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McCain Spends Memorial Day with Al-Qaeda Allies

Senator John McCain snuck into Syria this Memorial Day to spend the day with the terrorist-affiliated Free Syrian Army, in violation of both Syrian Law and likely of international law. While meeting with the Syrian insurgents and FSA Commander, Gen. Salem Idris, McCain likely assured his allies that it was only a matter of time before the US began overtly transferring the weapons it is currently facilitating covertly.

Gen. Idriss is the conduit for hundreds of millions of dollars in US aid, and untold millions in covert CIA and US Special Forces assistance. He swears he does not cooperate with the terrorist-designated Al-Nusra Front, but to keep appearances he coordinates only with the Al-Nusra-allied Arhar al Sham.
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Beating the Benghazi Horse

Jennifer Rubin, one of Washington Post’s neoconservative gate-keepers, is still trying to obfuscate the real issue behind what happened in Benghazi in 2011. Over the weekend, Rubin wrote:

“The biggest scandal regarding Benghazi may be that the president was not at the helm on 9-11-2011 and was not directing the response to an attack.”

Yet, one must look beyond the superficial to locate the heart of what happened in Benghazi.

As Ron Paul pointed out: "there was little extremism in Libya before the US attack on that country in 2011."

Is that not an important piece to the story?

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Max Boot Confident Obama is Speaking in Code

Over at the Economic Policy Journal, RPI contributor Chris Rossini points out that neo-conservative Kommissar Max Boot is not at all worried about President Obama's "kinder and gentler" speech today before the National Defense University.

The obsequious media writes glowingly of Obama's "renewed effort to close the military detention center in Guantanamo Bay," "efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF's (2001 war authorization) mandate," and "setting narrower parameters for the use of remotely piloted aircraft, or drones, to kill terrorists overseas and to limit collateral casualties."
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WaPo’s Fred Hiatt: Obama’s ‘Turn Inward’ Puts Us All At Risk!

In yesterday’s Washington Post, neo-conservative editorial page editor Fred Hiatt has a panic attack over the (imagined by him) possibility that President Obama is in his second term beginning to ponder some of the limitations of US interventionism world-wide.

On the proposed withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan next year, after 13 years of war, Hiatt claims:

“To say the war will end because U.S. troops are gone is like the toddler who imagines no one can see him when he closes his eyes. But it fits with the foreign policy of a leader who is on track, astonishingly, to preside over a sharp turn inward.

“I say astonishingly because when he ran in 2008, Obama presented himself as a man who would lead the United States into a new era of international engagement, idealism and cooperation.”

Who really is the toddler in his little vignette? Actually, a foreign policy of nonintervention would have likely avoided creating the very problem that the neo-cons demand we now solve. As we know, the forces that Hiatt urges we keep fighting are largely the same “freedom fighters” armed by the U.S. to fight the Soviets. And even a toddler would probably understand that bureaucrats living on the other side of the world should not be seeking to remake Afghanistan in their own image.

Hiatt is an historical revisionist extraordinaire, and his rewriting of events to suit his ideological agenda is pure conspiracy theory. According to Hiatt, it was not intervention itself but in fact a lack of sufficient intervention that has left Libya a bloody, gaping, and dangerous wound two years later:

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Bill Kristol's Empire of Death

Non-interventionists can learn a great deal by observing when the differing factions of the neo-conservative enterprise take to exposing each other.

Take the Left-neocon New Republic, a magazine that hemorrhages money at such a rate that it literally had a hard time being given away until Facebook kid mega-millionaire Chris Hughes decided to snatch it up with pocket change as a child's toy. Hughes was a deep-pockets campaign supporter of the hyper-interventionist Obama, and in his new "serious" publishing toy no-doubt sees endless opportunities to feature "serious" writers on the faux Left to explain to us barbarians how wonderful the next deadly "humanitarian intervention" is turning out to be.

Nevertheless, the New Republic today features an enormously instructive graphic explaining to its readers "Bill Kristol's Galactic Empire."
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Neo-Cons Jump On Red Line

Shortly after the US Secretary of Defense weakly claimed that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, the neocons went directly onto warpath mode. Never mind that no evidence was presented at all to substantiate the claims and the US intelligence community appears to have been blindsided by Secretary Hagel, who was himself blindsided by claims from an Israeli general immediately after he departed the country. Truth has never impeded the neo-cons at all, and they have been pining for war with Syria from the beginning: now there was something tangible that they could sink their teeth into. A gift from Hagel. They saw red – a "red line" to be exact.

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Neocon High Priest McCain On Why We Must Bomb Syria

Senator John McCain warns us that if we do not start bombing Syria, pronto, on behaf of the Islamist extremists who run the insurgency, the average Syrian who is terrorized by these foreign funded fighters will seek us out and...well, do something bad to us. It is the big lie that the neocons peddle that people overseas are just itching for a US bombing campaign or drone strike to "liberate" them:

"The Syrian people are angry and bitter at the United States. I was in a refugee camp in Jordan, and there're thousands of people and kids, and this woman who's a school teacher said, 'Senator McCain, you see these children here. They're going to take revenge on those people who refuse to help them.' They're angry and bitter, and that legacy could last for a long time too, unless we assist them."
-Sen. John McCain

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What Jennifer is Whispering in Obama's Ear

When looking at Obama’s foreign policy moves compared to what we would be seeing with a John McCain or Mitt Romney presidency, we see things could have been worse.

That's not to say that Obama is a non-interventionist in any sense of the word. But it appears that his primary focus is on intervening domestically.
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On July 10, 2003, just two months after President Bush’s now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, before the bulk of the thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis perished in the firestorm unleashed by the US invasion, Rep. Ron Paul gave the historic and stirring speech, “Neo-Conned” in the House of Representatives. Patriotic fervor raged, skeptics were called un-American, yet with nearly ten years having passed, this speech is as relevant and as prescient as anything he has done.

We are kicking off the inaugural edition of “Neo-Con Watch” with this classic speech.

Here is the untold story behind the speech:

For days after this speech was delivered, Ron Paul’s congressional office buzzed with irate calls from neo-conservatives who were called out in the speech. They threatened lawsuits, they pounded their fists in the sand, the demanded retractions. Some even wrote irate articles in their heavily subsidized neo-conservative magazines about what a monster Ron Paul was for pointing out the truth about their twisted and destructive philosophies. They left vicious messages on our telephones at all hours of the day. Even on the weekends. When we returned to work on Monday morning, our voice mails would be full of their threats and gnashing of teeth. We in the office knew immediately that Dr. Paul had hit a nerve.

Read the speech again now that nearly a decade has passed. As Dr. Paul says at the end of the speech, “Unfortunately, it will be some time before Congress gets the message that the people are demanding true reform. This requires that those responsible for today's problems are exposed and their philosophy of pervasive government intrusion is rejected.”

That is precisely the mission of “Neo-Con Watch.” We will expose them, we will challenge their philosophy, we will reject their demands for more government intrusion and intervention.

-Daniel McAdams

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