread military there was also the psychological aspect. Putin looks at all the pieces on the board and all the possible moves and thanks to the neocons including Mccain, Putin gets his check-mate. If Bush and the neocon zealots had focused on Afghanistan rather then rushing into Iraq we’d be holding a stronger hand. Then imagine if Georgia had been admitted to NATO with the U.S. fighting on two fronts how humiliating that would have been, not to come to a new member’s aid. U.S. knew Georgia trouble was coming, but couldn’t stop it

Bush administration officials, worried by what they saw as a series of provocative Russian actions, repeatedly warned Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to avoid giving the Kremlin an excuse to intervene in his country militarily, U.S. officials said Monday.

Some experts, however, wondered whether the administration might have inadvertently sent Saakashvili mixed messages that would have led him to believe he could count on U.S. support if he got into trouble.

Bush lavished praise on the U.S.-educated Georgian leader as a “beacon of democracy.” He gave military training and equipment to Georgia, which supplied the third-largest contingent to the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq, and had promised NATO membership, they said. He visited the country in 2005 and addressed a huge crowd from the same podium as Saakashvili.

“The Russians have clearly overreacted but President Saakashvili . . . for some reason seems to think he has a hall pass from this administration,” said former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

U.S. officials had been warning of Russian actions designed to provoke Georgia for months.

I’m a little shocked at this post from Liberal Oasis where supposedly liberals are taking some kind of rhetorical beating. Bush is mumbling his way through. McCain and Cheney think Georgia is worth WW III and liberals are losing the rhetorical high ground? Sounds more like something I’d read at The Onion. Georgia has pushed and prodded before. If they gambled that now was a great time to mess with the staus quo that’s a comment about Georgia’s leadership and how BushCo managed expectations, not about Democrats and tasty sound bites. Remember that Bush is THE DECIDER GUY on foreign policy and McCain feels the same way. All liberals have to do is point to the wasteland that is neoconservative policy. They screwed over Georgia. Bush on Russia and Putin, Press Conference by President Bush and Russian Federation President Putin

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet President Putin in person for the first time. I am convinced that he and I can build a relationship of mutual respect and candor. And I’m convinced that it’s important for the world that we do so.

Putin is really showing the cowboy from Connecticut some respect. I’ll twist Fred Kaplan’s words just a bit, the Georgians didn’t know Bush like we know Bush, The Limits of Bluster

It’s heartbreaking, but even more infuriating, to read so many Georgians quoted in the New York Times—officials, soldiers, and citizens—wondering when the United States is coming to their rescue. It’s infuriating because it’s clear that Bush did everything to encourage them to believe that he would. When Bush (properly) pushed for Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, Putin warned that he would do the same for pro-Russian secessionists elsewhere, by which he could only have meant Georgia’s separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

As Matthew notes, if Iraq wasn’t the neocons hitting the wall on getting their way through “bluff-and-bluster” then Georgia certainly is. We not likely to see any humility in the next few days, McCain and surrogates will surely give many a red faced angry fist shake at Russia, all symbolizing their utter impotence and the impoverished world view that got us to this point.

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The entire state of Hawaii, the hospital where Senator Obama was born, Harvard University, the state of Illinois and a dozen other official entities conspired about 46 years ago to create a fictional birth certificate and life story for Senator Obama – More Fun With the Dumbest People on the Internet. Before Obama ran for president these same people could be found at Flat Earth Society Meetings wearing their “I was kidnapped by an alien” t-shirts.