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. Independent-Minded American

    How exactly do u plan to "stand" for Georgia, huh?

    Bomb Russia??? Does this warmonger know how many nuclear warheads Russia has (versus how many we have)? Russia has about 15K versus our 5k... So there McWar.. bomb them.

    August 13, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. rhoward

    Since neither John McCain nor Barack Obama is actually the president right now, why do either of one of them's opinion matter right now?

    Besides, the Georgian president has himself to blame for the mess he's in.

    August 13, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Tom in S.A.

    For all of you who want the EU to take care of this, they are of bunch of wimps, just like NATO, and you want Obama for pres here, he wants to turn the U.S. into another EU. Didn't our forefathers leave over there to get away from that type of gov't rule and you all want to go back to it, just move back where your smarter relatives came from.

    August 13, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Hey Johnny,

    I'm an american, I do however know some Georgians living here in america...but just to clear up your confusion...we here in america are referring to one of our states located on the east side of OUR country.

    Please refrain from sending OUR boys and girls over there to be MURDERED for YOUR new country.

    Go ahead and be Georgian, I will enthusiastically bid you farewell. But leave us out of it, unlike you, we like our country.

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Fordy

    If Russia wants to re-establish the Russian Empire, will America allow them to do so? If no, does this not mean there will be a confrontation between Russia and the US? How is this different from the Cold War? McCain is making no sense at all. Old Politics being played by an Old Politician. The public has become much smarter than McCain knows.

    August 13, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Erin in Edmonds WA

    GOP Supporter – GET OFF IT.

    McCain has run a completely nasty campaign against Obama, so don't tell us to lighten up on him. We will, when he lightens up on Obama. He is a jealous little weasel, and most of the world knows it. He was indicted on felony charges in his role in the savings and loan scam (Keating 5), has been unfaithful to his wife, cannot stay on track mentally, flip flops like a short order cook, was unfaithful to his wife who worked tirelessly to get him back from Vietnam. John McCain choosed what is easy, not what is right. He will be just as foul a president as Bush was. He can't escape the Rebublican bad wrap that Bush put on the party and the fact that he lives in the past and has made so many statements proving to the people of this country that he is nothing more than a rich old white DUNCE. Get over yourself.

    August 13, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. KG

    Ok. So for all you who are spewing hatred of Sen McCain for supporting Pres Bush's position in this instance. This is the deal. Pres Bush wants Russian troops to leave Georgia and allow humanitarian aid into that country. There's been no talk of war, but only to find a peaceful resolution to the crisis. That is Pres Bush's (and Sen McCain's) stance.

    So...if you are hitting Sen McCain for agreeing with the President's stance then I ask you. What is your stance? That you don't want Russian troops to leave Georgia, that you want them to take over Georgia, that you do not want any humanitarian aide to get to the Geogian people? Is that your stance? Really? Are you really that stupid? Have you already forgotten the atrocities and harshness of the old USSR? Have you already forgotten the celebrations and smiling faces of the people of countries like Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, etc when the USSR disentigrated and these people were once again free to live their lives out from under the crushing thumb of the USSR?

    I would think that Sen Obama (and you) would agree with Pres Bush and Sen McCain in this instance as well.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Brian

    McCain is spot on on this one. As long as he is not going start a war with Russia he'll do fine.

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. CW4Barack

    Mr. McLiar-Warmonger GO AWAY!

    August 13, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  10. McCain=McSame, Toledo, Ohio

    Let McSame keep talking....he only helps Barack Obama :)

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Pam

    No, he'll ignite it into a hot war where nukes are actually launched.

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Dem

    SEND OUT TROOPS McCain! That'll teach'em and our troops!
    Surge!
    Surge!
    Surge!

    Forget America! We are Georgian's now!

    ps – I thought you put America "First"??

    August 13, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Erin in Edmonds WA

    GOP Supporter – GET OFF IT.

    McCain has run a completely nasty campaign against Obama, so don't tell us to lighten up on him. We will, when he lightens up on Obama. He is a jealous little weasel, and most of the world knows it. He was indicted on felony charges in his role in the savings and loan scam (Keating 5), cannot stay on track mentally, flip flops like a short order cook, was unfaithful to his wife who worked tirelessly to get him back from Vietnam. John McCain chooses what is easy, not what is right. He will be just as foul a president as Bush was. He can't escape the Rebublican bad wap that Bush put on the party. He lives in the past and has made so many statements proving to the people of this country that he is nothing more than a rich old white DUNCE.

    Get over yourself.

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. CW4Barack

    Ron Democrat turned independent: So you think the terrorist is afraid of Talking Robotic John who can't even comb his own hair!! Ha, ha.....no more wars!

    August 13, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. TX for OBAMA

    The Old Man is again talking to the Clouds – as we speak (in Michigan).

    Actually I am glad that he speaks more. The more he speaks the more people he will scare off

    OBAMA ‘08

    August 13, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Alex, from Texas

    NEWS ALERT. Hitler has invaded Poland overwhelming it's forces with a Blitzkrieg.

    On a side note sales of Prime Minister Chamberlain's "Peace in Our Time" Happy Meals have plummeted.

    August 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  17. Citizen Ruth

    Last time I checked the president was still GWB (adly enough), McCain is not. He should keep quiet.

    August 13, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Michelle, PA

    So McCain stands with Bush on this issue too. Not that you can tell, McCain has been screaming so loud with his shoot first, ask quetions later comments you can't hear what the White House (who actually DOES speak for the US and all Americans, per a little thing called the United States Constitution) might be doing. Way to go, Mr. Experience. The White House is a joke, so let's make it worse by muddling the message, repeating talking points from a paid Georgian lobbyist, exploiting the deaths of thousands of civilians for partisan political gain, and otherwise diluting whatever pitiful political influence we might have otherwise had. Then claim you stand with and support Bush. Smart move, McEinstein!

    August 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Ben

    McCain is reckless, belligerent, and boiled with a mis-directed vengeance. You don't make comments and interfere with foreign relations without receiving the same. McCain is the only supporter of removing Russia from the G8. His G8 policy mirrors the gas tax holiday. There isn't an economist in the country that agrees with a gas tax holiday. This conflict is not our problem. We have plenty of our own.
    McCain becomes president and he'll drag us into another cold war. This is ridiculous. The man even plagiarized his initial speech from Wikipedia. Yep, that's right, McCain's initial speech on Georgia was partially stolen from Wikipedia. He's reckless and a war monger. Politics are the only thing that are driving McCain's continuing comments.
    He has "known" the Georgian president for a long time? Then how does he mispronounce the name of a "long-time friend" 3 times?

    August 13, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. gdi

    "in the 21st century, nations, don't invade other nations....", john McSame, August 13, 2008 on Georgia-Russia conflict. OOPs, I think he forgot the United States invaded Iraq.

    August 13, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Sherry, Atlanta

    MCCAIN APPEARS TO BE CONFUSED. HE CONSTANTLY STATES "IN THE 21ST CENTURY, NATIONS DON'T INVADE OTHER NATIONS".

    WHERE WAS MCCAIN, WHEN THE U.S. INVADED IRAQ?

    August 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. gdi

    and that was this century, not the one he was born in.

    August 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. hey you kids get off my lawn

    "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. And then added, "And that's a real shame, because that's pretty much the only way I could win this election". Then, he drooled oatmeal down the front of his shirt and fell asleep.

    August 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  24. gl

    McShame is at it again. War, war,and War again!

    August 13, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Robert

    Do any of you realize that Georgia is an ally and has supported us in the wars we are involved in right now? Or do you care about loyalty?

    August 13, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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