The man who would have handed over Iraq to al Qaeda and the Iranians has decided handing Georgia to the Russians is better than letting John McCain defeat him in November.
Obama’s response to the Russian invasion of Georgia was painful to read (Weekly Standard):
Now is the time for Georgia and Russia to show restraint, and to avoid an escalation to full scale war.
Read that again. Georgia must exercise restraint in the defense of its own country.
Naturally, McCain didn’t let that go by unnoticed (same WS link):
John McCain’s senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann criticizedthe apparent moral equivalence in Obama’s statement: “That’s kind of like saying after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, that Kuwait and Iraq need to show restraint, or like saying in 1968 [when the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia] … that the Czechoslovaks should show restraint”.
Obviously, the Russians were not happy with that, so they went after a McCain advisor who had previously lobbied in Washington for the gutsy little Georgian democracy. Mind-bogglingly, Obama tag-teamed with the Putinist regime (Politico):
A public relations firm working for the Russian Federation pointed out Scheunemann’s lobbying past to reporters — a sign that McCain’s stance is not, for better or worse, being welcomed in Moscow — as did Obama’s campaign.
“John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser lobbied for, and has a vested interest in, the Republic of Georgia and McCain has mirrored the position advocated by the government,” said Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan, noting that the “appearance of a conflict of interest” was a consequence of McCain’s too-close ties to lobbyists.
This is an outrage beyond belief. A pro-Western democracy is under attack, and Obama responds by going after one of its champions in America just because he happens to be the obstacle to the great ambitions of the Audacity of Hype.
With this crisis, Obama has revealed himself to be the crystalline combination of self-absorption, moral equivalence, and unrepentant cynicism. McCain, by contrast, has once again has stuck his neck out for an ally in danger (Weekly Standard, different link):
I strongly support the declaration issued by the Presidents of Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and their commitment that ‘aggression against a small country in Europe will not be passed over in silence or with meaningless statements equating the victims with the victimizers.’ I share their regret that NATO’s decision to withhold from Georgia a Membership Action Plan may have been viewed as a green light for aggression in the region. As they propose, a new international peacekeeping force should be created, in light of — as they observe — the ‘obvious bankruptcy of Russian “peacekeeping operations” in its immediate neighborhood.’ In addition, Finnish Foreign Minister Stubb, the Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, has said there can be no return to the status quo in South Ossetia and that Russia cannot serve as a mediator in the South Ossetian conflict. Each of these leaders represents a country that has undergone what Georgia is now experiencing.
This is leadership; this is vision; this is what we need at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.