|1/11/2010, McCain and Georgia Pres.|
"President Mikheil Saakashvili (left) greets Senator McCain in Batumi."
1/11/2010, "Georgian President Decorates U.S. Senator McCain," Radio Free Europe
"Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has decorated visiting U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain with the Order of the National Hero of Georgia.
At a ceremony in Georgia's Black Sea city of Batumi, Saakashvili praised McCain for his strong support of Georgia during the August 2008 [5 day] Russian-Georgian war. McCain, who at the time was the Republican candidate for the U.S. presidency, repeatedly backed Georgia in the conflict.
|BBC map, 2012|
McCain and two other Republican senators arrived on January 10 in Batumi, where they met separately with Saakashvili and with several Georgian opposition party leaders.
From Batumi, McCain travelled to Zugdidi, where he met today with Hans-Joerg Haber, the head of the European Union Monitoring Mission, and with Georgian refugees from the breakaway region of Abkhazia.
Large numbers of Russian forces have moved into Abkhazia and Georgia's other breakaway region of South Ossetia since a five-day conflict with Georgian forces in August 2008, after which the regions declared their independence.
Moscow recognized them as independent states and has set up military bases in the regions, where it also patrols their administrative boundaries with Georgia proper."
Added: 1/2/2017, McCain obsession with foreign borders and warmongering finds him in Ukraine:
|Jan. 2017, Sen. McCain with Ukraine Pres. and military|
In Ukraine, video published Jan. 2, 2017, "President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, amerikanskimi senators," google translation
President-elect Trump hadn't yet been inaugurated, but Neocon Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain were on the ground in Ukraine in Jan. 2017 with Ukraine President Poroshenko and members of the Ukraine military encouraging "regime change" war with Russia with funding from US taxpayers.
|Sens. McCain and Graham with Ukraine Pres and military|
|Sen. McCain and Ukraine Pres. Poroshenko|
|Sens. McCain and Graham with Ukraine Pres. and soldiers|
2/2/17, "Interfering in Ukraine - A Breach of U.S. Law?"
"Recent news that John McCain and Lindsey Graham made a trip to Ukraine in early January 2017 was rather surprising. What is even more surprising is this commentary from Lindsey Graham and John McCain, made in the presence of Ukraine's President Poroshenko on the front lines of the Ukraine civil war, comments which seems to fly directly in the face of Donald Trump's approach to Russia:
Urging a restart of the stalled Ukrainian civil war, here's what Lindsey Graham had to say:
[At 1:20 in video, following remarks by a Ukraine official, possibly Pres. Poroshenko, dressed in military garb]:
“Your fight is our fight, 2017 will be the year of offense. All of us will go back to Washington and we will push the case against Russia. Enough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price.
Our fight is not with the Russian people but with Putin. Our promise to you is to take your cause to Washington, inform the American people of your bravery and make the case against Putin to the world." [In the video, Lindsey Graham rubs his hands together as he speaks]
John McCain had this to say:
"I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. We have succeeded not because of equipment but because of your courage.
So I thank you and the world is watching because we cannot allow Vladimir Putin to succeed here because if he succeeds here, he will succeed in other countries."...
The comments by both Graham and McCain seem particularly malevolent since they obviously are not making any kind of personal sacrifice in restarting this conflict.
What is even more interesting is a little-known federal law called the Logan Act, dating back to 1799, which reads as follows:
"Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."
In addition, a very influential Supreme Court decision from December 1936, United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corporation looked at the sale of unauthorized/illegal munitions of war and the delicate balance between the powers wielded by the Executive Branch when it acts without congressional authorization in foreign affairs.
Here are the key paragraphs in the decision:
"Not only, as we have shown, is the federal power over external affairs in origin and essential character different from that over internal affairs, but participation in the exercise of the power is significantly limited. In this vast external realm, with its important, complicated, delicate and manifold problems, the President alone has the power to speak or listen as a representative of the nation. He makes treaties with the advice and consent of the Senate; but he alone negotiates. Into the field of negotiation the Senate cannot intrude; and Congress itself is powerless to invade it. As Marshall said in his great argument of March 7, 1800, in the House of Representatives, 'The President is the sole organ of the nation in its external relations, and its sole representative with foreign nations...
The President is the constitutional representative of the United States with regard to foreign nations. He manages our concerns with foreign nations and must necessarily be most competent to determine when, how, and upon what subjects negotiation may be urged with the greatest prospect of success. For his conduct he is responsible to the Constitution. The committee considers this responsibility the surest pledge for the faithful discharge of his duty. They think the interference of the Senate in the direction of foreign negotiations calculated to diminish that responsibility and thereby to impair the best security for the national safety. The nature of transactions with foreign nations, moreover, requires caution and unity of design, and their success frequently depends on secrecy and dispatch." (my bold)
With Donald Trump still being President-elect while the warmongering John McCain and Lindsey Graham were pontificating in Ukraine, it certainly appears that they were not representing the future president and it is highly unlikely that they were representing the last days of the outgoing Obama Administration given that they are both Republicans.
At the very least, it looks like both men were meddling with Trump's moves to soften America's approach to Russia and their interference certainly has the appearance of breaching U.S. laws."
|12/31/2016, KSTP image|
12/31/16 image above from KSTP, "Minnesota Sen. Klobuchar Spends New Year's Eve in Ukraine. "Remaining Images above are screen shots from video in Ukraine over Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017 New Year.