December 19, 2013
If past experience is any guide, Kiev’s Euromaidan protesters should not rely on promises of future American support especially if these promises come from high-level U.S. politicians.
By James Carden
James Carden served as an Advisor to the US-Russia Presidential Commission at the US State Department. Since then, he has contributed articles on US-Russia policy to The National Interest and The Moscow Times.
During Russia’s brief war with the Republic of Georgia in August 2008, the Republican nominee for President Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) announced with exaggerated solemnity that ‘we are all Georgians now.’
What exactly he thought he meant by that remains unclear; soon after, however, it was revealed that his chief foreign policy adviser, a neoconservative by the name of Randy Scheunemann, was also a paid lobbyist for the Georgian government. The 2008 war, as is by now well known, was set off by Mikheil Saakashvili, who took promises of U.S. support in the event of a confrontation with Russia from the likes of McCain and his fellow neoconservatives at face value.
Not content with his very questionable track record with regard to developments in the post-Soviet space, Sen. McCain made the journey to Kiev this past weekend to address the protesters in Maidan Square, where he assured the crowd: “This is about you no one else… this is about the future of your country, the future you deserve. The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you.”