He’s sending a delegation to Georgia:
At a press conference just now, John McCain redoubled his efforts to thrust himself into a leadership role on the Russia-Georgia crisis front, announcing that two top campaign surrogates, Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, are going on a visit to Georgia.
And talking to Saakashvili every day:
In this article, McCain tells the Tribune’s Jill Zuckman that he’s been on the phone with the President of Georgia every day of the current crisis.
Of course when your top Foreign Policy Advisor is lobbying for the country in question:
Sen. John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser prepped his boss for an April 17 phone call with the president of Georgia and then helped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee prepare a strong statement of support for the fledgling republic.
The day of the call, a lobbying firm partly owned by the adviser, Randy Scheunemann, signed a $200,000 contract to continue providing strategic advice to the Georgian government in Washington.
It’s understandable that you might want to take a lead in trying to resolve the crisis in Georgia.
It seems like John McCain’s foreign policy freelancing may be further complicating the situation in Georgia. And President Saakashvili seems reasonably to be asking whether he shouldn’t be getting more for having McCain top foreign policy advisor on his payroll for all these years.
This morning Saakashvili told CNN: “Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain say, ‘We are all Georgians now,'” Saakashvili said on CNN’s American Morning. “Well, very nice, you know, very cheering for us to hear that, but OK, it’s time to pass from this. From words to deeds.”
I seem to remember not too long ago when Obama was on his foreign trip, the bobble heads and the right were asking…is Obama acting too Presidential?
The candidate’s crowning demonstrations of hubris, according to those building a case, came during his extended trip to Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Europe. Recall the pundits demanding the freshman Illinois senator prove he could be presidential in the foreign arena?
So he appeared at ease with world leaders, talked animatedly with beaming American troops and drew huge civilian crowds. Then the pundits — who had been taking a round of bashing for supposedly going easy on Obama — told Obama he needed to beware of appearing too presidential.
I mean lord forbid he was giving Gordon Brown some advice!
Obama was even feeling confident enough to give British Prime Minister Gordon Brown some management advice over the weekend. “If what you’re trying to do is micromanage and solve everything, then you end up being a dilettante,” he advised the prime minister, portraying his relative inexperience much as President Bush did in 2000.
Of course that’s hubris. Unacceptable arrogance. McCain however, playing President, possibly interfering in the middle of a crisis, advised by a lobbist for the government of Georgia.
President Saakashvili today told Georgians that the US military was moving in to take over control of the country’s air and seaports — which would be a pretty big deal since much of the country still appears to be an active war zone.
And about five minutes later the Pentagon said he didn’t know what he was talking about.
“We are not looking to, nor do we need to, take control of any air or seaports to conduct this mission,” said Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary. “The role of the U.S. military is strictly to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the victims of this conflict.”
John McCain says he’s talking to Saakashvili every day. What’s he telling him? Is he confusing the situation?
…and no one bats an eye. That liberal media sure has it’s priorities straight! I hear Funny or Die is doing another political parody starting Brittany. Can’t wait to see the blanket coverage on that. Tools.