August 13th, 2008
02:41 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Georgia conflict won't 're-ignite the Cold War'

McCain said the United States should stand 'courageously' with Georgia.
McCain said the United States should stand 'courageously' with Georgia.

BIRMINGHAM, Michigan (CNN) – John McCain came out in support of President Bush’s decision Wednesday to dispatch U.S. aircraft with humanitarian aid to Georgia and to send Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice there to demonstrate America’s “unwavering support” for the country.

And despite some recent tough talk towards Russia that has drawn criticism from Barack Obama's campaign, McCain also said he did not think the Russia-Georgia conflict would “re-ignite the Cold War."

"I don't think it means we're going to reignite the Cold War, and I don't think that we're going to have kind of situation," he said at a fundraiser in Michigan, “but I do believe that we need to stand as courageously as we can on behalf of this little country.”

Bush said in a Rose Garden statement that Russia must halt all military operations in Georgia and withdraw troops from the country, while allowing international aid into the region.

McCain said he “strongly” supports Bush’s position.

During the fundraiser, McCain continued his expressions of solidarity with Georgia, at one point citing reports of possible human rights violations by the Russian military.

“I hope they are not true,” McCain said. I'm afraid that some of them are, but we'll find out in the upcoming hours and days."

The presumptive GOP nominee repeated his recent assertion that Moscow’s aggression indicates the country wants to create a modern-day version of the Russian empire.

“I also believe that we have to understand, in the larger context of what this is all about, and it's all got to do with the centuries old ambitions of the Russians to establish the Russian empire,” he said.


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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. GOP supporter

    Will you guys quit picking on the Republican candidate just because he's a Bush successor!! Let's support the candidate that helps our country during these very trying times. Experience and knowledge need to rule.

    August 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. ANGIE

    STRONGLY SUPPORTS BUSH what else is new with mccain????

    August 13, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. McCain supporter

    We really need a complete and utter novice like Obama leading the country when a crisis like this happens.

    August 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Susan

    Is this what his good friend, the Georgian president, was looking for when he said it's time for action, not words? "I support the president' – wow, John, that's really action we can see. What a maverick. I bet this is just what your friend was hoping for.

    August 13, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Judgement over experience

    Hey mcwar, after we invade Iran, let's do russia too and then north korea, china, oh heck lets just nuke the world! Good Lord, he truly is a warmonger.

    August 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. 11 Bravo

    OK, enough is enough. It appears that if it weren't for wars, McCain would have nothing left to talk about.

    US wars, Russian wars, any old war will do.

    Senator? Would you PLEASE focus on your plans for America? You hardly have a solution for the US, let alone Georgia.

    August 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Laideatea

    If McCain has anything to do with latest up with Georgia....he is not ever getting into the white house ....ever, never.

    August 13, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Jim Schimmer

    He is such a War-monger
    Why don't we go to war with Iran, China, Russia, Zimbabwe!!

    Sick!!

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. poor johnny mack

    it's johnny mack and war is back.

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Q

    Mcwar : Loose Cannon......thinks we are in Attila the Hun days ..when he was 50 yrs old .......

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Puffin

    McCain is provoking Kremlin every chance he gets. The Defense Missile System Bush/McCain want to install in Eastern Europe is NOT a smart foreign policy move.
    Russians are responding very aggressively and told the US they will install their nukes in Cuba. Sounds like a freezing-cold war to me.

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    McCain's right and wrong at the same time. Georgia will not re-ignite the cold war. Bush has already lit the pilot light. Now McCain wants to go for full ignition. Can't see the forest for the trees.

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. JJ

    McCain needs to just shutup about this conflict and tend to the affairs here in the US. He needs to quit exploiting this issue as a polticial talking point. He is not the POTUS and therefore he needs to leave this matter to the sitting POTUS.

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. Foreign Observer

    McCain talks "tough," talks incendiary talk about empire, mispronounces his "good friend's" name, blathers about "courage" - and meanwhile, Sarkozy and the EU are actually working to get things done, along the very diplomatic channels Obama recommended. Btw, CNN, how about telling us how the good people of South Ossetia feel about all this? Who invaded that region first? What is their claim for independence? Why is Georgia refusing it to them, and what drives the US policy towards the region? I mean, how about some actual news here?

    August 13, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    WOW, BUSH MUST HAVE THUMPED MCCAIN ON THE HEAD AND TOLD HIM HE'S STILL THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HE'D BETTER FALL IN LINE, OR ELSE. MCCAIN FALLS IN LINE AND AS USUAL AGREES WITH BUSH. HOPEFULLY THIS MEANS WE ARE STILL AMERICANS AND NOT GEORGIANS AS MCCAIN SAID.

    August 13, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Mike P

    This man is losing it!

    August 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Silent independent

    Let's just let Europe handle this. It's about time...they are the EU now and should be able to clean up messes in their own neighborhood.

    Stop all of this U.S. intervention globally...we still have troops in Bosnia, Japan, Korea, Germany, Italy, U.K., Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, etc. Why? Is the world really more secure? Is the U.S. more secure? No. We've overextended and spent ourselves into a hole that China now owns. THAT is not security.

    Let's "invade" and "occupy" our own country and put the $10billion per month we are spending in Iraq into our own nation building here at home.

    August 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. pat C.

    so now the old McWAR is backing down on his own tough cowboy talk and supports cowboy bush. how fitting. someone must have told him he is not the president yet so shut-up. i don't think george bush was waiting around to see if john McWar was okay with his decision to send aid before he committed to Georgia.
    McWar is so desperate to be some body that i bet he is peeing his pants to get asked for advice. only advice for this joker is go back to sleep old man....cold war is over.

    August 13, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi JAck,

    no more comments...I am sick of this political pipeline game...just watch who is sitting on the pipeline with his lobbyist friends and who does not want to respect the little sovereign country Ossettia.

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. David Goldman for OBAMA

    IT WILL IF MCSLEAZO HAD HIS WAY.

    WHAT'S BETTER THAN ANOTHER

    WAR, WITH WHICH TO ROB US.

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. carepi

    very simple.... mccain has a guy who was lobbying for georgia, now, russia does not like democracy, or countrys that make their regime look bad. look, I agreem that something has to be done about this conflict, but shouldn't the european nations do something about it?, i mean what is this WW2 all over again?, now USA has to bail them out, (well this government is pretty darn good at bailing out) so. ok, the UN is just talking about it, right, they can't do anything because russia supplies more that 50% or oil and more than 60% natural gas... so european countries can't do anything to obbsed the russians. So let's put it this way, if the US were not involved in 2 wars, we will be fighting the russians and yep, the whole reagan "starwars" and nuclear drillings in schools would have been happening today, so let's see were we are at, military... running thin and more than a trillion $, so the only thing here that Mccain and bush are proposing is to do the Draft again and send us men and women to fight a war that we have nothing to do with...

    the choice is yours...

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    "McCain said he “strongly” supports Bush’s position."

    THIS IS WHY HE IS MCSAME!

    Bush let Mikheil Saakashvili think that it was okay to take on Russia by attacking South Ossetia and murdering thousands of civilians, because, hey! That's what HE did during shock and awe to Iraq! News Flash! Two wrongs don't make a right! And the only reason you'd get into a shooting war with Russia is to bring about the Apocalypse before election day. So stuff it, McSame!

    August 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  23. Jeff Brown

    I used to like you John, I considered voting for you in 2000. Now I see you as a pathetic, old fool selling your soul for votes. You are going to lose in November. If you really did love our country, you would lay off the negative attacks and let the voters decide. Obama will need all the help he can get to destroy the Bush Cancer that is eating America!

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  24. Lost (maybe) in CNN Moderation

    Now that the Georgian President has challenged McCain to move "from words to deeds" I'd love to hear McCain's plan........................waiting........

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    DID MCSENILE TELL THE RUSSIANS THAT HE

    APPOINTED PUTIN PRESIDENT OF GERMANY?

    August 13, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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