Obama Advisers Rip Mac Plan to Expel Russia From G-8
Proposal 'unrealistic as it would be counterproductive,' Albright, Perry say
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2008 6:00 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain.   (AP Photo/David Kohl)
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(Newser) – John McCain is off-base in his suggestion Russia should be booted from the Group of 8, two former Clinton cabinet officials—and current Obama advisers—write in the Los Angeles Times. Sure, Moscow has departed from democracy, Madeline Albright and William Perry allow, but the US stands a better chance of changing the nation's ways if it's not hung up on “symbolism and protocol.”

The Republican "does not say what this would accomplish other than dramatizing, for a moment, our disappointment with Russia's domestic policies," they write. The US needs to work with Russia on terrorism, containing Iran and securing nukes, and ending Moscow’s “exposure to the influence of the world’s leading democracies” is definitely not the answer.