Thursday, January 05, 2017

Neocon John McCain Accuses Russia of an Act of War

Neocon John McCain Accuses Russia of an Act of War

by Stephen Lendman

McCain disgraces the office he holds. He’s part of Washington’s lunatic fringe. He’s not one of Capitol Hill’s brightest, graduating near dead last in his 1958 Naval Academy class (894th out of 899 midshipmen).

His public disservice shows it, hawkishly favoring wars of aggression against nonexistent enemies, denigrating Russia irresponsibly, perhaps pushing for direct confrontation - madness if ever happens.

He chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee. At yearend, he called nonexistent Russian US election hacking an “act of war.”

He said newly imposed US sanctions and expulsion of Russian diplomats are inadequate. “(W)e have to make sure that there is a price to pay so that we can perhaps persuade Russians to stop this kind of attacks on our very fundamentals of democracy,” he ranted.

On Capitol Hill Thursday, he repeated the Big Lie, telling reporters Russia attacked America. “If you try to destroy the fundamentals of democracy, then you have destroyed a nation,” said McCain.

“I’m not saying it’s an atomic attack. I’m just saying that when you attack a nation’s fundamental structure, which they are doing, then it’s an act of war.”

Throughout months of bluster by Obama, US intelligence officials and congressional members, no credible evidence was offered to corroborate claims made.

Without it, they’re groundless. McCain represents a clear danger to world peace and stability. Chairing the Armed Services Committee gives him influence for ill, not good.

On January 5, his committee will begin holding public hearings on the phony Russian hacking issue. Expect an array of Russophobes giving testimony, truth-tellers excluded, the way things usually work in Washington.

Bipartisan congressional hardliners want tougher action on Russia, including more sanctions imposed - dangerous McCarthyite hysteria vital to oppose.

McCain recklessly claims America must “stand up to Putin.” He and likeminded neocons reject normalizing ties with Russia.

Ranking House Intelligence Committed Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff vowed to work with other congressional hardliners to prevent Trump from reversing Obama’s adversarial policies.

He blasted Trump’s rejection of irresponsible hacking charges, saying “(i)f he’s going to have any credibility as president, he needs to stop talking this way.” 

“He needs to stop denigrating the intelligence community…He’s going to have to rely on them.” Its mandate is lying when it comes to Russia and other nations Washington considers adversaries.

In two weeks, Trump will be sworn in as America’s 45th president. It appears he’s heading for a rough-and-tumble start, perhaps continuing throughout his tenure.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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