The dumbest conspiracy theory since 911 trutherism comes from - where else? - the brain trust known as the Huffington Post. This is what passes for proof of this bizarre idea:
What is most interesting is that McCain's chief foreign policy aide, Randy Scheunemann, has been advising/ lobbying for pro-western Georgia for the last four years.
Stratfor links to some weird chest-puffing by Sergei Balmasov writing for Pravda, which seems to indicate that this entire Russian exercise is indeed nothing but an attempt to intimidate any would-be NATO members from the former Soviet Union:
First off, Russia has proved to have the army capable of conducting successful operations, in which many Western observers doubted before. Secondly, the Russians have showed that they can defeat the forces trained by US advisors. Finally, Russia has shown that the USA and NATO do not find themselves in the situation when they can interfere into a conflict from the military point of view.
Balmasov then goes on to blame the Republicans:
The Republicans organized the provocation to portray Russia as a monster on the globe on the threshold of the November elections.
Pravda, in another editorial, managed to blame Israel and compare the Georgians to Hitler all in the same jaw-dropping paragraph:
Georgian troops attempted to storm the city much as Hitler‘s Panzer divisions blazed through Europe. Also noteworthy is the fact that Georgian tanks and infantry were being aided by Israeli advisors, a true indicator that this conflict was instigated by outside forces.
I hope this 'theory' gets wide play. It shows that leftists are true to their roots in using Soviet logic to explain world events.
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit, who gets in this great jab at Obama - "Any outbreak in global insecurity plays into the hands of John McCain."