Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Colin Powell Dismisses McCain on Georgia Russia Conflict.

Colin Powell dismisses McCain's reading of the Georgia/Russia conflict. McCain has always insisted that it doesn't matter how this started but that Russia's reaction was "disproportionate". Powell points out that it does matter who started it and that it was foolish of Saakashvili to do so.

SESNO: So you're saying the Georgians provoked this?

POWELL: They did. I mean, there was a lot of reasons to have provocations in the area, but the match that started the conflagration was from the Georgian side.

AMANPOUR: And yet...

POWELL: And that's a given.

AMANPOUR: And some debate in the presidential elections has basically been, "We are all Georgians now." What does that mean? It's the same as was said after 9/11.

POWELL: One candidate said that, and I'll let the candidate explain it for himself.


I was astonished that McCain's comments on this conflict were taken as seriously as they were, as he was basically talking nonsense. It's nice to see someone with a rounder perspective talking about what actually took place there, rather than the delusional argument which McCain has been putting forward.

I seriously wouldn't be surprised if Powell came out and endorsed Obama.


daveawayfromhome said...

If he does, McCain supporters will just dismiss it as being a race-based decision.

Kel said...

That thought did occur to me after I had posted this Dave!

Ingrid said...

well, race based my ass..he's from the military and served for a very long time. He put distance between him and the Bush administration as he obviously couldn't bear the nonsense and pre-agenda of the neocons..

Kel said...

It will be utter nonsense when they make the claim, Ingrid, but I bet they make it anyway.