The Politico examines the responses by McCain and Obama to the Georgia/Russian war (or whatever they are going to call it), and sees a difference:
Obama’s statement put him in line with the White House, the European Union, NATO, and a series of European powers, while McCain’s initial statement—which he delivered in Iowa and ran on a blog on his Web site under the title “McCain Statement on Russian Invasion of Georgia,”—put him more closely in line with the moral clarity and American exceptionalism projected by President Bush’s first term.
A McCain advisor suggested Obama’s statement constituted appeasement, while Obama’s camp suggested that McCain was being needlessly belligerent and dangerously quick to judge a complicated situation.
There you have it, in a nutshell. You vote for McCain, you get the same manichean belligerence and needless warmongering we all have enjoyed so much. The Politico piece goes on:
John McCain’s top foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, defended McCain’s direct criticism of Russia in the early hours of the crisis.
“Senator McCain is clearly willing to note who he thinks is the aggressor here,” he said, dismissing the notion that Georgia’s move into its renegade province had precipitated the crisis. “I don’t think you can excuse defend explain or make allowance for Russian behavior because of what is going on in Georgia.”
It might be interesting to find out who Randy Scheunemann is, but the Politico is incurious (actually, there is a bit at the very end, I appear to have missed it or the piece was edited, probably the former), so we have to turn to McClatchy:
John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randall Scheunemann, lobbied for the nation of Georgia for four years, including for about a year after he joined the Republican senator’s presidential campaign staff in early 2007.
Georgia has paid Scheunemann’s firm, Orion Strategies, LLC, nearly $900,000 since 2004, including $200,000 for an eight-month contract that began on May 1, two weeks after McCain issued a strong statement criticizing Russia and supporting Georgia.
Scheunemann took a leave from lobbying for Orion in March, two months before McCain barred active lobbyists from serving on his staff. He’s still listed as Orion’s president and owner.
So, in what the Politico calls a 3 am test, John McCain responds belligerently towards Russia, and were he President there is no doubt it would exacerbate the situation, and it turns out that his top foreign policy advisor just so happened to be a wholly owned subsidiary of the nation of Georgia. Interesting. You would think the press would look into that, but right now they are kind of occupied with JOHN EDWARDS’ RUMORED TO BE GAY BUT ADULTEROUS PENIS.