McCain Watch: Foreign Policy & Plagiarism 101

Reaction to the fighting in Georgia over the past week serve as a sort of preview of McCain’s abilities and ideology concerning that part of the world. And it ain’t good, folks:

Mr. McCain has called for expelling what he has called a “revanchist Russia” from meetings of the Group of 8, the organization of leading industrialized nations.

His hard line has been derided as provocative, and possibly dangerous, by some so-called realist foreign policy experts, who warn that isolating Russia would do little to encourage it to change.

Why so hard on Russia?

Mr. McCain’s top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, lobbied on behalf of the Georgian government until March, and Mr. McCain has long embraced Georgia’s efforts to move toward joining NATO, which has been seen as part of a broader strategy to contain Russia by admitting its old satellites and former Soviet republics into the alliance.

Vladimir Putin is clearly still the one calling the shots in Russia. Well, you may say that McCain and his staff are “experts” and have access to more information than you or I, so who are we to questions their thoughts on matters like this. But actually no, it turns out that they use teh internets, too!

A Wikipedia editor notices some similarities between Sen. John McCain’s speech today on the crisis in Georgia and the Wikipedia article on the country Georgia. They appear similar enough that most people would consider parts of McCain’s speech to be derived directly from Wikipedia.

Yes, I use Wikipedia. But I cite it as a source, and I don’t copy and paste their words and put them forth as my own. For example, this is what the editor found:

one of the first countries in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion (Wikipedia)
one of the world’s first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion (McCain)

That’s just wrong. It’s lazy, and it shows the lack of substantive knowledge about the region. Do we really want a foreign policy that’s derived from Wikipedia?



  1. I already gave him an “F” at my place.

    Can’t wait to see if the Bootlicking Corporate Media types (other than MSNBC) give this story any play…

  2. They haven’t given it much play when he has been wrong about the Sunnis and the Shia, when he referred to Czechoslovakia recently.

    Will we follow up one poor student with another?

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