The clash between Russia and Georgia is the conflict of two thuggish, authoritarian governments. The American media seems to usually forget that it was Georgia that launched the attack.
The conflict is highlighting the lunacy of McCain’s warmongering instincts. Mr. McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, was until recently a lobbyist for the government of Georgia. Scheunemann was previously a key tool for Chalabi and the selling of the lies upon which the Iraq war was based. Perhaps that was his highest recommendation to McCain.
McCain has been yammering for years about how Georgia should be allowed to join NATO (which G W Bush also championed). If Georgia was a NATO member, then the United States would be obliged to defend the militant nation – probably regardless of whether Georgia initiated a war with Russia. But McCain seems to feel that war is therapeutic for the nation – or at least that it works out well for former POWs trumpeting themselves to be great leaders.
Brendan O’Neil has an excellent analysis here exposing the charade of the mainstream media’s narrative of this war.
It is tragic that so many innocent people have already perished in this conflict. I hope we can speedily find out the truth of the role of the Bush administration or others in encouraging or enabling the Georgian government to launch the initial attack.