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John McCain Wants to Shoot Down Russian Planes

Sen. John McCain has a personal stake in the ISIS and al-Qaeda members currently being targeted by Russian fighter planes. It was just two years ago that McCain found himself in the embarrassing position of having to explain his sleepover with a group of ISIS-affiliated terrorists in Syria. He has repeatedly called for more direct US military involvement to overthrow the Syrian government. Repeated stories of the failures of the US rebel training program have only steeled his resolve. Facts must not get in the way of McCain's regime change plans for Syria.
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Samantha Power Slams Russia's 'Support' For Assad, Downplays ISIS Threat

More evidence that the current "Russia invaded Syria" media frenzy is a Washington-engineered psy-op to provide cover for a final US push against Bashar al-Assad, is provided in today's outburst from US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, the fuel injector in the neocon "regime change" engine.

While the US has conducted more than 2,500 airstrikes against ISIS in Syria over the past year to very little effect, Power has taken to warning Russia that its claimed "military deployment" to Syria is "not a winning strategy."
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The Neocon Foreign Policy Walmart

One of the most depressing things about watching -- even from a distance -- the quadrennial race for the White House is watching what passes for a debate on the one area where the president does have some Constitutional authority: foreign policy.

Candidates who have spent little or no time studying or traveling to the rest of the world, and, in the fashion of many Americans in the age of Empire, see the rest of the world as just a series of US colonial outposts, apparently consider foreign policy unworthy of serious consideration.
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Warhead in Charge of US Institute of Peace

Along with the National Endowment for Democracy, the US Institute of Peace is one of President Reagan's worst disasters. Reagan may well have wanted to create pseudo non-governmental organizations to push democracy and peace, but by putting neocons in charge of both he delivered two organizations undermining democracy and pushing war.

Both organizations should be brought up on charges of violating truth in labeling laws. The National Endowment for Democracy, with its focus on subversion and regime change overseas is the antithesis of democracy. The very concept of a national endowment for democracy was cooked up in the mind of arch-interventionist CIA director William Casey.

Likewise the US Institute of Peace, appropriately created by Reagan in the year 1984, is an Orwellian "peace" organization that pushes US intervention and war overseas.
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NED Booted from Russia, Gershman Apoplectic

National Endowment for Democracy president-for-life Carl Gershman takes to the pages of the Washington Post today to put a positive spin on a recent Russian government decision to finally send that US government-funded regime-change organization packing. The Russian finding that NED is a threat to the constitutional order, writes Gershman, only demonstrates that "the regime of President Vladimir Putin faces a worsening crisis of political legitimacy." According to Gershman, Putin is terrified at the prospect of any political opposition and is therefore clamping down by ousting the NED. In other words, as Gershman writes, "the pressures are now building toward what many in Russia believe is a major political turning point."
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Bill Kristol on Iran Deal: 'Its Munich!'

Bill Kristol is the epitome of the neocon mindset: cultivating a staid and urbane image while writing the most unhinged and mendacious claptrap. In his utterly predictable denunciation of the successful Iran nuclear talks, Kristol frames the issue in the crudest terms: if the deal goes through on the US end it will mean the return of $150 billion that was seized from the Iranians by the United States and that money will be used to commit terrorism against the United States. 

Writes Kristol: "How can we debate [the deal] without attending to the $150 billion that is going to a regime with American blood on its hands?"

Kristol cites the National Review which makes the fatuous claim (first made by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, which is headed by a close advisor to Israeli prime minister Netanyahu) that Iran has killed 1,000 Americans since 9/11. It turns out any weapon used in Iraq or Afghanistan against an invading US military that might have Iranian manufacturing origins means that the Iranians are responsible for that kill. 
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Lindsey Graham's Got a Simple Platform: War!

Just when the US presidential contest needed a real macho man candidate, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today threw his camouflaged hat in the ring. The Senator is staking it all on the proposition that after 14 years of fighting a global war on terror that has produced nothing but more terror, what Americans really want most is eight more years of turbocharged world war under Comandante Graham.

"Radical Islam is running wild," said Graham today, but "I'm afraid some Americans have grown tired of fighting them." 

Graham is disgusted that the American people are going weak-kneed about war, and he won't give an inch. Forget that the US war on Iraq was the reason that "radical Islam is running wild."  Graham is holding firm to the idea that attacking Iraq was a very good thing.
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Sen. Cotton Challenges 'Coward' Iranian Foreign Minister

Fresh off his strange foray into international diplomacy neo-con style, where he sent a letter to Iranian leadership warning that a US deal with Iran would not be honored by the United States, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has again dipped his Arkansan toes into the international waters.

This time Cotton, who is in danger of becoming the Westboro Baptist Church of the neocon movement, has sent a flurry of Tweets to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif challenging him to come to Washington to debate the US Constitution. 

(Might round two include a debate of  Iranian history from ancient Persia to the present, with special emphasis on when last Iran invaded another country? Probably not.)
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Sen. Tom 'Cakewalk' Cotton: Let's Bomb Iran, It'll be a Breeze!

Sen. Tom Cotton is hoping people will forget all the pre-Iraq War II talk promising that it will be a "cakewalk" and that "we will in fact be greeted as liberators." He is hoping no one will remember when the Bush Administration sold the Iraq war based on the Rumsfeldian lie that total victory would take "five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that..."

No, he wants us to forget the Iraq war altogether and simply concentrate on the sublime beauty of steadily bombing Iraq from the air as was the strategy in the Clinton Administration -- a strategy that left untold thousands of innocent civilians dead in both sudden and slow, painful ways.

But this time he wants us to visualize the sublime beauty of attacking Iran in such a manner.
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Neocon Nervous Breakdown: Iran Framework Agreement Reached

Behind that Cheshire Cat grin one can detect, if listening closely, the sound of neocon godfather Bill Kristol gritting his teeth. The neocons pulled out all stops to scuttle any kind of Iran deal. They even called in a foreign leader in the person of kindred spirit Benjamin Netanyahu to repudiate President Obama's efforts to negotiate with Iran instead of bomb Iran. A foreign leader on their own soil to repudiate their own government! 

With today's announcement of a Framework Agreement in the P5+1 talks with Iran, neocons are approaching nervous breakdown mode.
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