August 11th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain again condemns Russian military action

McCain condemned Russia's military actions in Georgia.
McCain condemned Russia's military actions in Georgia.

ERIE, Pennsylvania (CNN) – With his Democratic rival vacationing in Hawaii, John McCain used the political vacuum to polish his foreign policy credentials on Monday morning, issuing a lengthy statement to reporters condemning Russian military action in Georgia and calling for further diplomatic against the Kremlin.

“Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin must understand the severe, long-term negative consequences that their government’s actions will have for Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and Europe,” he said.

Watch: McCain condemns Russian military

The presumptive Republican nominee said Americans should be concerned with the “remote, obscure” country because of its commitment to democracy as well as strategically important trade routes and an oil pipeline that flows through Tblisi. He also noted that Georgia was “one of the world’s first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion.”

He accused Russia of trying to intimidate other neighbors like Ukraine who have sought to strengthen ties with the West.

McCain called on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to travel to Europe and begin “high-level diplomacy” to support Georgian independence, and demanded that Russia call a cease-fire and withdraw all troops from Georgian territory. He urged the U.N. Security Council to condemn the violence, even with the threat of a Russian veto. Russia's actions, he said, must be submitted to "the court of world opinion."

In his remarks, McCain repeatedly mispronounced the name of Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. The gaffe comes in the wake of several incidents last month when he referred to the Czech Republic as the nation of “Czechoslovakia,” which no longer exists.

The Arizona senator spoke with the Georgian president over the weekend about the situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.


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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. EBC

    PLEASE shut up, OLD WHITE HAIR DUDE!! We don't need another World War III.

    You're not fooling anyone with all this political statement garbage!!

    August 11, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Enlightened Voter

    Oh Lord, please don't make him president, we will be at war with Russia too.

    August 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. Texas trail puppy

    WOW!! what gall, who does he think he is? Already POTUS? this is taking GOP arrogance to another level!

    August 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Texas Trail Dog!

    RUSSIA ALWAY PLAYS THIS GAME WHEN THEY KNOW THE U.S. IS COMMITTED TO OTHER PLACES THEN THEY BACK-STAB A COUNTRY. I GUESS THEY HAVE FIGURED WITH ALL THE WHINING AND COMPLAINING OUR OBAMA MAN AND HIS SUPPORTERS ARE MAKING ABOUT NOT HAVING A STOMACH FOR WAR IT WAS TIME FOR THEM TO ATTACK. SO THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL GET WITH OBAMA AS PRESIDENT. BE PREPARED FOR THESE ENEMY COUNTRIES TO ATTACK US. NO STOMACH AMERICANS THIS IS THE PRODUCT OF HIPPIE CHILDREN.

    August 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Obama-Junkie, IL

    OLD MAN YELL AT CLOUDS!

    This is the same guy who said when he sees Prime Minister Putin he sees "KGB". The question reporters should be asking McCain is should the US send military aid to Georgia. I bet that question will get a response out of McCain that will see his polling numbers drop into the mid thirties.

    August 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Georgia Voter

    And how exactly is this not presumptious of McCain? He beats on Obama for giving a speech overseas, saying that he was acting as if he was already the President. Yet McCain actually has the gal to make demands of Russia and "Call on" the Secretary of State to do anything and to speak with the Georgian president about it. Sounds like he's acting like he is president...

    August 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. S. Boatman

    Mccain Always Has Something To Say About War! Its All He Knows!

    August 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    He's not the president – could hardly even read the notes prepared for him – geeeeez.

    Cindy will have to inform McWarmonger who Obama's running mate will be.

    McWarmonger is too old and stupid to learn about the latest technology. He should try using Google Earth to see where Georgia is (it is NOT in Czechoslovakia, McWarmonger).

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Orlando Chicago

    Here we go again, he wants to sart world war III? NO more Republicans!!

    August 11, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. DJ in TX

    Does McCain also understand that if Gerogia was a part of NATO (whcih we support them becoming a member), that under articl V (Ibelive that's the correct one) would be compelled to help defend Georgia against Russia? Think about that, we would have to fight against Russia, something we've never done before.

    With the military stretched so thin (as the commanders have stated), how would we live up to our obligations? We need to get out of Iraq, so we can focus on the REAL 9-11 attackers and be able to defend ourselves.

    And Yes, I'm a veteran, so I understand the military.

    August 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. somoonesux

    We as a nation have lost our position to make moral statements on the invasion of a soverign nation. Iraq of course was such a nation when we decided to invade under very flimsy pretenses which of course tunred out to be untrue. This is why to become leaders in the world again we need people who stand up to this kind of useless violence. McCain is an an enabler in this whole story and of course wholeheartedly believed in the invasion of Iraq so he also has no moral position to oppose the Russion attacks. Too bad

    August 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Straightopinion2008

    McCain is a paper Tiger! He is not the President of USA, so his statements about Russia attack on Georgia is worthless. Moreover, by supporting/voting to give Bush the right to wage war against Iraq thereby deminishing USA's moral authority to critisize Russia. Sorry McCain this is the cost for having bad judgement.
    McCain if you think that you are tough, why not attack Russia and save your ally Georgia? Hopefully this is a lesson for everyone! Good leadership entails good judgement, moral responsibility, etc! We have now a good opportunity to have a better leadership in th WH from 2009, but if we miss the chance, be prepared for more issues like in Georgian's!

    August 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    So John McCain fully approves of and supports George Bush's unprovoked and illegal attempted conquest and occupation and colonization of oil-rich Iraq, a sovereign nation, yet lectures Russia on its attack of Georgia, a state that had suceded from the Russian union some years back. This is bald-faced hypocrisy at its worst and makes clear he would continue Bush's alienation of America from the world as a "rogue nation" that personifies "do as I say, not as I do...or else".

    August 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    When are you all going to show the clip about McCain saying at a townhall meeting earlier this year "....... and we will never have to go to war for oil again......."

    Please show that cliip over and over. We got all of Obama's stuff over and over for months.

    Fair and balanced should mean fair in ALL ways.

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. v.a.

    "McCain repeatedly mispronounced the name of Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. The gaffe comes in the wake of several incidents last month when he referred to the Czech Republic as the nation of “Czechoslovakia,” which no longer exists."

    CNN didn't have to mention this, but I sure am glad they did. hahahaha!

    August 11, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. New Yorker

    Just waiting to see what Obama has to say about this. May take a while though because he'll be hard- pressed to find someone in his party that has the wisdom and good sense to make any judgement about the issue at hand. Oh heavens to Betsy! wait till Obama hears Georgia was one of the world's first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion; that will put him between a rock and a hard place.

    August 11, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. The truth

    John Mccain thinks he is the President. Who is he to be demanding the Secretary of State to travel to Europe. I thought this was supposed to have been issued by Bush.

    August 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. MaggotBrain

    In his remarks, McCain repeatedly mispronounced the name of Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. The gaffe comes in the wake of several incidents last month when he referred to the Czech Republic as the nation of “Czechoslovakia,” which no longer exists.
    ______________________________________________________

    Way to be "Presidential" Johnboy! Where was your foreign policy whisperer Lieberman?

    August 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    NO ONE CARES WHAT MCSLEAZO THINKS.

    WE ARE IN IRAQ FOR NO REASON. AND

    MCSLEAZO MADE PUTIN PRESIDENT OF GERMANY ?

    August 11, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. CD

    HA! You wanted the media coverage? Now you got it McCain Gaffing in a major speech while trying to look presidential. Please give Johny old man more ropes to hang himself. HA HA HA! I can just see you now having a press conference and asking the press corps to remind you the name of who you are supposed to be talking about.

    August 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. David

    What exactly does John McCain want? is he advocating for a war with Russia? If so, him and his neo-con advisors need to expressly state what they plan to do. Are they going to implement the draft? This man is deadly dangerous. That is one reason he does not deserve the presidency. A war with Russia would not be good.

    August 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Russia is following the example we set in Iraq. McCain should not be saying anything.

    August 11, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Herman in LA

    I am tired of seeing McCain, he has been in the media spot light to much lately, bring back Obama McCain is to boring.

    August 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. judyb

    Barack issued a statement on the Georgia conflict last week while on vacation!

    Mr. McWarmonger could not issue his statement until today because he needed the weekend to get his staff to write his statement...which he had to read word for word.

    August 11, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. a southern bell for OBAMA

    DECLARING WAR & OCCUPYING IRAQ INDEFINITELY

    KILLS EVERY ARGUMENT MCSENILE CAN POSSIBLY

    HAVE ABOUT ANY INVASION OF ANY COUNTRY.BESIDES

    DIDN'T MCNOTHING, IN HIS TOWN HALL MEETING,

    MAKE PUTIN PRESIDENT OF GERMANY ?

    August 11, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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