There something about the behavior of some Americans in the lead-up to the recent crisis in the Caucasus that stinks. I have touched on it in a number of posts. Now someone has nailed it.
In this previous post, I quoted from a Washington Post article that discussed the business activities of one Randy Scheunemann. That article left readers with a big question that begged to be asked far more emphatically: Who the hell is this man? To his everlasting credit, Pat Buchanan returns to the question, and then gives the answer the emphasis it deserves. The answer is disturbing:
By putting Scheunemann in in charge of his foreign policy team, surely McCain has proven -- among other things -- that he is simply not smart enough to be President.
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 and Marines from Idaho and West Virginia would be killing Russians in the Caucasus, and dying to protect Scheunemann's client, who launched this idiotic war the night of Aug. 7.
Later in the piece, Buchanan asks:
. . . .what are McCain, Barack Obama, Bush, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel doing committing the United States and Germany to bringing Georgia into NATO? For that would commit us to war for a cause we have already conceded, by our paralysis, does not justify a war.That's also a good question. This is the second outstanding article by Pat Buchanan I have read in relation to the Russia-Georgia conflict (a Jotman reader refers Buchanan's earlier article in Comments).
Hat-tip Sullivan, photo shows Randy Scheunemann at the NATO summit in Latvia in 2006. I the above-quoted article, Buchanan also discusses how Scheunemann was instrumental in bringing the former Baltic Republics into NATO.