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Is Russia John McCain’s “August Surprise?”

The McCain campaign has obviously decided to play the national security card over the Russia/Georgia contratemps with the hope that the sight of John McCain banging his cane on the ground will make the country feel safe.

Never mind that McCain’s loyalties to Georgia were purchased via his lobbyist campaign staff. Or that the whole thing was triggered by a bunch of US neocon saber rattling that we don’t actually have the ability to back up.

War in the middle east not going so well, so let’s go back to the cold war? By all means, roll out the Kagans, let the "today it’s Georgia, tomorrow it’s Poland" WWIII/Hitler analogies commence.

Great idea. Eight more years, why not?

Saakashvilli is cooperating:

Yesterday, I heard Sen. McCain say, ‘We are all Georgians now,’” Saakashvili said on CNN’s American Morning. “Well, very nice, you know, very cheering for us to hear that, but OK, it’s time to pass from this. From words to deeds.”

McCain told a crowd in Pennsylvania yesterday that he had called Saakashvili to express solidarity with the people of Georgia, saying: “Today, we are all Georgians.”

He called Saakashvili? Where is the wingnut outrage that greeted Nancy Pelosi and Jimmy Carter over ostensible violations of the Logan Act?

Bob Scheer is calling it the "August Surprise," and not without reason.

Jim Pinkerton and I talked about McCain’s grumbling bellicosity on Bloggingheads. We also spoke about Jim’s belief that Obama will lose the election because white America wants someone to pay the price for affirmative action. I must confess that I was so taken aback I was borderline speechless.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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