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Did John McCain 'Launder' Dodgy Trump Intel Dossier?

We all know what money laundering is. When you need to hide the fact that the money in your possession comes by way of nefarious sources, you transfer it through legitimate sources and it appears clean on the other end. It's standard practice among thieves, extortionists, drug dealers, and the like.

The same practice can even be used to "clean" intelligence that comes by dubious sources, and sometimes even US Senators may involve themselves in such dark activities. Case in point US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), whose virulent opposition to Donald Trump is outmatched only by his total dedication to fomenting a new cold (or hot?) war with Russia.
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Neocon Triumph? Trump Calls For 'Safe Zones' in Syria

Donald Trump won the presidency largely because the American public was tired of the last 16 years of continuous wars and disastrous foreign interventions. When he said "I think getting along with Russia is a good thing," Americans compared that with Hillary's promise of more confrontation and nuclear brinksmanship and pulled the lever for Trump. When Trump asked what's so bad about Assad and Putin fighting ISIS in Syria and promised to end the idiotic policy of arming "rebels" because "we don't know who they are," America felt the five year "regime change" policy that has left Syria in ruins was finally coming to an end and they voted Trump.
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McCain to Trump: Don't You Dare Make Peace with Russia!

Sit down. This is going to shock you. (Not). We reported yesterday on the telephone call between US president-elect Trump and Russian president Putin, where the current and future presidents discussed the need to set aside differences and look to more constructive future relations. With serious observers of this past year's increasing tensions between US and Russia openly worrying about a nuclear war breaking out, with some 300,000 NATO troops placed on Russia's border, with sanctions hurting average businesspersons on both sides, a normal person might look at the slight thaw in Cold War 2.0 as an early positive indicator of the end of the Obama Era.
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Jennifer Rubin: Hillary Must Stop Peace With Iran at All Costs!

After anxiously and incessantly angling for a hardcore neoconservative to take the Republican nomination to be president, the Washington Post's online blogger Jennifer Rubin has made the long journey home. Rebuffed by Republican voters who selected Donald Trump as their candidate, Rubin's gunpowder breath is now desperately seeking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's ear.

Her message? This damned Iran deal is improving US/Iran relations and that is completely intolerable! "Hillary: Please bomb something over there," Rubin screeches, in her latest installment of the neocon chronicles.
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Former Acting CIA Director Morell: 'We Need to Kill Russians and Iranians'

It's been a busy week for former acting CIA director Michael Morell. First, over the weekend he published an op-ed in the New York Times humbly titled, "I Ran the CIA. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton."  In the piece he explained that Hillary Clinton was his choice for president because of:
...her belief that America is an exceptional nation that must lead in the world for the country to remain secure and prosperous; her understanding that diplomacy can be effective only if the country is perceived as willing and able to use force if necessary...
Morell pitched his tent in Hillary's camp because of her aggressive, you might say neoconservative, foreign policy.
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Sen. McCain Attacks Due Process, Votes No Guns for Americans on Watch List

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is proud to have voted to gut the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution. In a press release dated today, McCain praises himself for voting in favor of a Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) amendment to prohibit Americans from purchasing firearms if they are on the US terror watchlist.

Wrote McCain:
I believe deeply that we can and must do more to keep guns out the hands of dangerous terrorists who seek to harm us...
While no one would disagree with McCain's above statement, the fact is that individuals appearing on any federal watchlist have not been found guilty of being "dangerous terrorists." They are not even terrorist suspects. In fact we have no idea why they are on the list or how they got there, as the process of getting on -- and getting off -- the list is secret.
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'Secretary of State Ron Paul' Gives Jennifer Rubin Panic Attacks

What is it that keeps the Washington Post's hyperventilating neocon scribbler Jennifer Rubin up at night? The fact that Ron Paul's lifelong efforts to promote a peaceful foreign policy continue to light fires in the imaginations of his fellow Americans. Any chance her fellow neocons' near-total control of Washington's foreign policy might be slipping sends Rubin scurrying to her keyboard to launch another spit-bomb. 

Rubin has been apoplectic for months over the possibility that Donald Trump may wind up the Republican nominee for the presidency. She followed six of the stages of grief but skipped the final one, acceptance, and quickly returned to the first one, shock. Forget about the fact that when it comes to foreign policy, there isn't all that much for non-interventionists to get excited about when it comes to Donald Trump. He just threatened to shoot Russian planes, he wants to confront China, he wants to dump more money into the military-industrial complex, he just told Bibi to build build build more settlements on occupied Palestinian territory in Gaza, and so on.
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Neocons Panting for President 'Mad Dog' Mattis

The neocons have been in a panic this election season. One by one, their preferred choice for the Republican presidential nomination has been soundly rejected by the uncooperative American voting public. Sen. Lindsey Graham made a run for the nomination saying, "If you’re tired of war, don’t vote for me," and nobody did. Perhaps the idea of perpetual war to the very last US dollar is beginning to wear thin among Republican voters. 

Though the two Republicans left standing, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, have endorsed sending thousands of troops into the Middle East and even turning the sand into glass with a nuclear weapon, they are viewed as not reliably neoconservative for the Beltway bombardiers. William Kristol, absolutely forlorn over the American voter's rejection of the reliable Republican neocons in the race, has thrown his hat in with a very reliable Democrat neocon, Hillary Clinton. "I would rather see Hillary than Trump," said Kristol.

But such a move comes not without risk for the Kristol-ites. The neocons migrated from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party like a virus to a new host and one promising candidate does not a happy return necessarily make.
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Guess Why Sen. Lindsey Graham is Blocking The 9/11 Bill

The day began with a Zero Hedge piece reporting that President Obama would veto the bill currently in the Senate to hold the Saudi government legally responsible if proven it had a hand in planning and/or supporting the attacks of 9/11. According to the Administration, signing such a bill to lift Saudi Arabia's sovereign immunity would place the US "at risk" if other countries passed similar laws. 

Also in he Zero Hedge piece was news that one Senator had placed a "hold" on the bill, effectively preventing it from coming to the Floor for a vote. But no one knew who that mysterious Senator was. What Senator would prevent the families of the 9/11 victims from seeking justice if the 28 redacted pages from the 9/11 Report demonstrate significant Saudi government involvement in the plot, as is expected?
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Comrade Michael Rubin Demands the Gulag for Col. Wilkerson

As a committed and unapologetic neocon, Michael Rubin loves the idea of the old purges once common practice under his ideological forebears in the Soviet Union. The details of the infraction were unimportant -- and to even consider the need for details once the Party has spoken was to court suspicion. The Party speaks for the people and who would dare go against the people?

So Comrade Rubin is demanding a thorough denunciation of Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief-of-staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell (and academic advisor to the Ron Paul Institute). Rubin took to the website of his luxurious neocon Beltway sinecure, the American Enterprise Institute, to call for Wilkerson's deportation to the gulag for severe ideological deviationism. 

What was Wilkerson's crime? Rubin first loosens up the crowd with some guilt-by-association accusations, the stock-in-trade of the neocons. Rubin begins by bringing up what he views as Donald Trump's too-slow disassociation of himself from the KKK. "Unfortunately, wavering and silence in the face of hate isn’t new," he continues.
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