And None Dare Call It Treason—McCain Advisor`s Georgia Connection
He is the principal foreign policy
adviser to John McCain and potential successor to Henry
Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski as national security
adviser to the president of the United States.
But Randy Scheunemann has another
identity, another role.
He is a dual loyalist, a foreign
agent whose assignment is to get America committed to
spilling the blood of her sons for client regimes who
have made this moral mercenary a rich man.
From January 2007 to March 2008,
the McCain campaign paid Scheunemann $70,000—pocket
change compared to the $290,000
his Orion Strategies banked in those same 15 months
from the Georgian regime of
What were Mikheil`s marching orders
to Tbilisi`s man in Washington? Get Georgia a NATO war
guarantee. Get America committed to fight Russia, if
necessary, on behalf of Georgia.
Scheunemann came close to
Had he done so, U.S. soldiers and
Marines from Idaho and West Virginia would be killing
Russians in the Caucasus, and dying to protect
Scheunemann`s client, who launched this idiotic war the
night of Aug. 7. That people like Scheunemann hire
themselves out to put American lives on the line for
their clients is a classic corruption of American
U.S. backing for his campaign to
retrieve his lost provinces is what Saakashvili paid
Scheunemann to produce. But why should Americans fight
Russians to force 70,000 South Ossetians back into the
custody of a regime they detest? Why not let the South
Ossetians decide their own future in free elections?
Not only is the folly of the Bush
interventionist policy on display in the Caucasus, so,
too, is its manifest incoherence.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says
we have sought for 45 years to stay out of a shooting
war with Russia and we are not going to get into one
now. President Bush assured us there will be no U.S.
military response to the Russian move into Georgia.
That is a recognition of, and a
bowing to, reality—namely, that Russia`s control of
South Ossetia and Abkhazia and occupation of a strip of
Georgia cannot be a casus belli for the United
States. We may deplore it, but it cannot justify war
If that be true, and it
transparently is, what are McCain, Barack Obama, Bush,
and German Chancellor Angela Merkel doing committing the
United States and Germany to bringing Georgia into NATO?
For that would commit us to war for a cause we have
already conceded, by our paralysis, does not justify a
Not only did Scheunemann`s two-man
lobbying firm receive $730,000 since 2001 to get Georgia
a NATO war guarantee, he was paid by Romania and Latvia
to do the same. And he succeeded.
Latvia, a tiny Baltic republic
annexed by Joseph Stalin in June 1940 during his pact
with Adolf Hitler, was set free at the end of the Cold
War. Yet hundreds of thousands of Russians had been
moved into Latvia by Stalin, and as Riga served as a
base of the Baltic Sea fleet, many Russian naval
officers retired there.
The children and grandchildren of
these Russians are Latvian citizens. They are a cause of
constant tension with ethnic Letts and of strife with
Moscow, which has assumed the role of protector of
Russians left behind in the "near abroad" when
the Soviet Union broke apart.
Thanks to the lobbying of
Scheunemann and friends, Latvia has been brought into
NATO and given a U.S. war guarantee. If Russia
intervenes to halt some nasty ethnic violence in Riga,
the United States is committed to come in and drive the
This is the situation in which the
interventionists have placed our country: committed to
go to war for countries and causes that do not justify
war, against a Russia that is re-emerging as a great
power only to find
NATO squatting on her doorstep.
Scheunemann`s resume as a War Party
apparatchik is lengthy. He signed the PNAC (Project for
the New American Century)
letter to President Clinton urging war on Iraq, four
years before 9-11. He signed the
PNAC ultimatum to Bush, nine days after 9-11,
threatening him with political reprisal if he did not go
to war against Iraq. He was executive director of the
"Committee for the Liberation of Iraq," a
propaganda front for Ahmad Chalabi and his pack of liars
who deceived us into war.
Now Scheunemann is the neocon agent
in place in McCain`s camp.
The neocons got their war with
Iraq. They are pushing for war on Iran. And they are now
baiting the Russian Bear.
Is this what McCain has on offer?
Why would McCain seek foreign
policy counsel from the same discredited crowd that has
all but destroyed the presidency of George Bush?
"Against the insidious wiles of
foreign influence … a free people ought to be
constantly awake," Washington warned in his Farewell
Address. Our Founding Father was warning against the
Randy Scheunemanns among us, agents hired by foreign
powers to deceive Americans into fighting their wars.
And none dare call it treason.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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