Today in York, Pennsylvania, John McCain gave a speech supporting the “tiny democracy” of Georgia with certainty and with no equivocation.
My friends, we learned at great cost the price of allowing aggression against free nations to go unchecked. With our allies, we must stand in united purpose to persuade the Russian government to withdraw its troops from Georgia. There must be an independent, international peacekeeping force in the separatist regions. And we should ensure that humanitarian aid can be airlifted to Georgia’s capital, and stand ready to help our Georgian partners put their country back together. And we must make clear to Russia’s leaders that the benefits they enjoy from being part of the civilized world require their respect for the values, stability, and piece of that world.
My friends, today the killing goes on and aggression goes on. Yet, I know from speaking this morning to the President of Georgia, Misha Saakashvili, who I’ve known for many years, that he knows that the thoughts and the prayers and support of the American people are with that brave little nation as they struggle today for their freedom and independence. And he wanted me to say thank you to you, to give you his heartfelt thanks for the support of the American people for this tiny little democracy far away from the United States of America. And I told him that I know I speak for every American when I say to him, today, we are all Georgians.
And here’s the YouTube.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili rallied his people in Tblisi this afternoon, and boosted their spirits thusly (translated):
“Today, John McCain said that Americans are supporting Georgia. McCain said, we are Georgians today, everybody are Georgians today.”
That is priceless. In a time of despair, the leader of a steadfast but invaded American ally takes heart in the words of John McCain. From a leadership standpoint, from a moral standpoint, John McCain has proven again that he has the experience and the character to lead this country.
Obama? I’ll quote John Hinderaker at Powerline, who expressed it wonderfully:
While Obama initially parroted the Russian line, so that he was soon required to flip-flop–what a surprise!–McCain saw the crisis from the beginning as a clear case of Russian aggression, and understood the strategic implications of that aggression.
Politically, there is no way Axelrod, provided he is still sane, would not trade a skillion screaming Germans for the respect, solidarity, and thanks of this one leader of a tiny former Soviet Republic whom President Reagan helped to free.
Oh, I know: John McCain wears $500 shoes, right? Nice try, Chuckie, but all the flashy doublespeak in the world cannot transform what is only second-rate.