http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/rss.aspx?blogid=4 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:19:11 GMT Fri, 22 Mar 2019 23:19:11 GMT Trump Blocks Bolton, Reverses New North Korea Sanctions 21st Century Wire http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/march/22/trump-blocks-bolton-reverses-new-north-korea-sanctions/

In a tweet on Friday, President Trump announced that “additional large-scale sanctions” by the US Treasury that had been added to already existing set of sanctions – were now off the table.

It is not clear yet why the President has seemingly undercut his National Security Adviser John Bolton, but it’s possible we could be witnessing a serious fissure in the internal workings of the White House power structure.

Prior to this, Bolton took to Twitter to crow about the harsh new sanctions on North Korea had described the treasury sanctions at the time as “important” and that “the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices.” After that announcement, North Korea suddenly withdrew from the inter-Korean liaison office located at the North Korean border city of Kaesong. The office is a recent diplomacy initiative which allows officials from North and South Korea to communicate on a regularly.

Trump then seemed to re-establish his authority over the situation, and quite possibly in a desperate bid to rescue a deteriorating peace deal with Pyongyang:
It is believed that the sanctions in question refer to the Treasury Department’s move to blacklist two China-based shipping companies for reportedly violating sanctions against North Korea.

Thus far, Pyongyang has made no comment on Washington’s sudden reverse pivot on the matter.

Antiwar.com reports…
Just one day after the Treasury Department announced new North Korea sanctions, centered on a pair of Chinese shipping companies, President Trump announced in a Tweet that he is ordering the withdrawal of those same sanctions.
The new sanctions were meant to be related to shipping companies buying North Korean coal in violation of US sanctions. The administration has yet to offer any clarity on why Trump overruled the Treasury Department on that matter.

A lot of the media is generally hostile to pursuing diplomacy with North Korea, and was quick to try to chalk this up as weakness on Trump’s part, and to suggest that his decision must have been arbitrary and not planned at all.

Yet that too is just a guess, because the administration is not very transparent on its decision-making process or its thinking behind such moves. It certainly is worth asking if this represents a split between Trump and the Treasury Department, however, or some broader disagreement into US-North Korea policy.

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Nikki Haley Named to Boeing Board - Lew Rockwell 'Sickened' Daniel McAdams http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/february/28/nikki-haley-named-to-boeing-board-lew-rockwell-sickened/ I guess she can bring more money to the military-industrial complex. I guess she's got enough connections that she can bring more contracts to Boeing, which is already immensely rich from killing people and destroying cities and civilizations. And maybe she's going to help them do more of that. Noting that Nikki Haley "hated Trump's guts" before he appointed her to be UN Ambassador, Rockwell lamented that President Trump seems determined to pick all these neocons who hated his guts and who may still hate his guts to top positions in his administration. To Rockwell it's "criminal" that someone like Nikki Haley can make so much money - directly and indirectly - from the American people by doing all the horrible things she's done. 

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Trump’s Latest Neocon Adviser Assigned Task of Overthrowing Maduro in Venezuela Kurt Nimmo http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/29/trump-s-latest-neocon-adviser-assigned-task-of-overthrowing-maduro-in-venezuela/

Donald Trump is no different than his predecessors. During the campaign, he said whatever he had to in order to get elected. He promised to close down the neocon foreign wars and also fight the “deep state” by draining the swamp. 

Obama also promised to end the neocon wars, but that was said with the same insincerity as his predecessor, George W. Bush, who said in 2000 he wasn’t into nation building and foreign entanglements. 

It is now obvious, with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s appointment of convicted criminal Elliott Abrams as his “point person” on Venezuela, that the neocons have taken full control of Trump’s foreign policy. 

“This crisis in Venezuela is deep and difficult and dangerous and I can’t wait to get to work on it,” said Abrams after Pompeo made the announcement.

Recall the role Mr. Abrams played during the Reagan years. He helped fund the Contras in Nicaragua and is linked to the 1982 El Mozote massacre of hundreds of civilians in El Salvador. It was later estimated by a UN truth commission that 85 percent of the abuses during the civil war in El Salvador were committed by military death squads assisted by the Reagan administration. 

Abrams has experience overthrowing governments not following the neoliberal master plan. In 2002, during the Bush neocon regime, Abrams worked on a failed Venezuelan coup. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was jailed. Supporters and a loyal military freed Chávez and likely saved him from what would later be known as the Gaddafi method of deposing disfavored leaders refusing to follow neoliberal strictures as pushed by the Council on Foreign Relations where Abrams is a senior fellow. 

Rex Tillerson wanted to bring Abrams on board at the State Department, but Trump wouldn’t go for it because Abrams opposed his election and was a prominent fixture of the Never Trump movement. Now that Tillerson is gone—after characterizing Trump as a moron, but for the wrong reason—and neocons Pompeo and Bolton are in place, we can conclude that the neocon takeover of the Trump administration is all but complete. The final act is impeaching or forcing Trump’s resignation so the more amenable (for neocons) Christian Zionist Mike Pence can sit on the ceremonial throne. 

“Next time, in 2020, we’ll have had 12 years of Obama and Clinton, Hillary will be in her mid-seventies, Trump will be gone, and a new generation of Republican leaders like Rubio and Cruz and Ryan and Cotton and Haley and Sasse will still be in their forties,” Abrams said in 2016. 

Trump will be left to fight off endless attacks by Democrats trying to unseat him. His major campaign promise—to build the wall—will go unrealized and he will go down as one of the more ineffective presidents in US history. 

Meanwhile, US foreign policy continues uninterrupted, never mind the minor turbulence of Trump declaring (again) that he will get US troops out of Syria and Afghanistan. 

Bolton, Pompeo, and Abrams are in control. The wars will continue, expand—adding Iran and Venezuela to the forever war roster—and the people will be left to stand on the sidelines, ill-informed and distracted by lesser staged events. 

“We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors… and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do,” said Karl Rove, the Bush administration fixer and former Nixon dirty trickster. 

It is unknown at this point what the neocon triumvirate—Bolton, Pompeo, Abrams—will do in regard to Venezuela. For now, the US has declared the “military option” (of murder and mayhem) is “on the table” in response to re-election of Nicholás Maduro. The heavy lifting will be left to the Lima Group—Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru—and these countries may be used to inflict a “humanitarian intervention” on the people of Venezuela. 

The Organization of American States has not backed the neocon and Lima Group effort to evict Maduro and return the oil-rich nation to the neoliberal orbit. It cites the OAS Charter of 1948. Article 19, Chapter IV states: “No State or group of States has the right to intervene, directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State. The foregoing principle prohibits not only armed force but also any other form of interference or attempted threat against the personality of the State or against its political, economic, and cultural elements.”

For a large number of Trump supporters, making America Great Again means continuing the imperial objectives of the empire—installing preferred satraps (Juan Guaidó in Venezuela) or those tolerable to Wall Street and the Chicago School version of neoliberalism. 

The hypocrisy is palatable. Trump and his diehard supporters stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Democrat “Resistance” and the “liberal” media in regard to Venezuela. “It is revealing how the supposedly anti-Trump media have closed ranks and are marching in lockstep with the administration when it comes to overthrowing Washington’s official enemies. The media are not opposing Trump or tyranny; they are enabling it,” writes Alan MacLeod

There is very little pushback inside the United States over these grossly illegal and immoral interventions. The Trump faithful has demonstrated repeatedly there are few differences between them and the “libtards” when the issue is supporting the financial elite and their crimes. 

War becomes “humanitarian” when you put the right face on it. That’s why Obama got away with killing Gaddafi in Libya and destroying Syria while maintaining the empire’s footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like Reagan, he excelled at manipulating the American public.

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Pompeo: US 'Absolutely Not' Getting Out of the Middle East Robert Wenzel http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/21/pompeo-us-absolutely-not-getting-out-of-the-middle-east/

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is "absolutely not" getting out of the Middle East.

"We’re a force for good," Pompeo said in an interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group according to The Hill. "The notion of get out doesn’t frankly – doesn’t capture what it is the Trump administration is intending to do. This is about protecting Americans, and we will do the things we need to do to protect America."

Pompeo reiterated that the decision to pull roughly 2,000 troops out of Syria is a "tactical" change that he insisted will not affect the U.S. mission in the region.

"We still have enormous reach there," he said. "We have the capability to do this. And most importantly, we have the direction from the commander, President Trump, to continue this fight. And even as we sit here today, even as we’re sitting in this room, the campaign in Syria against ISIS continues."

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After the Shutdown of 'The Weekly Standard' Neocons Grab Lefty Money to Stay Alive Robert Wenzel http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/11/after-the-shutdown-of-the-weekly-standard-neocons-grab-lefty-money-to-stay-alive/

The neocons are back in action with a new media outfit after the collapse of The Weekly Standard.

A new online news site, The Bulwark, was launched on Monday.

It features many neocons from the recently shut down TWS.

Charles Sykes, formerly a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, is editor-in-chief, Bill Kristol founder of  The Weekly Standard, is editor-at-large, a position he recently held at TWS.

Other TWS staff joining The Bulwark include Rachael Larimore, Jim Swift, Benjamin Parker, Hannah Yoest, Andrew Egger and Jonathan Last —along with new writers and new contributors who were not affiliated with TWS.

But here is the thing, The Bulwark is a project of the Defending Democracy Together Institute.

DDTI is a 501(c)(3) organization. It has been financed in part by left-wing mega-donor Pierre Omidyar. He has donated at least $600,000 in two grants via his 501(c)(4) group Democracy Fund Voice.

DDTI  was also awarded $150,000 from the left-leaning William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in September 2018. The grant was paid to the Institute through DonorsTrust.

In other words, ever the opportunists, the neocons have are now cozying up with the left to get sponsors to promote their "American exceptionalism," which is essentially a call for war everywhere on earth.

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Return of the Neocons Stephen Wertheim http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2019/january/08/return-of-the-neocons/

Two years ago, as Donald Trump ascended to the presidency, you might have thought that, if nothing else, neoconservatives had finally been put out to pasture. In the campaign, Trump had blasted the neocons’ signature policy, the war in Iraq, as a “big fat mistake,” and repudiated their ostensible program of turning nations into liberal democracies. He paid no political price with voters, and probably the opposite, as white evangelicals once drawn to George W. Bush’s “freedom agenda” flocked to Trump in record numbers.

Even allowing for Trump’s opportunism and inconsistencies, his election victory appeared to deal a double blow to the neoconservative persuasion. It not only broke the neocons’ hold on the Republican Party, but also, in the same stroke, revealed that they lacked a popular constituency. There they were, free-floating pundits, alone and exposed—neither intellectually credible nor politically representative.

Why, given this development, would Republican politicians respond by once again seeking out the neocons’ counsel? Why, far less, would Democrats? And why would much of the news media, grappling with historic levels of public distrust, accept neoconservatives and neoconservatism as the baseline for foreign policy analysis?

Yet exactly this has happened. Today, neoconservatives are riding high once more, in the White House, on Capitol Hill, in the most prominent organs of opinion. The Weekly Standard may have shuttered, but anti-Trump neocons enjoy increasing influence in the center of the Republican and Democratic parties and in publications like The Atlantic and The Washington Post. Others, meanwhile—call them neo-neoconservatives, or post-neoconservatives—are busy making policy in the Trump administration. They’ve gone with Trump for good reason. Although he is repudiating the export of liberal democracy and degrading its practice at home, Trump is also reasserting the American right’s pugnacious antipathy to “globalism.” He is acting as many within the neocon firmament have long favored, positioning the United States against a vicious world and fetishizing brute force in response.

As a result, Trump has forced neoconservatives to decide, for the first time, whether they are more against “totalitarianism” or “globalism.” If anti-totalitarians take Trump to be perverting what they hold dear, anti-globalist neocons have found in Trump a kindred spirit and vehicle for power. Yet, even as they are fracturing, neocons are flourishing. They have bypassed the political wilderness and vaulted themselves to the vanguard on either side of the Trump divide. A new configuration of right-wing foreign policy is coming into view, and neocons are in the lead once more.

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Max Boot: The Purists of NeverTrumpers Jack Kerwick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/october/13/max-boot-the-purists-of-nevertrumpers/

While there doubtless exists exceptions to the rule, the Trump era has made it painfully clear to those who are willing to look that, generally speaking, the left is devoid of principle.

For example, during George W. Bush’s tenure in the White House, the American (and European) left was vociferously “anti-war.” Most Democrats in Congress voted in favor of the invasion of Iraq, but once Americans began to recognize the war for the unmitigated debacle that it was, Democrats, being the crassest of opportunists, not only turned against it; they led the left’s campaign of vilification against Bush.

Now, the Iraq War was indeed a conflagration, one for which every politician and media personality who used their influence to advocate on its behalf should be eternally apologetic. And GW Bush is as richly deserving of the judgment passed upon him by the American public near the end of his second term as any public figure has ever been (and I’m saying this as someone who has always voted Republican and who, to my eternal shame, supported Bush both in 2000 and 2004).

However, Bush and his war’s critics on the left have proven themselves to be unequivocal frauds.

Although “conservative” media personalities and the Republican bureaucrats and politicians for whom they had customarily run cover still speak as if Barack Obama was some kind of pacifist, the truth of the matter is that Obama enjoys the dubious distinction of having used the American military to wage war with more countries and over a longer period of time than any other president in the country’s history:

For eight (long) years, Obama dropped over 100,000 bombs on seven countries.

Yet the left’s “anti-war” stance evaporated overnight once Obama was elected to the presidency.

Now that Donald J. Trump has become the left’s chief villain of choice, Bush and virtually every one of the left’s Republican villains from yesteryear—i.e. those who are either “Never Trump” or who distance themselves from Trump—derive the same benefit that Obama reaped insofar as they now receive a pass for the crimes with which the left once charged them.

One Republican—or is it a former Republican?—who is particularly conspicuous in this regard is the man who once served as a foreign policy adviser for John McCain: Max Boot.

Boot, a neoconservative pundit who describes himself as a “military historian,” is every bit the war monger as was the man whose presidential aspirations he tirelessly endeavored—and failed—to realize. A one-time star of sorts of Big Conservatism, Boot’s voice could once be heard quite regularly on talk radio, Fox News, and in the pages of The Weekly Standard, Commentary, and other staples of neoconservative media.

Admittedly, though, his voice is not hard to miss, for it belongs to a chorus composed by his fellow ideological travelers, a chorus that, almost without exception, repeats a single song: the call for American hegemony over the planet.

Remarkably, Boot’s voice may have been the loudest. Even among this crowd, Boot’s crowd, of militarist zealots, Boot’s bellicosity proved itself second to none. This is no mean feat.

Boot was a tireless advocate for the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, short-term battles, by his lights, in the long-term neocon project to fundamentally remake the Middle East in the image of “Democracy.” Even after well over a million inhabitants of these Islamic countries were killed, nearly a million children orphaned, and hundreds of thousands more displaced, maimed, and traumatized, Boot was among those who turned his attention away from the bloody mess that he helped to create and toward Syria, the next Middle Eastern Islamic country upon which he wanted to unleash the full might of the American military.

Not only did Boot exercise his influence toward the end of bringing about the incalculable suffering and carnage of massive numbers of Middle Eastern Muslims. Thousands of American men, soldiers, died for the sake of prosecuting Boot’s crusade for global Democracy, a dream that has been a nightmare for the families of the deceased, as well as for the many more who survived Boot’s wars over there, but who struggle here daily with the varieties of psychological and physical trauma with which the pursuit of Boot’s utopia has burdened them.

This is all worth revisiting, for Boot is now as staunchly “Never Trump” as he has always been staunchly in favor of war. In fact, he is among those Never Trump neoconservatives, lifelong Republicans, who is calling for the defeat of the GOP next month. This is necessary, Boot insists, in order to “rescue” the party and the conservative movement from the ravages visited upon it by the President and…“white nationalism.”

Not long ago, Boot—who now writes for The Washington Post and who contributes to MSNBC—wrote that he had just discovered the myriad of ways in which has benefitted from his “privilege” as a white male. His immense arrogance aside, that Boot is the consummate virtue-signaler, ever eager to ingratiate himself to the militantly anti-Trump left, is readily obvious by the fact that in this confessionary essay, Boot doesn’t once so much as hint at the possibility that it is his white male “privilege” that blinded him to the death and devastation of legions of Islamic peoples of color that could result, and that did result, from pursuing his own ends.

Nor, of course, did Boot apologize for any of this mayhem.

And yet this is the same man who now assumes the moral high ground over those like President Trump and his millions of supporters who not only don’t have any of the blood that Boot and his comrades have on their hands, but who want a more peaceful and humble foreign policy.

Max Boot is at least as contemptible, and perhaps even more so, than his new friends on the anti-Trump left. They truly deserve one another.

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Pompeo, Bolton To Headline Shady Anti-Iran Event During UNGA Eli Clifton and Derek Davison http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/september/25/pompeo-bolton-to-headline-shady-anti-iran-event-during-unga/

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton are scheduled to deliver keynote addresses at United Against Nuclear Iran’s (UANI) annual “summit” during the United Nations General Assembly. This raises troubling red flags, to say the least, about the Trump administration’s Middle East policy and its ties to the most aggressive anti-Iran forces in the United States and in the region itself, including the ambassadors from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.

The Trump administration insists that the goal of its “maximum pressure” policy toward Iran is not to effect regime change but rather to change the “behavior” of the Iranian government. If that’s the case, then the decision to send two senior foreign policy officials to this UANI event is puzzling. According to the organization’s guest list, in attendance will be virtually every prominent official both in the United States and overseas who has pushed for a military confrontation with Iran—a veritable who’s who of warmongers.

Beyond that, the decision to send Pompeo and Bolton to this event may be deeply inappropriate. UANI’s murky financial ties include links to questionable businessmen and shadowy foreign actors with possible ties to the massive 1MDB corruption scandal in Malaysia under investigation by the US Justice Department.

Uniting for War

UANI was founded in 2008 to “inform the public about the nature of the Iranian regime, including its desire and intent to possess nuclear weapons.” Its board, chaired by former US senator and ardent Iran hawk Joe Lieberman, includes a number of influential neoconservatives with well-known anti-Iran views, such as former Senator Mark Kirk, Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead of the hardline Hudson Institute. Bolton himself is a past UANI board member and received at least $165,000 in consulting fees from the group’s partner organization, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP). UANI stridently opposed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), going so far as to part ways with its then-president, arms control expert Gary Samore, after Samore (who remains on UANI’s board) came out in support of the final deal.

The US intelligence community, Israeli intelligence, and the International Atomic Energy Agency have repeatedly contradicted UANI’s contention that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Likewise, its claims that Iran was involved in the 9/11 attacks have never been proven. Nevertheless, UANI has been a reliable source of talking points on both fronts for anti-Iran policymakers in Washington. It has pushed for a comprehensive array of measures intended to isolate Iran internationally, weaken its economy, and increase the possibility of a US-Iran military confrontation.

Though UANI has become one of the most prominent organizations in the anti-Iran policy world, relatively little is known about its internal workings or its financing. Financial documents acquired by LobeLog reveal that trusts controlled by billionaire investor Thomas Kaplan contributed $843,000 to UANI in 2013, nearly half of the group’s $1.7 million revenue in that year. GOP and Trump megadonors Sheldon and Miriam Adelsonalso contributed $500,000 in 2013. (That same year Adelson suggested that the United States should fire an “atomic weapon” at Iran rather than negotiate.) UANI’s budget ballooned to almost $5.2 million in 2016, but the source of the group’s ongoing funding is largely shrouded in mystery.

Evidence suggests that UANI has an array of sketchy relationships with foreign intelligence agencies and financial interests. Many of the questions about UANI swirl around its convoluted relationship with precious metals speculator Kaplan.

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The Ron Paul Institute Take on John McCain Adam Dick http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/neocon-watch/2018/august/27/the-ron-paul-institute-take-on-john-mccain/

Over the first five years of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity’s (RPI) existence, John McCain, the long-time Republican United States senator from Arizona, has often been a focus of the institute’s attention — though quite a bit less since his sickness removed him from much of his involvement in politics. This focus stems from McCain having been an exemplar in the US government of adherence to nearly the opposite agenda as the agenda supported by RPI Founder and Chairman Ron Paul.

While Ron Paul worked in the US House of Representatives and founded RPI to advocate for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home, McCain was advocating for war abroad and restraints on liberty at home.

As RPI Executive Director Daniel McAdams commented in an article in the institute’s first year, McCain was “the Energizer Bunny of interventionism.” With McCain’s death Saturday, the US Senate lost a major advocate for expansive intervention abroad and at home. Yet, there are many individuals in the US government who can be expected to take up the slack.

Many glowing accounts of McCain are being promoted in the media in these days after his death. For some balance, take a look at these articles focused on McCain at the RPI website:

Five Minutes Five Issues: Drug Dogs, McCain’s Award, NZ Marijuana, Amazon Rejection, Crime Lab” by Adam Dick, October 22, 2017

McCain As Metaphor” by Justin Raimondo, October 19, 2017

McCain Hammers Tillerson On Human Rights: Why The Panic?” by Daniel McAdams, May 9, 2017

Rand Paul Calls For Congress To Demand War Powers Authorization . . . John McCain Says Paul Is 'Wrong' and Alone In The Senate” by Jonathan Turley, April 9, 2017

John McCain Blasts Trump White House for Allowing Assad to Stay in Power” by Alex Christoforou, March 31, 2017

McCain and Montenegro: The Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory” by Justin Raimondo, March 21, 2017

Sen. McCain Explodes: 'Rand Paul is Working for Putin!'” March 15, 2017

McCain in Munich: The War Party Fights Back” by Justin Raimondo, February 20, 2017

The McCain Malady” by Charles Goyette, January 30, 2017

McCain's $5 Trillion Military Budget: Will It Make America Great Again?” by Daniel McAdams, January 19, 2017

‘John McCain Passed Dossier to Make Trump Look Bad; Now He’s Trying to Save His Hide’” interview with Daniel McAdams, January 18, 2017

Did John McCain 'Launder' Dodgy Trump Intel Dossier?” by Daniel McAdams, January 11, 2017

Election 'Hack' - Do We Believe Snowden And Assange...Or McCain And Graham?” by Daniel McAdams, December 12, 2016

McCain to Trump: Don't You Dare Make Peace with Russia!” by Daniel McAdams, November 15, 2016

Senators McCain and Corker Use Faulty Geography to Support US Arming Saudi Arabia” by Adam Dick, September 22, 2016

McCain's Nightmare - Dr. Kelli Ward For US Senate” by Daniel McAdams, August 4, 2016

Sen. McCain Attacks Due Process, Votes No Guns for Americans on Watch List” by Daniel McAdams, June 23, 2016

Sen. McCain Furious Iran Treated US Sailors Well” by Daniel McAdams, January 13, 2016

John McCain Wants to Shoot Down Russian Planes” by Daniel McAdams, October 1, 2015

Ukraine's American Finance Minister Asks John McCain for Weapons” by Daniel McAdams, April 21, 2015

McCain to Israel: Go Rogue!” by Daniel McAdams, March 31, 2015

McCain Stands With ISIS?” by Daniel McAdams, March 9, 2015

Nuland's Neocon Lies and McCain's Agony - McAdams and Taylor Week in Review” interview with Daniel McAdams, March 7, 2015

McCain 'Troubled' by Iranian Help With ISIS” by Daniel McAdams, March 3, 2015

Sen. McCain: 'I'm Ashamed of America'” by Daniel McAdams, February 23, 2015

Lawrence Wilkerson: Resist 'Warmonger' John McCain’s Call to Arm Ukraine” by Adam Dick, February 11, 2015

McCain Seeks to Protect US-Backed Terrorists From Other US-Backed Terrorists?” October 22, 2014

McCain: 'Vote For Us and We'll Start Another Bigger War!'” October 22, 2014

Where Does John McCain Want to Attack?” by Chis Rossini, October 13, 2014

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Reject ‘Raving Maniac’ John McCain; Cooler Heads Can Create Ukraine Peace” by Adam Dick, July 21, 2014

No Nation Left Un-Invaded: Sen. McCain Would Put US Military Into Nigeria In 'A New York Minute'” by David Stockman, May 14, 2014

McCain's Eleven Point Plan For War” by Daniel McAdams, March 18, 2014

Is John McCain Running For The Ukrainian Parliament?” by Chris Rossini, March 16. 2014

McCain: Why Aren't We At War Already?” by Daniel McAdams, March 13, 2014

McCain: ‘It’s Tragic’ There’s No U.S. Military Option In Ukraine” by Daniel McAdams, March 8, 2014

McCain and Graham Go To Work Against Iran Agreement” by Daniel McAdams, January 14, 2014

McCain in Ukraine: What Is He Really Up To?” interview with Daniel McAdams, December 17, 2013

Sen. McCain, Interventionism's ‘Energizer Bunny’” by Daniel McAdams, December 17, 2013

 “Religious Tolerance of McCain's Syrian Allies” by Daniel McAdams, October 28, 2013

McCain Taken Down Over Support for Al-Qaeda” by Daniel McAdams, October 24, 2013

McCain's Moderates Join Al-Qaeda” by Daniel McAdams, September 26, 2013

Ron Paul Institute’s McAdams Talks Syria, Vladimir Putin and John McCain’s Assessment of the Rebels” interview with Daniel McAdams, September 23, 2013

McCain and Graham: Let's Do Syria...NOW!” by Chris Rossini, August 25, 2013

RPI's McAdams Talks McCain and Neocons With Scott Horton” interview with Daniel McAdams, August 7, 2013

McCain: 'Vote For Berlin Wall!'” by Adam Dick, June 27, 2013

McCain's 'Moving Experience'” by Chris Rossini, May 30, 2013

McCain Spends Memorial Day with Al-Qaeda Allies” by Daniel McAdams, May 27, 2013

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