Monday, May 29, 2017

Senator McCain still pushing the Russian interference conspiracy

On May 16 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reportedly said that scandals within the Trump's administration are reaching "Watergate size and scale."  He is still pushing the “Russian stole the election” conspiracy.  On a visit the Australia McCain proclaimed Vladimir Putin is a greater threat to the world than ISIS: “I think ISIS can do terrible things and I worry a lot about what is happening with the Muslim faith,” he told Australian ABC state television Monday. “But it’s the Russians who tried to destroy the very fundamental of democracy,...” McCain admits that, "I've seen no evidence they succeeded, but they tried and they are still trying to change elections.”  The timing of his remarks could not have been worse following the Manchester bombing.

McCain is basing his conclusions of a bogus “dossier.”  This is the same group of memos apparently supplied by a former British intelligence agent and paid for by Trump’s opponents.  When it was presented to the President and Vice President, Biden told reporters he and President Obama did not ask the intelligence community to corroborate the claims because they didn’t take them seriously. Biden claimed, “As a matter of fact, the president was like, ‘What does this have anything to do with anything?'” He continued, “It surprised me in that it made it to the point where the agency, the FBI thought they had to pursue it.”

These memos were something the press already had for some time.  They were not publicizing them because they lacked credibility.  When information based on these memos was released they were edited to enhance their credibility.  BuzzFeed made a major mistake by publishing the unedited collection.  The cover page reveals its bogus nature.  Although it is not a government document it was supposedly compiled by someone with an intelligence background.  No one with experience in intelligence would label a document with a “sensitive source,” Confidential.

This is the nonsense McCain saw fit to forward to the FBI.   McCain claims, "This is becoming more and more bizarre, in fact you can't make it up."  The problem is, it that it can be made up and the Senator knows it.  McCain does not see ISIS as a threat.  He was more than willing to pose with them for a photo op.  He may be able to plead ignorance, but the “moderate” who arranged this event was fully aware of the background of the participants.  There is no dispute about the terrorist backgrounds ofAbu Mosa, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Muhammad Noor.

Radicals from Minnesota and Chechnya and places in between have descended on the Middle East to advance the “Arab Spring” and to hone their martial skills.  They have committed unspeakable atrocities including cannibalism.  They have virtually wiped out the remnants of the Christian communities in the areas they controlled.  After our “success” in Libya Senator McCain should be less bellicose.   

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