Georgia War Is A Neocon Election Ploy


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I began to suspect that something was up when some of this summer's big budget Hollywood blockbusters had replaced the traditional swarthy middle-eastern bad guys with Russian bogeymen. With Russian antagonist Brzezinski in Obama's corner and zio-con Scheunemann, friend and handler of Saakashvili, in McCain's, it will be a tough talk to Russia filled campaign.

I am already getting silly emails from the states, from people who have robot-like succumbed to the propaganda and are piling back on the old cold war train.

Georgia War Is A Neocon Election Ploy
San Francisco Chronicle

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Is it possible that this time the October surprise was tried in August, and that the garbage issue of brave little Georgia struggling for its survival from the grasp of the Russian bear was stoked to influence the U.S. presidential election?

Before you dismiss that possibility, consider the role of one Randy Scheunemann, for four years a paid lobbyist for the Georgian government, ending his official lobbying connection only in March, months after he became Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's senior foreign policy adviser.

Previously, Scheunemann was best known as one of the neoconservatives who engineered the war in Iraq when he was a director of the Project for a New American Century. It was Scheunemann who, after working on the McCain 2000 presidential campaign, headed the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which championed the U.S. Iraq invasion.

There are telltale signs that he played a similar role in the recent Georgia flare-up. How else to explain the folly of his close friend and former employer, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, in ordering an invasion of the breakaway region of South Ossetia, which clearly was expected to produce a Russian counter-reaction. It is inconceivable that Saakashvili would have triggered this dangerous escalation without some assurance from influential Americans he trusted, like Scheunemann, that the United States would have his back. Scheunemann long guided McCain in these matters, even before he was officially running foreign policy for McCain's presidential campaign.

In 2005, while registered as a paid lobbyist for Georgia, Scheunemann worked with McCain to draft a congressional resolution pushing for Georgia's membership in NATO. A year later, while still on the Georgian payroll, Scheunemann accompanied McCain on a trip to that country, where they met with Saakashvili and supported his bellicose views toward Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Scheunemann is at the center of the neoconservative cabal that has come to dominate the Republican candidate's foreign policy stance in a replay of the run-up to the war against Iraq. These folks are always looking for a foreign enemy on which to base a new Cold War, and with the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, it was Putin's Russia that came increasingly to fit the bill.

Yes, it sounds diabolical, but that may be the most accurate way to assess the designs of the McCain campaign in matters of war and peace. There is every indication that the candidate's demonization of Putin is an even grander plan than the previous use of Hussein to fuel American militarism with the fearsome enemy that it desperately needs.

McCain gets to look tough with a new Cold War to fight while Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, scrambling to make sense of a more measured foreign policy posture, will seem weak in comparison. Meanwhile, the dire consequences of the Bush legacy McCain has inherited, from the disaster of Iraq to the economic meltdown, conveniently will be ignored. But it will provide the military-industrial complex, which has helped bankroll the neoconservatives, with an excuse for ramping up a military budget that is already bigger than that of the rest of the world combined.

What is at work here is a neoconservative, self-fulfilling prophecy in which Russia is turned into an enemy that ramps up its largely reduced military, and Putin is cast as the new Joseph Stalin bogeyman, evoking images of the old Soviet Union. McCain has condemned a "revanchist Russia" that should once again be contained. Although Putin has been the enormously popular elected leader of post-Communist Russia, it is assumed that imperialism is always lurking, not only in his DNA but in that of the Russian people.

How convenient to forget that Stalin was a Georgian, and indeed if Russian troops had occupied the threatened Georgian town of Gori, they would have found a museum still honoring their local boy, who made good by seizing control of the Russian revolution. Indeed five Russian bombs were allegedly dropped on Gori's Stalin Square on Tuesday.

It should also be mentioned that the post-Communist Georgians have imperial designs on South Ossetia and Abkhazia. What a stark contradiction that the United States, which championed Kosovo's independence from Serbia, now is ignoring Georgia's invasion of its ethnically rebellious provinces.

For McCain to so fervently embrace Scheunemann's neoconservative line of demonizing Russia in the interest of appearing tough during an election is a reminder that a senator can be old and yet wildly irresponsible.

It seems that Stratfor and Pravda agree:
Stratfor acknowledges Russia defeated US, not Georgian army in South Ossetia
The USA acknowledged that Russia had virtually defeated the US, but not the Georgian army in South Ossetia. US instructors have spent four years training the Georgian army for an attack against Russian citizens. The US administration refused to help Saakashvili, because the true goal of the new game in the Caucasus is absolutely different.

Experts of Stratfor, the so-called Shadow CIA, stated that the Russian army had not only preserved its battling capacity but also proved to the whole world that was it capable of defeating an armed enemy, trained by US instructors.

A report from Stratfor particularly mentions that the operation in South Ossetia has exercised three things. First off, Russia has proved to have the army capable of conducting successful operations, in which many Western observers doubted before. Secondly, the Russians have showed that they can defeat the forces trained by US advisors. Finally, Russia has shown that the USA and NATO do not find themselves in the situation when they can interfere into a conflict from the military point of view.

At the same time, the experts consider it to be a military demonstration of Russia to former republics of the Soviet Union, including Ukraine, the entire Caucasus and Central Asia. In addition, they see a hidden warning to Poland and the Czech Republic against the background of a possible deployment of elements of the US missile defense system in those countries. However, the experts exclude an opportunity for Moscow to organize an intervention against some of the above-mentioned countries.

Stratfor’s statement means that the fight is over for Georgia and that the US administration is not going to cross the red line in its relations with Russia. Saakashvili’s hopes for NATO to become involved in a conflict with Russia went up in smoke.

The USA is pursuing absolutely different goals, and the creation of the Great Georgia is surely not on its list. The Republicans organized the provocation to portray Russia as a monster on the globe on the threshold of the November elections. This plays into the hands of John McCain, who openly says that “Russia’s imperial ambition” needs to be curbed.

This way or other, the USA has used the small country of Georgia as a toy.
On queue:

McCain: US must reevaluate relations with Russia

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain says Russia's invasion of Georgia requires a complete reexamination of U.S. relations with the Moscow government.

McCain has told reporters in Michigan that he was pleased the United States canceled a planned joint military operation with Russia. But he added that the U.S. will now need to review the full range of its relations with Russia.

McCain says there should be heightened security arrangements for Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland. But he rules out military action against Russia or a return to the Cold War.
Hmmmm, it seems that battle lines are being drawn so that nobody is confused about who is with us and who is a terrorist. Setting the stage for WWIII?

Sheesh. :thdown:
Supporters of the very forces that unleashed the 2008 war are again trying to seize power. Their previous attempt was successful and it was called the "rose revolution".
A coup d'etat has been prevented in Georgia
The Georgian Security Service announced the disclosure of a coup plan, which, according to security officials, was developed under the leadership of the former Interior Minister of the country. According to the intelligence services, the organizers of the conspiracy intended to hold mass protests in October and December, build barricades in the capital Tbilisi and seize government buildings.

The reason for such events, presumably, was the expected decision of the European Commission on the issue of granting Georgia the status of a candidate for membership in the European Union. Acting Director of the SGB Counter-Terrorism Center Bacha Mgeladze claims that the conspirators were counting on a negative decision of the commission, which would allow them to present the situation as if the current government follows a pro-Russian line.

Mgeladze named the main persons involved in the alleged conspiracy: ex-Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili, his former deputy Gia Lortkipanidze, commander of the Georgian Legion (banned in Russia – ed.) operating in Ukraine, Mamuka Mamulashvili and ex-security guard of President Saakashvili Mikhail Baturin.

According to the State Security Service, the organizers of the conspiracy were preparing various scenarios to destabilize the situation in the country. Among them, it was proposed to set up a tent camp in the center of Tbilisi, create barricades, organize pickets and seizures of buildings, as well as kill one of the protesters with the aim of subsequently accusing the police.
В Грузии предотвращён государственный переворот

Сторонники тех самых сил, развязавших войну 2008 года вновь пытаются захватить власть. Прежняя попытка у них была успешной и ее назвали "революция роз".
There is a smooth (or not very smooth) flow of destructive forces from region to region. Saakashvili and his team, who turned out to be unclaimed in Georgia, were relocated to Ukraine. Now the reverse process is happening. Not quite successfully, bearing in mind that Mishiko himself is in prison, but his team is still trying.
The media linked the preparation of a coup in Georgia with Ukrainian intelligence
Times: the author of the coup plan in Georgia plays an important role in Ukrainian intelligence

MOSCOW, 19 Sep - RIA Novosti. One of the people who was named in Georgia as the author of the coup plan in the country is a key figure in the main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the British Times newspaper reports, citing a source.
Earlier, the State Security Service of Georgia stated that a certain group of people plans to launch a civil coup and riots in October-December with the aim of changing power by force. The authors of the plan in the department named Georgy Lortkipanidze (deputy head of the Interior Ministry during the presidency of Mikhail Saakashvili), the former bodyguard of the third president Mikhail Baturin and the commander of the "Georgian Legion" in Ukraine Mamuka Mamulashvili.
According to the Times, the representative of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Andrei Yusov, denied the statements that Lortkipanidze is the deputy head of the department. "Lortkipanidze is actually a key figure in the GUR, but not the deputy head," the publication says.
Mamulashvili, in response to a request from the Times about his involvement in the preparation of a coup, sent a smiley face covering his face with his hand.
СМИ связали подготовку переворота в Грузии с украинской разведкой

Наблюдается плавное (или не очень плавное) перетекание деструктивных сил из региона в регион. Саакашвили со своей командой, оказавшийся невостребованным в Грузии, был передислоцирован в Украину. Теперь происходит обратный процесс. Не вполне удачно, имея ввиду , что сам Мишико находится в тюрьме, но его команда по прежнему пытается.
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