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What's McCain thinking when he says boot Russia from G-8?

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posted on May, 3 2008 @ 09:09 AM
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What's McCain thinking when he says boot Russia from G-8?


www.mcclatchydc.com

WASHINGTON — John McCain dropped a little-noticed bombshell into his March foreign-policy address: Boot Russia from the G-8, the elite club of leading industrial democracies whose leaders try to coordinate economic policies.

One major problem: He can't do it because the other G-8 nations won't let him.

But the fact that he's proposing to try, risking a return to Cold War tensions with the world's second-largest nuclear power after 20 years of prickly partnership, raises questions about McCain's judgment. It also underscores that many of his top foreign-policy advisers are of the same neo-conservative school that promoted the war in Iraq, argue for a tougher stance toward Iran and are skeptical of negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program.

The Group of Eight, or G-8, as it's popularly known, makes decisions by consensus, so no single nation can kick out another. Most experts say the six other countries — Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada — would never agree to toss Russia, given their close economic ties to their neighbor. A senior U.S. official who deals with Russia policy said that even Moscow would have to approve of its own ouster, given how the G-8 works.
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posted on May, 3 2008 @ 09:09 AM
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More and more I get the distinct feeling that John McCain is a loose cannon, or at the very least he has something loose.

His off the wall comments that come immediately to mind are:

Saying that we should boot Russia from the G8.
Repeatedly saying that Iran (a Shiite nation) is training Al Qeada (a rabidly Sunni organization) even after being repeatedly corrected.
Saying that he has no problem with us being in Iraq 100 years.

And this man is running on his foreign policy experience???


www.mcclatchydc.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 3-5-2008 by grover]



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 09:16 AM
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or does his idea involve pre-emptive minuteman tossing?



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 09:22 AM
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Originally posted by grover

More and more I get the distinct feeling that John McCain is a loose cannon, or at the very least he has something loose.

[edit on 3-5-2008 by grover]


I'm more inclined to believe he's trying to make a subliminal campaign on the masses in all honesty, and that he wasn't really interested in running for pres. in the first place.

As for why he would do that, well - for starters inciting the cold-war grudges with russia would go a long way to keeping all those emerging super-powers underfoot, wouldn't it?



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 09:23 AM
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This dried up old prune and his moronic out of date (return to a cold war scenario) ramblings are not even worth discussion anymore. I'll am more than willing to go homeless and pay for his nursing home care so we will never have to see him again... isn't that the norm? Put these type of folks in the nursing home at this stage and forget about them?

Gladly, with this one


[edit on 5/3/2008 by RabbitChaser]



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 09:27 AM
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I am actually surprised he even ran in the first place. I mean his support even among his fellow Republicans seem to be tepid at best.

Really I think the only reason he actually has a chance of winning this is the damned fool bloodbath that the Clinton/Obama camps are engaging in.



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 09:55 AM
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Did he say why he wanted to drop them?

I couldn't find that.



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 10:28 AM
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I haven't been able to find anything other than a few short excerpts, but this article gives a little of his reasoning:

www.reuters.com...

The article seems to be a little slow to load, BTW.

In principle, I agree with him, but reality is another matter. As others have said, its probably a better idea to include them than to kick them out. At least then you have a forum to speak with them regarding your concerns over their actions.



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 11:15 AM
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Thanks for the link.

And I agree, definitely keep them in. Foreign relations trumps all other aspects of politics.



posted on May, 3 2008 @ 12:28 PM
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I'm going out on a limb and stating that:

His comment was a stereotypical (for his age and peer group) backhanded insult about Russia's significance in the past having to do with its military presences as the former Soviet Union. Since that is no longer the case Russia's relevance is a contrivance. A 'traditional' politeness extended to them, despite the fact that the 'industrial' status of Russia is really not as relevant as it used to be 25 years ago.



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