Monday, September 22, 2008
McCain finally gets something right: We are provokers
Colin Powell admits that Georgia provoked Russia. McCain said “we are all Georgians”. Translation: We are provokers
by Larry Simons
September 22, 2008
Last month in York, PA, John McCain addressed a crowd of supporters and told them he had spoken with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and told him that “the thoughts and the prayers and support of the American people are with that brave little nation as they struggle today for their freedom and independence”. Then McCain said that he told Saakashvili, “Today, we are all Georgians”.
Saturday on CNN’s “The Next President: A World of Challenges”, former Secretary of State Colin Powell had this dialogue with the correspondents Christiane Amanpour and Frank Sesno:
POWELL: And I think it was foolhardy on the part of President Saakashvili and the Georgian government to kick over this can, to light a match in a roomful of gas fumes.
SESNO: So you’re saying the Georgians provoked this?
POWELL: They did. I mean, there was a lot of reasons to have provocations in the area, but the match that started the conflagration was from the Georgian side.
AMANPOUR: And yet…
POWELL: And that’s a given.
AMANPOUR: And some debate in the presidential elections has basically been, “We are all Georgians now.” What does that mean? It’s the same as was said after 9/11.
POWELL: One candidate said that, and I’ll let the candidate explain it for himself. […] You have to be very careful in a situation like this not just to leap to one side or the other until you’ve taken a good analysis of the whole situation.
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Here’s McCain’s “today, we are all Georgians” crap