I am sufficiently concerned about John McCain and his foreign policy creds to write a blurb about his anti-Russia rhetoric and its likely effect now that Russia is on a rampage in Georgia.
My colleague Lisa Lerer, traveling with McCain, sends over his tough comments on the escalation in Georgia:
In a statement at the Des Moines airport, John McCain called on Russia to “immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovreign Georgian territory.”
He asked the United States and EU to put diplomatic pressure on Russia “to reverse this perilous course that it has chosen.”
McCain also called on the U.S. to convene an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council, but that already took place this morning at Russia’s request.
In keeping with McCain’s hard-line tack toward Moscow, this is far tougher language than that from the Bush administration.
“We urge restraint on all sides — that violence would be curtailed and that direct dialogue could ensue in order to help resolve their differences,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino.
Does McCain have the ability, restraint and mindset to actually put America on a sure foreign policy footing given the latest events? His vitriolic statement seems to say no.