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McCain's top foreign policy advisor, Randy Scheunemann, was involved with The Project For The New American Century, one of whose projects was Iraq.  Until Feb. '08  he was a paid lobbyist for the Government of Georgia and had also worked for Romania and other former Soviet client states.

So far The New American Century has gotten off to a rocky start.  There is something these guys don't seem to understand about Realpolitik.  I think it has to do with the Real part.

In the October 14, 2004 NYT Magazine, Ron Suskind wrote of an encounter with an aide of GWB:

"The aide said that guys like me were 'in what we called the reality-based community,' which he defined as people who 'believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'  I noddwed and murmered something about Enlightenment principles and empiricism.  He cut me orr.  'That's not the way the world really works anymore,' he continued. 'We're an empire now, and when we act we create our own reality.  And while you're studying that reality--judiciously as you will--we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out.  We're history's actors...and you, all of you, will be left to study what we do.'"
(Courtesy of George Lakoff's The Political Mind, p.40.)

For a long time they were right, despite the contemptuous arrogance the aide displayed.  From marketing and other consumers of brain science, they were able to run circles around their baffled opponents, i.e. us.  What they neglected to note or to remember is that their evil magic only works in the anglo world.  It is the most malignant metastasis of "The Anglo Disease."

The Russians could give a fuck about how well their little spells worked on the American and British public.  Didn't work on them.  The Bush Administration  apparently thought that their "new reality creation" techniques were so good that they didn't need to have any available force in order to engage in Realpolitik in Georgia.  Putin has shown that they were wrong.  We should be glad that so little damage has been done in the process of that revelation. This is not to minimize the suffering of the Georgians, but it could have been and may yet be worse.

The important think is that more people become aware of just what has happened.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Aug 14th, 2008 at 10:10:28 PM EST
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