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And None Dare Call It Treason

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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. 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 is the folly of the Bush interventionist policy on display in the Caucasus, so, too, is its manifest incoherence.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says we have sought for 45 years to stay out of a shooting war with Russia and we are not going to get into one now. President Bush assured us there will be no U.S. military response to the Russian move into Georgia.

That is a recognition of, and a bowing to, reality — namely, that Russia's control of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and occupation of a strip of Georgia cannot be a casus belli for the United States. We may deplore it, but it cannot justify war with Russia.

If that be true, and it transparently is, 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.

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 naval 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 our country: 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 resume as a War Party apparatchik is lengthy. He signed the PNAC (Project for the New American Century) letter to President Clinton urging war on Iraq, four years before 9-11. He signed the PNAC ultimatum to Bush, nine days after 9-11, threatening him with political reprisal if he did not go to war against Iraq. He was executive director of the "Committee for the Liberation of Iraq," a propaganda front for Ahmad Chalabi and his pack of liars who deceived us into war.

Now Scheunemann is the neocon agent in place in McCain's camp.

The neocons 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 presidency of George Bush?

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence ... a free people ought to be constantly awake," Washington warned in his Farewell Address. Our Founding Father was warning against the Randy Scheunemanns among us, agents hired by foreign powers to deceive Americans into fighting their wars. And none dare call it treason.

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Sir you don't appear to be a coward but in fact that seems to be the case. The reason countries join NATO is to avoid being swallowed by the predatory nations like Russia that recognize no one's right to exist. If Russia is offended by us assisting Georgia in joining NATO it is only because they have plans for the area. I am quite sure you would be all for dismantling our military down to the last gun assured in your own mind that no one intends us harm as long as we mind our own business. It is a shame that you will never be proven wrong in your assumptions thanks to the fact that this country and it's people would never allow such a thing to happen. Ask the citizens of Darfur if minding their own business kept them safe. NATO is not an arm of offense but one of defense against nations that would violate the borders of other nations so your arguments are ridiculous at best. Yes it could draw us into war. Yes a war defending an ally could be costly. But what you suggest is like looking the other way while a woman is raped just because the attacker is bigger than yourself. Georgia is an independent nation and if the Russian sympathizers wish to be Russian citizens they only need to pack up and move home to Russia from whence they came.. You remember this old saying "No nation can stand divided" ? Would you also have us allow Texas to become Russian territory as well just because in a previous invasion when Russians slaughtered people there and turned it into a retirement home for their soldiers which is effectively what took place in Georgia's . Yes there are those in the city that wish to belong to Russia because when they invaded the last time they set up homes and lives for themselves on the ashes of the conquered and when Georgia was set free they found their comfortable lives cut off from Mother Russia surrounded by the people they invaded who are rightly filled with hatred for them. While I respect your right to your own opinions perhaps you might take up another line of work besides attempting to make the world a better place for your communist ideals and cronies.
Comment: #1
Posted by: NOT YELLOW
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:45 AM
I did not always agree with you on many issues, but lately you truly have become the voice orf reason.
Seeing situation for what they are , and including the prespective of the opposing view,(in this case russias) are opinions that have been generally lacking. as you alluded to, how would the US feel if the roles were reversed and Canada, Mexico were offered and accepted membership in the warsaw pact, and deployed anti balistic missle systems next door.
The neocon Bush administrations double standard position on all issues has and will continue to keep the world in this never ending cycle of high tension.
Good work re : who started cold war 2 /and none dare call it treason.
Comment: #2
Posted by: terry
Fri Aug 22, 2008 12:39 PM
Sir; I think you are on the right track there, with the money issue. You know, people complain about morality, but there is a dollar bill behind every act of immorality. My bet is, that if you were to take the profit out of sin that people would just keep it in their britches. I'll bet there is a big bunch of money in all this death, and war, and mayham. And something else, if I must remember my Grand Father; then, he asked: what's Johney Bull doing in the Faulklands. And Ireland, for that matter; and the same might be asked of America. Do we really have any purpose in Central Asia? Sure we would like to beat up on Russia, and if I know the republicans, they will, and if the democrates try to stop them, they will be defeated in November. I think Russia has put itself in a fishbowl called Georgia. But they have a defense. It is the people of the U.S. which are really in danger, and it our own belligerence that is frightening. You should ask: what would we do if that were Russia, and they were in Canada! You know we've carved up their empire. As fast as the Iron Curtain came down we have tried to put it up or tear it up. Russia has got a longer tradition than us, of loving war and despising peace. They don't have to leave Russia to fight us, so it is like war for free. I'd just say, Follow the Money. Take the profit out of it. It is not against the law to be a war monger. It certainly shows some lack of moral spirit. War is the wrong course for America. I am afraid that the temptation to go to war when we are already based up, on the Lz, and ready to roll will be too much for our generals and president to resist. Thanks... Sweeney
Comment: #3
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:19 PM
Re: NOT YELLOW
Sir; you are absolutly right that the place is divided ethnically in a place in this world where nothing is sweeter than vengeance or longer than a grudge. What are you going to do now? The place is divided, and the place, Georgia, has got to deliver justice and peace to both peoples. I know it is not fair, and neither would be forcing all those ethnic Serbes to leave. That sort of crap is pure non-sense. If we want peace we have to give it, and to let these human beings become proxy armies for our security and global ambition issues is insane. Properly speaking the Russians should have the area before the mountains. They should not have to defend the roads into their country, but the plane before it. But better still would be a guarantee that no person in the country would have their peace and security compromised to recapture a past no one wanted when they had it. ... And something else. I am well schooled in Communism and Socialism, and I have survived capitalism as many have not. Now, You are wrong about Mr. Buchanan being a supporter of Communist ideals. He is not. He may be the last fiscal conservative on the planet. He may realize to what extent debt robbes the whole contry of its future. But he is no friend of Communists. Here is the thing. I don't think he is so captivated by empty ideals that he is willing to pour boatloads of blood and cash into them. If we were not inviting this war it would not be happening. If we told these people to get along, and the Russians told these people to get along; they would all get along. It is money that is betting on this war. Nothing other. And what is money, but another empty ideal.
Comment: #4
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Fri Aug 22, 2008 1:38 PM
Brute No. 1 decides to sacrifice innocent human lives to score points against Brute No. 2. Brute No. 2, who is bigger than Brute No. 1, hits back by taking a bunch of innocent lives in Brute No. 1's camp, and hanging out awhile, maybe forever, in Brute No. 1's camp. All the folks who die, or who get to live the rest of their lives without hands, feet, legs, whole faces, etc., have just about nothing to do with the vendetta between Brute No. 1 and Brute No. 2. And both brutes get away scot free to kill and maim again. Isn't that what war is all about? ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Well, yes, there's the money too. And the oil. Oh, and lest we all forget, Mr. Buchanan is a guy who advised Nixon every step of the way as he raped the country of Viet Nam many moons ago and set the stage for the killing fields of Cambodia. The Viet Nam War was a legitimate war for independence and we were just plain on the wrong side. Just like England was during our war for independence. Except we forced the Vietnamese to pay a much higher price for their independence than we did. They still have to worry after all these years about their kids stepping on a mine somewhere and getting blown to bits. ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
All that crap about Viet Nam and other Southeast Asian nations falling like dominoes to the Soviet Union and Red China was just about scraping up a tall tale to sell the war to fearful Americans. Just like we made up stories about nuclear weapons in Iraq. Right, Pat? Why not fess up and atone for your murderous sins decades ago.
Comment: #5
Posted by: Masako
Fri Aug 22, 2008 5:42 PM
Spot on! The current state of US foreign policy, which is at the mercy of the highest bidder, reminds me of the classic by Sallustius, the War on Jugurtha. In it, Jugurtha literally gets away with murder for the longest time by bribing most of the Roman senators. Jugurtha got his dues in the end, ofcourse. But we all know what happened soon after with the Roman republic: chaos, anarchy, civil war between the "haves" (aristocrats) and "have nots" (plebs), and finally - the demise of the republic, in favour of "empire".
Did the Bush family order some crowns yet? God knows they already have the required insanity in the family...
Comment: #6
Posted by: Roel
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:58 AM
I seldom agree with you, Pat, although I usually find you to be entertaining on the air. This article, however, is deadly serious. You have accurately identified the behind-the-scenes machinations which led to a situation likely to have troublesome consequences for the United States and Western Europe for years to come. I did not realize until reading your article that the Georgia debacle could have been much worse with very immediate military implications for the West.

So, tell us again, why is it that you support John McCain?
Comment: #7
Posted by: S. D. Walters
Wed Sep 3, 2008 1:40 PM
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