Between Jan. 1, 2007, and May 15, 2008, while Scheunemann was also a paid McCain advisor, Georgia paid his firm $290,000 in lobbying fees.
And what did Georgia get in return? Well, no troops, that's for sure. But they got Scheunemann's (expensive) pledge to garner U.S. support for Georgia's admission to NATO and for its claims to South Ossetia, and his commitment to use his ties to politicians such as McCain to advance Georgia's causes. McCain has sponsored legislation supporting Georgia's claims over South Ossetia, an issue on which he was lobbied by Scheunemann's firm. And as recently as mid-April, Scheunemann was simultaneously taking money from Georgia and actively preparing McCain for supportive calls with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
Is it any wonder that Saakashvili concluded that he had the backing of the U.S. Republican power structure when it came to South Ossetia?
The reader then writes:
Is there anything bad that has happened in the world in the last century that Brooks doesn't blame on the United States -- and particularly the Republican Party, with special emphasis on George Bush?
I haven't done the research, but I feel confident that she blames the U.S. for the Soviet invasions of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan and probably the downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 too.
He's right about one thing: he hasn't done the research.