BY TAYLOR MARSH
If you liked the last seven years, you’ll love a McCain presidency,
especially where foreign policy is concerned.
The Georgian people have suffered before, and they suffer today. We must
help them through this tragedy, and they should know that the thoughts, prayers
and support of the American people are with them. This small democracy, far
away from our shores, is an inspiration to all those who cherish our deepest
ideals. As I told President Saakashvili on the day the cease-fire was declared,
today we are all Georgians. We mustn’t forget it.
Are All Georgians, by John McCain
Obviously, team McCain thinks they’ve struck on a strong soundbite. Instead,
what they’ve done is confirm Pat Buchanan’s warning.
This is exactly what’s wrong with U.S. foreign policy wrapped up in one single
sentence. Our interests are absolutely not the same as the Georgians. By walking
into Saakashvili’s trap, McCain has not only been played, but he’s also arrogantly implied that the America’s interests are tied to Georgia. Playing president without the people’s vote is hubris at its most alarming level.
Joe Biden has it exactly correct. Russia has a lot to lose here, but instead, John
McCain is putting the emphasis on America’s solidarity with Georgia, ignoring
the implications of such a hinted promise that extends beyond humanitarian
aid, with some rearmament already hinted. The focus, again, must be on Russia and the repercussions financially,
as in WTO, as well as the legitimate questions about Russia’s actions, which
must be addressed through helping strengthen the EU’s legitimacy, regardless
of their weaknesses, which is why Dr. Rice made a perfunctory visit to Sarkozy
America cannot continue being the world’s policeman without collapsing in financial ruin. McCain’s no genius on economics, but his basic ignorance of our current challenges is frightening.
John McCain is playing politics nakedly and openly with this statement about
“we are all Georgians.” It has the dangerous possibility of offering
a tacit guarantee for something other than what the U.S. can deliver. Dangerous games McCain
is playing, all for political gain. It’s anything but statesmanship.