Rube Goldbergavich Device

Forget Russian nukes, it’s time to focus on proliferation of convoluted crackpot theories. In an interview with CNN, Vladimir Putin accused George W. Bush of encouraging Georgia to attack South Ossetia to in turn provoke Russia to respond, which would in turn support John McCain’s presidential aspirations by playing into McCain’s Cold War era rhetoric. Woah.

While it’s true that irresponsible and half-baked U.S. posturing probably emboldened Georgia to attack (like when John McCain responded to Putin’s April dictate of support for South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and “telephoned [Georgian president] Mr. Saakashvili to offer support, and then told reporters on April 17 that ‘we must not allow Russia to believe it has a free hand to engage in policies that undermine Georgian sovereignty.'”)

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