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McCain Adviser Deep in Georgia’s Pocket ... book

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Posted on Aug 13, 2008
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It’s just too bad that the only Americans apparently qualified to advise John McCain on how to deal with the world are those hopelessly corrupted by hundreds of thousands of dollars in recent payments from foreign countries, such as beleaguered Georgia. Good thing that guys like Randy Scheunemann (at right, with McCain), whose two-man lobbying firm took in a cool million from Georgia since 2004, have a superhuman ability to separate their analysis from any financial considerations.


Associated Press:

John McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

The payments raise ethical questions about the intersection of Randy Scheunemann’s personal financial interests and his advice to the Republican presidential candidate who is seizing on Russian aggression in Georgia as a campaign issue.

McCain warned Russian leaders Tuesday that their assault in Georgia risks “the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world.”

On April 17, a month and a half after Scheunemann stopped working for Georgia, his partner signed a $200,000 agreement with the Georgian government. The deal added to an arrangement that brought in more than $800,000 to the two-man firm from 2004 to mid-2007. For the duration of the campaign, Scheunemann is taking a leave of absence from the firm.


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By Fadel Abdallah, August 14, 2008 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

Now that we know that Randy Scheunemann was the Director of the Project for a New American Century and the head of the committee pushing for Iraqi war, I need to further know, just for my records, whether Scheunemann is:

1. An Israeli Zionist?
2. A Christian Zionist?
3. or a twenty-first century Crusader?

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By Pacrat, August 14, 2008 at 5:42 am Link to this comment
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McSenility didn’t really say nations don’t invade nations in the 21st century, he was just misunderstood - right?

Does this man even know where Georgia is or on what continent?

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By diamond, August 14, 2008 at 1:51 am Link to this comment

What I SIMPLY CANNOT BELIEVE is that Scheunemann was the Director of the Project for a New American Century and the head of the committee pushing for ‘Iraqi Liberation’ code for invading Iraq. How is it possible? How has this fraud not been unmasked and how in hell did he become McCain’s advisor on foreign policy? Anyone who had any lingering doubts that McCain walks like a neo con and talks like a neo con and is being advised by a neo con - well doubt no more. Darkly hilarious to see an article written by Saakashvili claiming that if we don’t all flock to Georgia and fight Putin there we’ll be fighting him in the streets of our own towns. How many times can they use that old chestnut before someone realizes that it’s er nuts? Not to mention that Saka himself sent Georgian troops into South Ossetia to carry out war crimes (along the Bosnian model, that is murder them in their sheds, in their homes, in their cellars) before Putin moved a muscle. Sweet Jesus! How stupid do they think we are? Well pretty damn stupid as it happens. All of this is aimed at helping McCain and maybe even cancelling the 2008 election. It’s frightening to think what the neo cons will do to hang on to power. Frankly that scares me more than Putin. It’s so typical of the neo cons that the rules apply to every other country in the world except America. Condi claims it’s not 1968, well no, it feels more like the day after the Reichstag fire and the moral vacumn created by Bush and Cheney has never been more obvious. Something or someone always fills a vacumn, that’s the problem.

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By cyrena, August 13, 2008 at 10:43 pm Link to this comment

Well Anon spook, for what it’s worth, I watched it. But then again, I already knew this about John McCain. Enjoyed the video..


Sherre15,

Yep, it’s been confirmed that rove was in the Crimea, and we probably shouldn’t be the least bit surprised. It’s more than a bit scary though.

As Scheer wonders in his own piece here, this is the October surprise in August. Now Cheney has sent military aid as well as the flunky Condi Rice over there in the guise of “Humanitarian Intervention”.

It’s another wag the dog at the expense of the citizens of those in the region. Cheney and McCain couldn’t wait to rev up their Cold War passions.

That’s the US motto…Endless War, wherever they can create one.

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By anon spook, August 13, 2008 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment
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Since your name is “Truthdig” let’s see if you will actually post the truth about John McCain and his buddies. Let’s see if you will even investigate it.

Some of it can be found at http://www.azjusticenews.org/

We are watching this website to see if you do. wink

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By sherre15, August 13, 2008 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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Is it true that Karl Rove was “vacationing” in the Crimea (not far from Georgia) just a few weeks ago when he dodged his subpoena? And, if so, that’s a bit scary!

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