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My friends, let me give you some straight talk.
The GOP presidential candidate, John McCain, not the sharpest utility blade in the pack, takes advice, mostly, from lobbyists. Lobbyists like Randy Scheunemann.
John McCain's chief foreign policy adviser and his business partner lobbied the senator or his staff on 49 occasions in a 3 1/2-year span while being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.
On April 17, a month and a half after Scheunemann stopped working for Georgia, his partner signed a $200,000 agreement with the Georgian government. The deal added to an arrangement that brought in more than $800,000 to the two-man firm from 2004 to mid-2007. For the duration of the campaign, Scheunemann is taking a leave of absence from the firm.
This helps to explain why McCain has been acting like Dr. Evil, waxing all crazy-like with his over-the-top wild-eyed nonsense about Russia and what big, bad, and bankrupt America was going to do about Russia's breach of Georgian sovereignty.
McCain is being advised by a neo-con charter member who has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from.....surprise.....Georgia.
Scheunemann's lobbying firm is one of three that he has operated since 1999, with clients including BP Amoco, defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. and the National Rifle Association.
Big Oil, Big Defense and Big Gun. When McCain picks 'em, he doesn't want to leave any doubt about what in the hell he and his radical, extremist neo-conservatives stand for. Randy Scheuenemann is one of the original neo-conservatives....
Scheunemann is part of the community of neoconservatives who relentlessly pushed for war in Iraq.
In the months before the war began, Scheuenemann ran the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, set up in November 2002 when public support for the looming invasion was eroding.
Before that, Scheunemann was on board with the Project for the New American Century, whose letter to Bush nine days after the Sept. 11 attacks pointed to Iraq as a possible link to the terrorists.
Scheunemann was among the letter's 37 signers, a Who's Who of neoconservative luminaries including William Kristol and Richard Perle. Link
McCain has picked Scheuenmann as one of his foreign policy advisors. Scheuenemann believes and espouses the neo-conservative, pre-emptive wars of choice doctrine first implementd by Mr. 28%. Scheuenmann is a signee of the PNAC letter demanding an unprovoked attack on Iraq in 1999. He had to wait a few years until George and Dick fulfilled that demand, finally accomplished by propagandizing and lying to the American public.
Now candidate McCain is taking foreign policy advice from a neo-con lobbyist taking money from Georgia which leads to McCain waxing all belligerent and threatening in his words towards Russia, another oil rich country.....just like Iraq.
Much was made by the Knee Padders in the main media about Barack Obama's relationship with his pastor. Even though Obama distanced himself repeatedly and decisively from some of the Rev. Wright's more excitable diatribes....it was never enough....and I'm certain we haven't heard the last of this relationship, either. But a glaring conflict of interest by John McCain's head foreign policy advisor...leading to McCain's bellicose and insane threatenings.....not to mention McCain's presumptuousness, acting like he's the president.....is, somehow, mysteriously explained by those same Knee Padders as McCain being strong on foreign policy.
If Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and William Kristol are your idea of what patriots look like....then by all means....vote for the maverick neo-con lobbyist lover, John McCain, this November. If, however, you believe that those men listed, have done immeasurable damage to America with Iraq, preventable damage.....and therefore should never control our foreign policy or military ever again....then vote for Barack Obama.