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EDITORIAL: John McCain Talks Tough And Carries A Twig

A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt made the famous remark, “Speak Softly and carry a Big Stick.” John McCain continually refers to his hero as being Theodore Roosevelt but he invariably winds up talking tough and carrying a twig to enforce it. In virtually, every issue over the past decade, the Arizona senator, has responded with loud mouthed belligerent comments and threats to back up his words with troops. He supported the war in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and now shouts, “we are all Georgians.” If McCain was in the office of the president, no doubt he would send in the troops to halt Russian action. Of course, the problem is which troops? American military forces are stretched to the utter limit and there are none around to confront a major crisis but to McCain,he is willing to back up his words with non-existant military forces.

America has learned who the real John McCain is over the past few weeks. He is a belligerent, ignorant man who lacks a sophisticated concept of foreign policy. In the 1962 Cuba missile crisis, President Kennedy did make strong public statements, but he also worked quietly to negotiate a compromise with Soviet leaders that entailed removal of Russian troops from Cuba while American missile sites in Turkey were dismantled. John McCain supports the misguided Bush decision to construct missile bases in Poland because the senator has no understanding of Russian concerns or anxieties. A wise diplomat always examines foreign policy issues through the lens of his opponent.

John McCain constantly tells America he has more foreign policy experience than Barack Obama. Yes, he does, but his is the experience of failure. He rushed to support Bush on the invasion of Iraq although US military leaders wanted double the number of troops in that enterprise. McCain was enthusiastic about the work of Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld and only criticized the man AFTER he left office. John McCain never understood the Teddy Roosevelt comment, if you want to engage in military ventures, be certain you have the troops to do it.

The McCain dilemma is he wants America fighting all over the world and will not support a military draft which is the only way to ensure such an approach to foreign policy might work. The bottom line is that in the modern world, military force alone will fail, it requires intelligent economic and political action, two factors that lie beyond the intellectual thinking of John McCain.

McCain Says No To War In Georgia

Senator John McCain has spent the opening months of the race denouncing Barack Obama, his Democratic opponent, for fearing to stand up against aggression. But, he apparently has changed his mind about confronting Russia in the shooting war in Georgia and made clear if he was present no American troops would be sent to intervene in the war raging between Georgia and Russia. Unfortunately, for McCain, his chief foreign policy adviser has been consulting for the government of Georgia which once again has raised ethical issues pertaining to advisers to the Republican candidate.

“I don’t think we are going to re-ignite the Cold War,” McCain told reporters. Both Obama and McCain are supporting Bush’s decision to send humanitarian aid with the assistance of the American military. However, McCain urged the expulsion of Russia from the Group of Eight which is composed of leading economic powers. Exactly, how expelling Russia furthers the cause of peace has yet to be explained by the senator from Arizona.

The difficulty in grasping how John McCain would function as president is his well-known capacity for changing his mind if he becomes emotionally involved in an issue. Will he always say NO TO WAR is the question.

Voices From Russia About Georgia War

Those in the Western world are receiving information about the war between Russia and Georgia that essentially is one sided. We deplore Russian actions in Georgia which were excessive, but understand the reasoning behind their actions. We offer views of several
Russians as reported in the St. Petersburg Times;

The following views were given to Irina Titova:

Lyudmila Shkrylyova, 19, journalist student:

“As a person from a military family, I’m absolutely against the war and I want th war to be over as soon as possible. However, I think Russia was ight to send its troops to help South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers in the region to deal with Georgian aggression. It was done legally…As for the Georgian attack on South Ossetia, I think it was a very well-planned provocation and and as a journalism student, I’m very disapponted by the misinformation in the western media about the conflict.. The experts say that such misinformation is in the interest of thee Republican candidate for the American presidency(John McCain). therefore, they (Western media) support (Georgia) in all possible ways.”

Irina Arsenteyeva, Manager

“I think it’s very hard to know objectively what is happening in South Ossetia in order to be 100% sure about it, one probably has to go there. On thee whole it was Georgia who attacked first, but honestly I don’t know the reasons why. I think George was wrong. At the same time, I can entertain the thought that the Russian side could also be doing something not correctly enough… As for Russia sending its troops to South Ossetia, i think Russia just didn’t have any other choice, in both military and diplomatic terms. As for the way the Western mass media covers the conflict, it is the usual story, as the Western media usually covers the events in Russia not objectively but from one point of view. That is because a strong Russia is not in the interests of the West.”

Nikolai Voznyuk, 67, pensioner

“It’s very sad what’s happening in South Ossetia. I’m very sorry for South Ossetia’s people. Russia was right to send its troops to South Ossetia because it needed to defend the peacekeepers and civilians who are mainly Russian citizens. As for the Western media coverage of the conflict, it’s part of the information war, and a apart of the attack on Russia. The conflict is in the interests not only of Georgia but also of the United States who wants to surround Russia with radars, dictate its policy and want to have a unipolar world.”

It is interesting that Russian people are picking up the Russian government concerns about building by the United States of missile bases on its border.