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McCain adviser re-writes history of McCain’s ‘impossible’ and ‘dumb’ plan to kick Russia out of the G8.

By Matt Corley  

"McCain adviser re-writes history of McCain’s ‘impossible’ and ‘dumb’ plan to kick Russia out of the G8."

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In October 2007, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrote about the G8 in Foreign Affairs, saying “it should include Brazil and India but exclude Russia.” Now, an anonymous “McCain adviser” tells Reuters that McCain’s October 2007 comment “doesn’t reflect where he is right now” and is just “a holdover from an earlier period.” But that “earlier period” apparently includes March 2008, since McCain made the same argument then in a major speech on foreign policy:

We should start by ensuring that the G-8, the group of eight highly industrialized states, becomes again a club of leading market democracies: it should include Brazil and India but exclude Russia.

After McCain argued for kicking Russia out of the G8 in March, foreign policy experts panned the idea, with one “senior U.S. official” calling it “impossible” and “just a dumb thing.”

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