August 13th, 2008
03:28 PM ET

McCain: Georgia conflict won't 're-ignite the Cold War'

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Peter Hamby
CNN Political Producer

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.


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  1. David

    I am confused about all of this and the media is not helping me or the American public. Let's see, who attacked whom? It seems that Georgia invaded this disputed territory and people in this disputed territory call on their neighbor to help them out. Russia supported their neighbor due to Georgia reckless actions, where thousands of people died and we here in the west is getting a picture painted to us that Russia is the bad guy. Let's say this was Mexico attacking New Mexico, what would the US do? It's amazing with all the access to content in this GREAT COUNTRY; we are still treated like we were a bunch of incompetent.

    We are playing war games with a country that has the ability to inflict serious damage of us or our allies and the media is playing this game right along with the players. That’s not good, next time, the guy that is not in the loop for the memo will pull the switch and the world will never be the same.

    August 14, 2008 at 9:11 am |
  2. jabril

    John mccain is talking real tough but he knows that reality is i hope unless he wants to get us into another war but instead of a third world dictator now we will fighting a nation that has 5 thousand nuclear weapons in its arsenal. Has anyone ever heard of a ss 18 its a russian made thermo nuclear missle which can reach any american city in 30 min and kill about a million people out right so lets stop pretending that john mccain is this bad ass who is gonna send in a american invasion force to conquer russia. America is a nuclear power also but no one wins a nuclear war. No ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 at 2:35 am |
  3. andy

    I tell You why Bush might not pay for his crimes.
    United States is devided by two oceans from rest of the world and he knows that his people are not going to do anything to make him pay for past 7 years of action. The same goes to rest of his past and current administration. United States has a clever system when it comes to brain wash their citizens.
    Rest of the world would have to invade US to get to those people just as Bush invaded Iraq to make Saddam pay for his sins. Ironic huh?

    I'm Young person and it is sad for me to see what this country is going towards.We did not learn from the past: Japan, Vietnam and Iraq went by and nothing changed.
    Somehow second world war and Auschwitz made me and millions of others who saw this place realize that political, financial ,ego are not worth someone else blod.

    I think every government official should at least once go there and feel lost souls that might never rest in peace and every time you have urge for war just come back and see it again what might be left after.

    I learned that christianity is not the best religion in the wolrd. Just from history we killed more than any other religion.
    I'm sure they will someday pay for that to whom might exist after our lifes.

    August 14, 2008 at 12:44 am |
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