August 13th, 2008
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McCain says Senate allies will head to Georgia

McCain said Lieberman and Graham will be leaving ‘as soon as possible.’

McCain said Lieberman and Graham will be leaving ‘as soon as possible.’

(CNN) - John McCain said Wednesday that two of his strongest Senate supporters, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, would be heading to the nation of Georgia in their role as lawmakers, to report back on the conflict in that country.

“The situation in Georgia remains fluid and dangerous, and as soon as possible my colleagues Senator Lieberman and Senator Graham will be traveling… to Georgia. They’re both members of the Senate Armed Services committee,” McCain said at a news conference Wednesday. “I hope that other members of the Armed Services Committee in the Senate and they will go together and receive an assessment of the situation and what we need to do in the future, to avoid further escalation, and also to protect the independence and freedom of the people of this brave democratic ally, the country of Georgia.”

The two men are both major campaign surrogates for McCain, who has staked out a hard-line position on Russian military action in Georgia.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had spoken with both McCain and rival Barack Obama about developments in the ongoing crisis.

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soundoff (242 Responses)

    WELCOME TO WORLD WAR THREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  2. stone cynic

    Problem solved

    August 13, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. linda from South Dakota

    well its quite obvious these people will come back and tell mccain what he wants to hear,,,, but then thats mccains way,,,, i wont ever vote for mccain,, no matter what,, obama!!!!!!!08 and beyond

    August 13, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Jeffrey G. Brown

    I thought we had a sitting president who made policy regarding foreign nations. Why is this stooge talking like he is the president?

    August 13, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. Ed

    Rob - "we caused this Georgia invasion" PLEASE! The explanation that follows can only be described as paraniod delusion.

    Let's have Obama go to Moscow and test out his "let's just talk to our adversaries" and see if he can charm them into withdrawing from the independent nation of Georgia. Russia is and always has been a nation for whom power flows only from a gun. People and nations like that respect strength, not talk.

    You can flash back 70 years to British PM Neville Chamberlain in Munich to see how appeasement works out. Not that Georgia is of any strategic value to us, but after Georgia, what? Mooldova, Ukraine, the Baltics (which are part of the EU now)? The West needs to draw a line in the sand or the aggression will not stop. Better to put a lid on it now than wish we had done so many years hence when it will be so much harder. Hard-nosed diplomacy can settle this now. Failure to do so now will be perceived as weakness and invite more aggression later. The Europeans need to stand firm with us to be effective.

    "know your enemy" – Sun Tzu

    August 13, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. BrendaF, Mesquite, TX

    Unless the State Department has asked for Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman to go to Georgia, they need to stay home and along with McCain keep their big mouths shut so as to not throw more fuel on the fire.

    I'm sure the people of Georgia have much better things to worry about and work on than to be photo ops and backdrops for the Graham and Lieberman sideshow.

    Besides, shouldn't Condi start earning her paycheck again?

    August 13, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. steve dumford, Scotts valley ca.

    McCain is addressing a major international problem while Obama plays in the sand and doesn't know quite what to say. Hmmmm....who would I want to be President in this situation? Sorry, but Obama doesn't have ANY experience in international affairs and actually, now that I think about it, he doesn't have any experience in anything but reading a great speech off the teleprompter.

    Let me see, "Mr. Obama , what should we do about the Russians invading one of their neighboring countries?" Obama...." Uh..Uh..Uh.., ba, ba, but , ...uh..uh............" Enough said.

    August 13, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Adrian

    All this theater is very depressing.

    Please support change by volunteering or a small donation:

    Take a stand, don't watch it slip away and leave us with more years of failure and war.

    August 13, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. Kay

    Go and see WHAT???? You sat down and watched Russia bombe Georgia to smithereens. all because you encouraged them to start the attack on Ossetia in the first place and then watched them whipped. Now, you are going to do what-watch the bombed buildings? And you call this EXPERIENCE? Give me a break.

    August 13, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. RJ, CA

    I see "David Goldman" aka "Dr. Mimi" aka "Venus" is back - how "refreshing" to read such hilarious, stupid babble!

    August 13, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. J.C.

    "On Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she had spoken with both McCain and rival Barack Obama about developments in the ongoing crisis."

    How do I wish Secretary Rice would consider joining either McCain or Obama!

    But she is heading back to Stanford after January. My best wishes!

    August 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Charles




    America as we know it is doomed now that the warmongers have taken over. HOW MANY WARS CAN THEY GET US IN BEFORE THE ELECTION?


    And please, EVERYONE make a small DONATION TO OBAMA. EVEN $10 WILL HELP.

    August 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Marie-Lynn

    Wow the puppets are looking so cute

    August 13, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  14. DutchLion

    Looking from a distance ( Europe , Netherlands) and following the USA politics.
    How is it possible that from all those USA citizens/ Republicans Foi picked the dumbest and most dangerous person to be a possible President ?
    75 % percent of Europe favors Obama !
    Obama gets 200,000 ppl together in Berlin ( the capitol of Russia hahahhaha ....joking ) and Mc C gets just a few dozens in a hamburger cafetaria in a USA small town Berlin.
    The hamburgers were free !
    USA wake up ! Mc C will endanger everything you have ! This guy is really .....dangerous for your country ! Bush was not that good .......but this is soo much worse.
    For the very first time in My life I really am worried about the future of your great nation.....

    sad sad smile ....Putin the president of Gemany ? Restoring the Russian Empire ? The new monarchy ? ......

    If I was allowed to vote I would vote for Obama !

    August 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Lourdes

    McCain's top foreign affairs advisor is on the Georgian payroll. WE armed the Georgians. We're antagonizing Russia. I hope Americans are paying close close attention.

    moreover, McCain's statement today that in the 21st century "nations don't invade other nations" is so ironic i almost thought he had lost his mind. Or is it that the U.S. gets to be the exception to his own rule?

    PLEASE AMERICAN don't make this man our president!!!

    August 13, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Dosteovsky

    Sending Lie-berman and Gayham to Georgia won't help the fact that McCain showed real poor judgement on this, talk about itchy trigger finger. And then he gets pimp slapped in front of the world for lipping off by his but buddy the jet skiiing friend of his. Stay far away from McWar.
    And jet skiiing w/ the pres of Georgia? And Cindy getting her hand hurt chaking hands w/ the common man? Who are these idiots?

    McCain's Brain ... select a response from the following:
    (a) I was a POW
    (b) drill now
    (c) war
    (d) repeat after neocons

    August 13, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. LA2NC

    After the last 2 weeks of the MSM going on and on about Senator Obama being too presidental, arrogant and presumptous, WHERE IS THE SAME TREATMENT FOR JOHN MCCAIN? Sending his surrogates to Georgia, speaking on behalf of the American people....................

    August 13, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. William, from Cali!

    The Russians are "playing poker" with us, they are waiting to see if we "CALL' or "FOLD"........but, they are holding the "FLOP" cards!. And "Just words" will not stop, Russia's aggression against Georgia, or bring some relief to their suffering citizens. This was a "well thought-out" move on Russia's part, at the time of these Olympics: when the rest of the World wasn't paying close attention....................

    August 13, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. the Lorax

    What right do we have to condemn Russia after we invaded Iraq? At least they have a legitimate casus belli. What hypocrisy.

    August 13, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. aaaaa


    August 13, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  21. Will-South Dakota

    Oh great 3 old white men on another War Mongering trip, at American taxpayers expense.

    August 13, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  22. Steve

    If these two clown go to Georgia who's going to whisper into McSurge ears to tell him what to do?

    Collect your Social Security checks old man and leave running of the country to someone with honesty and integrity.

    August 13, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  23. Seanm

    Are they getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to be pro-Georgia lobbyists like one of McCain's top advisors? Something stinks here...

    August 13, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    In the press conference Donna quoted from, McCain also stated that "..hundreds of thousands of individual lives are being taken".

    This man is a dangerous man who is totally out of touch with the rest of the western leaders. He lies, distorts, belittles and misspeaks.

    It was quite apparent from Sec. Rice's press conference today that McCain, after bashing Obama allowing Leiberman to challenge Obama's patriotism, has been told to but out so now he is singing the "non-partisan song to try to deflect criticism.

    Even the Republicans want him to promise to only run for one term!!

    August 13, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Paul in Dallas

    Well what a coincidence. If Senator Obama sent his buddies over to Georgia he would be called an opportunist, which is exactly what you are Mr. McCain. If you win, Senator McCain, you'll get to have your wars. Save the taxpayers some money in the meantime and keep your buddies in the US. Certainly Lieberman can do something productive in the US (oh who are we kidding?). I forgot, Senator McCain...the economy, like peace, is of little value or interest to you. Sad.

    August 13, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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