This is from USA Today. But make sure to read below the quote, as he has played a much larger role in the corruption of our government and McCain’s ability to reason, which I cover in The Real McCain:
WASHINGTON — John McCain’s top foreign policy adviser lobbied the Arizona senator’s staff on behalf of the republic of Georgia while he was working for the campaign, public records show.
Randy Scheunemann, founder of Orion Strategies, represented the governments of Macedonia, Georgia and Taiwan between 2003 and March 1, according to the firm’s filings with the Justice Department. In its latest semiannual report, the firm disclosed that Scheunemann had a phone conversation in November about Georgia with Richard Fontaine, an aide in McCain’s Senate office.
Orion Strategies earned $540,000 from its foreign clients over the year ending on Dec. 1, reports show. Scheunemann also received $56,250 last year from March to July from McCain, according to campaign finance records.
The campaign consulting fees ended at a time when McCain was under financial pressure to cut costs, but Scheunemann remained the campaign’s top foreign policy adviser. He represented McCain throughout last fall — including an appearance at a Republican Jewish Coalition event during the same week he lobbied McCain’s Senate office.
I promised more. Now you get it. Again, from The Real McCain:
Scheunemann, is largely credited with bringing McCain into the neoconservative fold and creating the rogue-state rollback strategy. Beginning in 2000, when Scheunemann became a key advisor, McCain sought to distinguish himself from other Republican presidential candidates and House isolationists. McCain began reading the Murdoch-owned Weekly Standard and conferring with its editors, especially Bill Kristol.3
Scheunemann joined Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz on another bright idea: giving approximately $350,000 per month in taxpayer money to Iraqi National Congress kingpin Ahmad Chalabi. As we now know, Chalabi lied to the United States about Saddam Hussein’s capabilities and purportedly passed on classified U.S. intelligence to his friends in Iran. The thought that Scheunemann — also a former aide to Trent Lott and Donald Rumsfeld — might one day become a national se-curity advisor in a McCain administration is sobering.
That is who you want at NSA. Someone who convinced McCain that missions like Iraq were a good idea, trusted Ahmad Chalabi with your taxpayer money while Chalabi was exaggerating the threat in Iraq so we could go to war there and worked for a guy (Lott) who wished a segregationist (Strom Thurmond) had been elected president.
Then their is Scheunemann’s having advised Rumsfeld, who McCain likes to now claim he has always criticized. Making one of Rumsfeld’s top guys your top foreign policy advisor is a funny way of showing it. So while McCain said this:
We are paying a very heavy price for the mismanagement — that’s the kindest word I can give you — of Donald Rumsfeld, of this war…The price is very, very heavy and I regret it enormously.
Perhaps he is proving, by literally making Scheunemann his foreign policy brain, that the other McCain, the one that said this:
Secretary Rumsfeld and I have had our differences…He deserves Americans’ respect and gratitude for his many years of public service.
That is who The Real McCain is these days.
Just so this doesn’t get lost, let me state it again. Scheunemann is the guy credited with selling McCain on neo-conservatism and "rogue-state rollback" of the Iraq-failure kind. Elect McCain, and we get the man behind Rumsfeld and many, many bad neo-conservative ideas. Of course, he was not too much of a "hawk" to lobby McCain from inside his campaign for his client, the country of Georgia. And what does the State Department have to say about human rights in Georgia?:
The Government’s human rights record remained poor; although there were improvements in some areas, serious problems remained. Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) blamed two deaths in custody on physical abuse. NGOs reported that police brutality continued, and in certain areas increased. Law enforcement officers continued to torture, beat, and otherwise abuse detainees. Corruption in law enforcement agencies decreased, but remained a problem. Arbitrary arrest and detention remained problems, as did lack of accountability. The judiciary system continued to lack true independence, and the executive branch and prosecutors’ offices continued to exert undue influence on judges. There were lengthy delays in trials, and prolonged pretrial detention remained a problem.
Law enforcement agencies and other government bodies occasionally interfered with citizens’ right to privacy. The press generally was free; however, journalists practiced increased self-censorship. In the beginning of the year, security forces violently dispersed several peaceful rallies and placed participants in pretrial detention. While violence against religious minorities decreased, Government officials continued to tolerate discrimination and harassment against some religious minorities. Violence against women was a problem. Trafficking for the purpose of forced labor and sexual exploitation was a problem.
But he wasn’t for preemptively attacking them. After all, they were paying him.