McCain on the situation in Georgia

This is important stuff. We’ll cover it more next week. In the meantime – be grateful for America’s sovereignty. Even if it means a ridiculous political mudwrestling match every four years.

From the McCain campaign:

ARLINGTON, VA — Today, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement regarding the current conflict between Georgia and Russia:

“For many years, I have warned against Russian actions that undermine the sovereignty of its neighbors. Unfortunately, we have seen in recent days Russia demonstrate that these concerns were well-founded.

“This afternoon I spoke, for the second time since the crisis began, with Georgian President Saakashvili. It is clear the situation is dire. Russian aggression against Georgia continues, with attacks occurring far beyond the Georgian region of South Ossetia. As casualties continue to mount, the international community must do all it can to avert further escalations. Tensions and hostilities between Georgians and Ossetians are in no way justification for Russian troops crossing an internationally recognized border. I again call on the Government of Russia to immediately and unconditionally withdraw its forces from the territory of Georgia.

“Given this threat to Euro-Atlantic security, I am pleased to see the United States, the European Union, and NATO acting together by sending a delegation to the region, in an effort to broker a cease fire. This is an important first step.

“The United Nations has been prevented from taking any meaningful action by Russian objections. In view of this, I welcome the statements of democratic nations defending the sovereignty of Georgia and condemning Russian actions.

“I strongly support the declaration issued by the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and their commitment that ‘aggression against a small country in Europe will not be passed over in silence or with meaningless statements equating the victims with the victimizers.’ I share their regret that NATO’s decision to withhold from Georgia a Membership Action Plan may have been viewed as a green light for aggression in the region. As they propose, a new international peacekeeping force should be created, in light of — as they observe — the ‘obvious bankruptcy of Russian “peacekeeping operations” in its immediate neighborhood.’ In addition, Finnish Foreign Minister Stubb, the Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, has said there can be no return to the status quo in South Ossetia and that Russia cannot serve as a mediator in the South Ossetian conflict. Each of these leade rs represents a country that has undergone what Georgia is now experiencing.

“I am pleased the U.S. has agreed to facilitate the transfer of Georgian troops serving bravely in Iraq, who are now unfortunately needed to defend their own country.”

Comments

  1. While Russia is taking over part of Georgia, Bush the dope is in China making nice with Putin. Is this guy braindead or what? We really do need a new president! He goes to China and then criticizes them. Which is it? Is he for them or against them?
    We are so concerned about whether we should learn Spanish, when in reality it’s Chinese that we should be learning…as in “please may I have another crust of bread and glass of water?”

  2. Grant, sometimes you aggravate the heck out of me. But, sometimes you nail it, like you did here.

    I am so very conflicted about celebrating China in these Olympics. I know the athletes deserve to compete. I don’t know that we have to make happy with everyone that shows up.

    We will lose to China in my lifetime. That’s pretty hard to accept. Even worse, we’ve placed the road brick by brick guiding them to superiority.

  3. Cindy, you have no doubt noticed that I am doing much less commenting in order to attempt to be more constructive. I only comment on things that I think are worth stating, and I’m trying to be more thought provoking and less argumentative. It’s hard but I’m trying to remember that the ones who have an opinion that is vastly different from mine is still theirs and they are entitled to it even if….oops!

  4. I have. But like I said, you nailed this one!

  5. Grant is right. Russia is reasserting it’s empire by invading a European nation (on a preposterous pretense), and our President is socializing with the power behind the throne. At least Dick Cheney had the sense to make an appropriately strong statement.

  6. Ok, I’ll concede that Bush isn’t a “dope,” Dan. But it’s clear he’s in neutral as you see him at the games.

    I don’t think neutral is a good idea. While the athletes have trained to participate, the President still has a job to do. Sitting in the stands for all of the fun stuff may not send the right message.

  7. Dan, when a world leader makes a visit to any other country, he is giving them credibility in the eyes of the world. Without saying a word, that country is elevated in the world’s opinion when the President of the U.S. makes a visit. That’s simply how it works. Most of the conservative talking heads have opined that he shouldn’t have gone. He should have given Putin the “cold shoulder” and turned his back on him. That would have made Putin look small in the eyes of the world.