August 13th, 2008
02:41 PM ET
12 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. Andrew in OR

    Guys please stop pickin on Bush....Its not McCains fault we hate the Bush Policies that McCain will continue.

    August 13, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    To the GOP Supporter Comment: When you find that experience and kowledge need to rule.............would appreicate it if you would share that information with the rest of the viewers.

    August 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. a southern bell for OBAMA





    August 13, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. dormar

    He just wont to go too war old fool

    August 13, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Gary Chandler in Canada

    you guys are morons to block my comments... 4000 dead in Iraq,,, how many dead by wrongly going after Russia...
    Free S Ossetia and it's solved.

    August 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Thomas, Illinois

    Kendall--Your so right, I've been thinking that for months now...If your between the ages of 18-32?....If you vote for McWar...LOOK-OUT

    August 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Barr '08

    Things younger than John McCain:
    Howdy Doody
    Area Codes
    FM Radio
    Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
    Automatic Car Transmissions

    Vote for a presidential candidate NOT endorsed by the worst president in American history!

    McCain was a traitor in Vietnam!!

    His foreign policies are based on Wikipedia!!

    Ask Cheney, Rumsfeld and Ashcroft how valuable experience is!!

    Get off my lawn!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. boered1

    GOP supporter August 13th, 2008 2:57 pm ET

    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.

    McCain supporter August 13th, 2008 2:58 pm ET

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

    What a pair of tools, Bush is an idiot, McCain supported Bush between 90-95% of the votes this means that McCain is an idiot. For those who say experiance is needed I would ask what experiance? Bad experiance, if you are too foolish to learn from it (say like having NINE planes shot out from under you or voting for a war for no good reason or singing Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran) is worse than no experiance at all. Good judgement, however, over-rides experiance every time. So a fool who has only bad experiance (can you say Keating five?) is worse than an inexperianced person with good judgement.

    To counter the comment I often hear about when hiring someone you look for the person with experiance I simply say most innovative growing companies look for the person who can think outside the box, who is not weighed down with out of date thoughts and practices, someone who has judgement. In the 70s & 80s IBM (Big Blue) had the "experiance" they had the "understanding" they decided to stay out of the personal computer business because there was no market for it... Microsoft on the other hand, no experiance, no history just good judgement.. now which do YOU think is the most sucessful?

    August 13, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. a southern bell for OBAMA



    August 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. ES NYC

    In order to capitalize on this event and display strenght ,it is clear this has been the biggest miscalculation by Mc Cain, and might be irreparably damaging for his presidential bid. You can argue that his 'scare tactics' painting Obama as a 'dangerous' choice has somehow worked with some of the voters, but he has probably here subliminally raised an even scarier prospect, nuclear war and make himself a lot more 'dangerous' in the eyes of many of his own supporters or leaners.

    Mc Cain and his campaign just realized it and is trying now to undo the damage, but it's too late...

    August 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Mccain=Bush=WARMONGERS

    Mccain voted with Bush 95% of the time and now in this campaign all he does is agrees with Bush on anythng he say our does Mccain=Bush this is not the person we want running our Country.

    August 13, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. anonymous

    Jeremy & George – why don't you two idiots get out of this country? People like you just have no place here. Just because McCain was asked for help by the Georgian president, does NOT mean he wants war. You two draft dodgers are just plain chicken!

    August 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Texan for Progression

    Kendall and many others are absolutely correct in my opinion. Within two years of a McCain presidency, headlines will be flooded with talks of a national draft. This is urgent my fellow Americans!!! WE MUST PREVENT A MCCAIN PRESIDENCY!!!! And that doesn't happen here on these blogs (we all come here for reinforcement and comradery). We've got to get out into our communities (work, home, play, etc.) and discuss these issues with those who are not as informed/engaged as we are in the blogs. Many people don't have enough information to make the decision that most of see is clear.

    August 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. proud army and navy mom

    talk about being in lockstep with loser bush. mcbush parrots everything the current administration does.

    They have NO credibilty on judgment or truth on this Russian invasion or the war in Iraq, which they started for oil, while lying to the world about WMD's.

    August 13, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. ChicagoJosh

    This must be his response to the "Deeds, not words" request from Georgia. It turns out McCain tough talk was just talk.

    And they criticize Obama's "words." Well Obama actually thinks before he speaks, so his "words" mean a little bit more to me.

    August 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Scott, British Columbia, Canada

    GOP Supporter,

    War put you into these trying will get more of the same from McCain. Your economy will get you before "terrorist" ever will.

    August 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Rebublican for Obama!


    August 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Marc PDX

    Shhhh! Obama has gone into hyper-judgement mode (that's why it's so quiet over there right now). Any moment now the magical ability of superior judgement will come bursting forth. Stand back!

    August 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. JP

    Yes. STRONGLY SUPPORTS BUSH in this case. I think that's the right thing to do.

    What does Obama's plans say, send NO humanitarian aid, both parties talk responsibly?

    August 13, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Marc PDX

    Actually the less Obama says the better he does...

    (That's why he won't debate any more than the minimal requirement of 3. Hillary exposed that weakness and he did learn that lesson... good judgement there!)

    August 13, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. California Gold

    McCain no one cares what you think. You haven't had a diplomatic thought in your life. While you were talking tough and advocating aggression against Russia the French were quietly mediating the conflict and switfly brought about a cease fire. That, my friend, makes you look stupid, hawkish and foolish.

    August 13, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Najib

    Lol....Mccain makes me laugh everytime he talks....He is still in the vietcong era...dude its 2008 not 1970....there is not one thign they can do to russia. They are second biggest oil producer, have nukes, and can block any UN resolution on stop sounding like a fool

    Georgia started this whole thing anyway, they rolled the dice...they paid for it...then bush talks about respecting laws and illegal invasion..bla bla...Isn't that what he did in Iraq?

    August 13, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Brian, Pittsburgh

    McCain – McWar – McDraft!!

    August 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    McLame WANTS a return to the cold war because that's where his mind-think is stuck at – in the '60s. His comments about not wanting to return to cold war footing with Russia are contradicted by his belicose saber rattling at Russia. Want a cold war? Then vote for McLame...

    PS: Hey, GOP Supporter – Quit your whining. McLame is only getting lambasted because the old dude deserves it. Thinking, no BS Americans are simply pointing out the obvious – Mclame is lame, unless of course you're one of his kool-aid drinkers who thinks he knows everything about everything 'cause he's over 70.
    Here's a news flash for you – According to McLame he has done everthing and seen everything – problem is he's having problems remembering anything...

    August 13, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. MavTex

    McWarmonger was totally out of line using the Russian-Georgian crisis as a political tool to imitate how tough he is.

    The only thing McStupid did was demonstrate the level of his arrogance by attempting to "one-up" Obama, he decided to ignore the protocol of letting the sitting President by the official spokesperson for America.

    Even Bush-43 was waiting on more 'intel' before making a measured response.

    So, once again Bush-43 proves he's smarter than McStupid.

    The Republicans think they had a problem with the Bush-Chaney Administration, if they don't stop McArrogant now, he will 'talk' the US into another war front, one American citizens don't want, can't afford, and has nothing to do with solving the Housing, Job, and Economic crisis here at home.

    Say Yes to America by saying 'NO' to McCain!

    August 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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