Georgia’s man in the McCain camp

By Pat Buchanan, a US political commentator and adviser to three Republican presidents. Published in The Toronto Star, 2 September 2008

The neo-cons got their war with Iraq. They are pushing for war on Iran. And they are now baiting the Russian Bear.

By Pat Buchanan, a US political commentator and adviser to three Republican presidents. Published in The Toronto Star, 2 September 2008

The neo-cons got their war with Iraq. They are pushing for war on Iran. And they are now baiting the Russian Bear.

Who is Randy Scheunemann?

 

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 Mikheil Saakashvili.

 

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 succeeding. Had he done so, U.S. soldiers would be killing Russians in the Caucasus, and dying to protect Scheunemann’s client, who launched this idiotic war. That people like Scheunemann hire themselves out to put American lives on the line for their clients is a classic corruption of American democracy.

 

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 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 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 Russians out.

 

This is the situation in which the interventionists have placed the United States: 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 résumé as a war party apparatchik is lengthy. He signed the PNAC (Project for the New American Century) letter to President Bill Clinton urging war on Iraq, four years before 9/11. He signed the PNAC ultimatum to George W. Bush, nine days after 9/11, threatening him with political reprisal if he did not go to war against Iraq.

 

Now Scheunemann is the neo-con agent in place in McCain’s camp.

 

The neo-cons 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? Endless war?

 

Why would McCain seek foreign policy counsel from the same discredited crowd that has all but destroyed the Bush presidency?

 

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence … a free people ought to be constantly awake," George Washington warned in his farewell address. America’s founding father was warning against the Randy Scheunemanns, agents hired by foreign powers to deceive Americans into fighting their wars. And none dare call it treason.

 

Pat Buchanan is a U.S. political commentator who has been an adviser to three Republican presidents.

 
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