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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  1. TX for OBAMA

    Someone in his campaign has told McCain that his cowboy rhetoric is not going well with voters,and apparently McCain is toning down. Can we say another FLIP/FLOP.

    August 13, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Brian, Pittsburgh

    Marc PDX, Obama's on vacation right now. That's why he's "quiet". And the Obama wanted 6 debates, McCain didn't, so they settled on the traditional 3 debates.

    Check your facts. Spreading lies about your political oppenent is so 2004, people know how to use Google and YouTube now.

    August 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. David Goldman for OBAMA





    August 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Gary Chandler in Canada

    McCain needs a surge against Russia, so he can hide Surge II against Iraq. The lug nuts, who believe the Petreus, rhymes with precarious, surge was a success, will believe that splurge 2 will be a success too. DUHMBEST!
    My firends , the surge was a great success,,, (looking at prompter) but it did not achieve the conditions (looking at propmpt) on the ground for a total ( prompt) so Pet (prompt) reus and I are going to another succesful surge...
    my friends surge NOW surge here! and surge (prompt) NOW
    I now how to do surges my friends

    August 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. ben

    How long dp the republicans think they can fool the Americans? McCain says we must show support for the little country. BS. He means we must protect oil interests there. The oil companies paid employes disguised as republicans are willing to sacrifice more of our young men to maintain their oil domination. I really do not hate McCain and am willing to give him the benifit of the doubt, but believe me he is treading on extremely dangerous ground. If one shot is fired at us or one shot fired at Russia and world war 3 will start. Remeber world war 2 China was not on our side! The Corean war,,China was not on our side. It realy didn't matter much then, because the Chinese were still plowing with oxen. Today, thanks to Bush, they are one of the most powerful nations on earth. They need oil, and lots of it! If we start a war, they will join the Russians and both of them have nuclear weapens and the ability to deliver them right to our door. Dont for gods sakes let the oil barons destroy America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Dan

    How about human rights violations cited by the Red Cross against the US for Guantanamo? Look at yourself before being a hypocrite...

    August 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Monica, Texas

    Someone must have reminded McCain he was not the President...hmmmm looks like he is taking a more appropiate stance but that does not excuse his over stepping his bounds yesterday.

    August 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Ron

    McCain looks at the Russian PM, Putin and says he only sees three things when he looks at him, K-G-B.

    Russia claims to be withdrawing but keeps attacks while Bush & McCain send negotiators.

    In order to protect a UN country, MCain wants to send aid inside of Russia.

    For those that don't remember the Cold War that was pretty much how things worked for decades. Attempts by America to liberate countries; Soviets advancing is small steps on nations, we talk, send limited aid, call one another names, and beat our chests.

    The aid thing is good and a strong stance is welcomed. However, I don't see McCain wanting to get directly involved with the Russian who are the aggressors. Seems that Obama's approach is more direct and does so without a lot of name calling and ego making.

    August 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Tara

    1st. of all Georgia invaded territories that were protected by Russia. so they started the conflict and Georgia killed thousands in these territories. 2nd Why is CNN not reported that MCCain top forgien policy paid advisor is also a lobbyist for the Georgian government and has recieved more than 200,000 just this year from that Government. McCain is not an honest broker in this situation. why do you think Georgias president is call in McCain out personally, because he knows mcCain owes him one or I mean 200,000.

    August 13, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Robert Whale

    What the Obama camp needs to point out is that the United States can do little in this situation because George Bush has weakened our armed forces by waging a foolish war in Iraq, a war that John McCain supported. Talk about wretched judgment.

    August 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Ron Democrat turned independent

    Russia believes that might makes right don't kid yourself that this is not a test run. if Russia gets away with it, then be prepared to welcome the Soviet union back. those of us that are old enough, remember well what the doves and pacifiers cost the world when Russia did this the last time. why is it, that the same people who let the bad element in their neighborhood are the first to cry for others to help them when the infestation becomes to much to it not better for America and it's allies to try and prevent this from happening now, then be forced into a much bigger conflict later on.Russia will not make the same mistake of imploding this time.

    August 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. thomas

    When countries lack competent leadership, the world has to deal with war and oppression. Let's not forget John Mccain's 28 years of experience and decision making which helped us get where we are today: war, recession, $9 trillion debt, banking collapse, housing crisis, gas prices, increasing poverty, illegal immigration, health care crisis, collapsing infrastructure, rising illiteracy, government corruption and factory closings.

    August 13, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. McWar, or Serenity With Obama

    Please Shut Up McCain.. Our Horrible president can speak for this..... not you .........and please get you Fact straigght. Georgia started this conflict

    August 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Mike

    A Cold War is not the big worry. A Very Hot Thermonuclear War is my concern. If the hyper aggressive McWar had his way. Georgia would be a member of NATO and America would now be at war with Russia. Thank God the European Allies have cooler heads and were able to see that Georgia with it's ongoing border disputes was not yet a stable enough nation to place under the NATO/Nuclear Deterent umbrella. Then again, with Oil Corporations pushing McBush to protect the Georgian Oil Pipeline and a paid Lobby member of Georgia as a part of the McBush campaign team. Intellect and moral courage are not what is driveing the McBush tough guy act on Georgia,

    August 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. james

    Mccain=World War III

    August 13, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McWarmonger – you have agreed with Bush on almost everything.

    We DO NOT need a Bush 3rd term. We need an intelligent man like Obama that actually can think and know the Constitution and diplomacy.

    Obama '08

    August 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. lovable liberal

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

    Now there's a big surprise!

    August 13, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. William, from Cali!

    Now, McCain's predicting the future! Why did't he predict the "Housing market slide" and me losing my job; for me; maybe I wouldn't be on the verge of losing my "dream home"!

    August 13, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Hey, McMoron, news flash for you; I'M AN AMERICAN NOT A GEORGIAN!!!

    August 13, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. NoMcSame

    McSame got his card pulled and came up short. Bush even told him to shut his mouth
    McSame and Bush have not done anything. The Russians are having their way with Georgia and Georgia is calling for help and you talk tough but take no action. In other words your card has been pulled and now it's time to show COWBOY. Our troops are spread so thin that we can't do anything to help them. Ok McSurge go surge on Georgia to stop the Russians. Saddam went into Kuwait and you sent in the military to stop him, so why don't you send in the boys to stop the Russians. America looks like COWARDS to the rest of the world because we run in to fight against the little guys but when it comes to the big dogs we want to run to the U.N.
    McSame, you said that you know how to win a war well I would like to know what war have you won? Talk is cheap MY FRIEND.
    We are watching Bush/McSame

    August 13, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Gary Chandler in Canada

    IF the USA offers to accept the TWO S Ossetian referenda to gain their freedom and independence, and THEN if Russia does not 'lighten up' America wourd THEN have the moral high ground.
    Tibet = S Ossetia!!!
    As long as the USA backs the annexation of S Ossetia by the minority Georgians, it is like backing China over Tibet!

    August 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. obama to save the world



    August 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Old Fart

    Because McCain has such a strong record of being against unprovoked invasions of sovereign nations.

    August 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Danielle

    I am not sure McCain or this administration should really begin talking about human rights violations when it comes to war. That mighty finger you point can be turned right back around at you.

    August 13, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I agree – we DO need someone that thinks and that intelligent man is Obama.

    No More wars. No to McCain

    Obama '08

    August 13, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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