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Speaking to reporters about the situation in Georgia, Sen. John McCain denounced the aggressive posture of Russia by claiming that:"in the 21st century nations don't invade other nations."
It was the type of foreign policy rhetorical blunder that has regularly plagued the McCain campaign and could have diplomatic ripples as well. Certainly the comment was meant in innocence. But for those predisposed to the notion that the U.S. is an increasingly arrogant international actor, the suggestion by a presidential candidate that, in this day and age, countries don't invade one another -- when the U.S. is occupying two foreign nations -- does little to alleviate that negative perception.
Originally posted by grover
Mark my word the invasion of Georgia has absolutely nothing to do with a break away provience or anything like that... it has nothing to do with oil or Iran... If Russia gets away with this and it probably will since bush minor has no power left other than to send in Rice and aid... it will start slowly gobbling up each one of its former regions.
This is nothing less than an attempt by Russia to re-establish its empire.
The Czars have returned.
Originally posted by vor78
It was pretty clear that McCain qualified this statement in his following sentence, relating to determining where the blame ultimately lies. In other words, invasions don't occur without provocation or otherwise for a good reason. Its pretty obvious that he wasn't intending to say that invasions don't occur, period.