Is this allowed?

AP treats the scandal about McCain’s foreign policy adviser lobbying for foreign governments as … as scandal. I thought that was against the rules.
Meantime, Saakashvili wants McCain to pass from words to deeds, and wants American troops as peacekeepers. Would McCain send them?

I thought it was against the Associated Press charter to cover a McCain scandal as a McCain scandal. Scheunemann was paid to lobby McCain (and his partner in a two-man firm is still being paid to lobby McCain) not only by Georgia but also by Macedonia,Romania, Latvia. and Taiwan.

Oh, yeah, and Scheunemann is a lunatic neocon warmonger. (The story says that almost in so many words.)

Pete Yost must have thought he was posting to Daily Kos. But I’ll take more of the same, thanks.

And Saakashvili seems to agree with me that Scheunemann owes him a refund. Saakashvili (that would be McCain’s friend “Misha”) said on CNN that it was nice to hear from McCain that Americans are “all Georgians now,” but: “Well, very nice, you know, very cheering for us to hear that, but OK, it’s time to pass from words to deeds.” Now that’s a very interesting idea.

What “deeds” does McCain propose? Misha wants American peacekeepers, which could mean direct confrontation between U.S. and Russian forces. Would McCain send them? And risk war?

Meantime, In the real world, Russian tanks are still heading south from South Ossetia through Georgia proper, with banditti coming in behind them burning, looting, and killing, and kidnapping children.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com