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 'McCain 09' by Guest Historian Chris Oakley
Guest Historian Guest Historian Chris Oakley says, Thank you for visiting TIAH. In this thread we speculate on how a McCain Administration might have played out if John McCain had won the 2008 US presidential elections. If you're interested in viewing samples of my other work why not visit the Changing the Times web site.


January 20

John McCain

On this day in 2009, former Arizona senator John McCain was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

John McCain - US President
US President


July 16

On this day in 2009, at Cape Canaveral ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, President John McCain signed into law the Space Commerce & Business Act, a legislative initiative that aimed to encourage private companies to take greater interest in the economic possibilities of spaceflight by offering tax incentives to businesses that spent more than 15% of their annual R&D budgets on space technology.

John McCain
John McCain - US President
US President


October 19

On this day in 2010, British prime minister Gordon Brown stated that he would back the McCain Administration in its efforts to defend Guyana against invasion by the Hugo Chavez regime in Venezuela.

 - Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez


October 8

On this day in 2010, President John McCain received word from his intelligence advisors that the CIA had obtained credible evidence suggesting Venezuelan ruler Hugo Chavez was making plans to invade Guyana before the end of the year.

 - Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez


October 10
John McCain

On this day in 2010, President John McCain met with the Guyanan ambassador to the US and gave his personal guarantee the United States would use all the resources at its disposal to defend Guyana against threats of invasion by Hugo Chavez's Venezuela.

John McCain - US President
US President


October 11

On this day in 2010, Vice-President Sarah Palin appeared on 'Meet the Press' to denounce Hugo Chavez's refusal to back off his threat to invade Guyana.                        

Vice President
Vice President - Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin


October 14
Defense Secretary

On this day in 2010, Defense Secretary and former C-in-C of US forces in Iraq David Petraeus convened an emergency meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to map out a military strategy for opposing Hugo Chavez's plans to invade Guyana.

Defense Secretary - David Petraeus
David Petraeus


October 17

On this day in 2010, Cuban president Raul Castro declared that his country stood firmly behind Venezuela in Hugo Chavez's showdown with the McCain Administration over Guyana.

Raul Castro
Raul Castro - Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez


October 21

On this day in 2010, the Organization of American States voted unanimously to suspend Venezuela's membership in the regional body.

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October 22

On this day in 2010, Russian leader Dmitri Medvedev condemned the McCain Administration's stance on Guyana.

 - Dmitry Medvedev
Dmitry Medvedev


October 24

On this day in 2010, French president Nicholas Sarkozy announced that his country would support a US-sponsored United Nations resolution calling for Hugo Chavez to immediately cancel his plans to invade Guyana.

French President
French President - Nikolas Sarkozy
Nikolas Sarkozy


October 27
John McCain

On this day in 2010, two Venezuelan army divisions attempted to cross the Guyanan border and were turned back by Guyanan troops.

Within minutes of that thwarted attack, US planes were launching airstrikes against major military and command/control targets across Venezuela.

John McCain - US President
US President


October 28

On this day in 2010, US and Guyanan troops crossed the border into Venezuela.

 - Flag of Guyana
Flag of Guyana


October 30

On this day in 2010, US Secretary of Defense David Petraeus held a press conference at the Pentagon to report that US forces were engaging the Venezuelan army near Angel Falls.

Defense Secretary
Defense Secretary - David Petraeus
David Petraeus


January 22
C-in-C

On this day in 2009, the US Senate voted unanimously to confirm former C-in-C of US forces in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus as Secretary of Defense.

C-in-C - David Petraeus
David Petraeus


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