They wouldn't do that to help McCain ... would they?

The beauty of conspiracy theories like this one is that on a case-by-case basis they may even be correct. In this particular case, that's entirely within the realm of possibility.

Now a small town old rural fart like me had problems from the git go with the whole Georgia/Russia story. Especially when Bush was talking like Kennedy-of-October-62 when America of 2008 is acutely aware of a weakened military.

I've looked it up, googled the heck out of things and there's something rotten in Georgia and at McBush HQ.

Don't know what it is but I don't trust them.

Watching America: US Hawks as Warmongers


By Robert Misik

Translated By Ron Argentati

13 September 2008


Germany - TAZ - Original Article (German)

Did the Bush administration hawks push Georgia's President into an armed confrontation with Russia? Up until now it's only been a theory but a few indications point in that direction.

The world is full of conspiracy theories, one more outlandish than the other. A certain kind of informal "medium" accompanies the conspiracy theory. It's usually presented as a sort of secret truth that's being suppressed by official sources. In the past it often took the form of photocopied or mimeographed flyers.

The latest conspiracy theory has been making the rounds for a couple of weeks and has already attracted a few prominent supporters. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he suspects someone in the United States of having provoked the war in Georgia in order to "give one of the American presidential candidates a campaign advantage."

Could the Georgian war be an intricate scheme to help present John McCain as a battle-hardened commander-in-chief in waiting? Sounds reckless, but the theory is gaining momentum because the Internet is now an alternative and simultaneously a mainstream medium.

The beauty of conspiracy theories like this one is that on a case-by-case basis they may even be correct. In this particular case, that's entirely within the realm of possibility.

Here are the facts: Georgia's President Michael Saakashvili, despite his protests that he is an innocent victim, made a surprise attack against the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia where Russian troops were already stationed.

Certainly, Russia had used imperialistic pressure and provoked Georgia. But ever since the 1992 ceasefire agreement and the stationing of peacekeepers in the disputed province, Russia has been an official observer by mandate from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSZE).

An attack against these troops such as was ordered by Saakashvili was and is, regardless of the context, prohibited by international law. That starting point begs the question of what would posses the leader of a small, militarily hopeless country to attack the military forces of a heavily armed super power?

Two answers are possible: He is either an idiot or he feels confident of help from another super power.

Saakashvili studied at Columbia University and has maintained good contacts in the United States. Among his closest allies in Washington are neo-conservative foreign policy people, close associates of Vice-President Dick Cheney, who now play major roles in John McCain's presidential campaign.

One of Cheney's most experienced advisors, Joseph R. Wood, had visited Georgia shortly before the Georgian army attacked.

Even the German newsmagazine "der Spiegel" suspected that Cheney had "meddled in Georgia as a favor to the Republican candidate for President."

One of the shadiest figures in the drama is Washington lobbyist Randy Scheunemann, foreign policy expert and member of John McCain's closest advisory team. Previously, he and his lobbying firm officially represented Georgia and had lobbied the State Department and Senators - including his future boss, John McCain - 49 times on behalf of his friend Saakashvili to promote Georgia's acceptance into NATO.

Scheunemann received nearly one million dollars for his efforts. He stopped working on behalf of Georgia when he became an official member of McCain's election team, but the last installment of the million was given to him just a few weeks ago.

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