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John McCain’s Chilling Project for America

Posted on Jun 12, 2008
John McCain
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By Elliot D. Cohen

John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. The credo of this group is “the end justifies the means,” and the end of establishing the United States as the world’s sole superpower justifies, in its estimation, anything from military control over the information on the Internet to the use of genocidal biological weapons. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it.

The Road Map to War

The blueprint for this “new order” was drafted in February 1992, at the end of the George H.W. Bush administration when Defense Department staffers Paul Wolfowitz, I. Lewis Libby and Zalmay Khalilzad, acting under then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, drafted the Defense Planning Guidance (DPG). This document, also known as the “Wolfowitz Doctrine,” was an unofficial, internal document that advocated massive increases in defense spending for purposes of strategic proliferation and buildup of the military in order to establish the pre-eminence of the United States as the world’s sole superpower. Advocating pre-emptive attacks with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, it proclaimed that “the U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role or pursue a more aggressive posture to protect their legitimate interests.” The document was also quite clear about what should be the United States’ main objective in the Middle East, especially with regard to Iraq and Iran, which was to “remain the predominant outside power in the region and preserve U.S. and Western access to the region’s oil.” The Wolfowitz Doctrine was leaked to The New York Times and The Washington Post, which published excerpts from it. Amid a public outcry, President George H.W. Bush retracted the document, and it was substantially revised. 

The original mission of the Wolfowitz Doctrine was not lost, however. In 1997, William Kristol and Robert Kagan founded The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a nongovernment political action organization that sought to develop and advocate for the militant, geopolitical tenets contained in the Wolfowitz Doctrine.  PNAC’s original members included Wolfowitz, Cheney, Khalilzad, Libby, John Bolton, Elliott Abrams, Donald Rumsfeld, William J. Bennett, and other soon-to-be high officers in the Bush administration. 

McCain’s Ties to PNAC


Square, Site wide

John McCain’s connection to PNAC can be traced back to before its formation in 1997.  In fact, he was president of the New Citizenship Project, founded by Kristol in 1994. This organization was parent to PNAC, and served as its chief fundraising organ. 

McCain also worked cooperatively with PNAC and Wolfowitz in attempting to overthrow the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. In 1998, he co-sponsored the Iraq Liberation Act—drafted by PNAC—which decreed “regime change” in Iraq to be U.S. policy, and which appropriated $97 million in U.S. military aid to the Iraqi National Congress (INC). The INC was a group of anti-Hussein Iraqi militants whose purpose was to instigate a national uprising against Hussein. It was led by Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi informant whose subsequent faulty intelligence—claims that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaida—was used to sell the Iraq war to the American public. In 2004, in response to accusations that he deliberately misled U.S. intelligence agencies, Chalabi glibly stated, “We are heroes in error.”

McCain also was co-chair (with Sen. Joseph Lieberman) of The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI). Established by PNAC in late 2002, this committee continued to finance Chalabi’s INC with millions of taxpayer dollars, until shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, when it was discontinued. In 2004, McCain became a signatory of PNAC, ironically signing on to a PNAC letter condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy for its return to the “rhetoric of militarism and empire.”

McCain has accordingly been a foot soldier for PNAC from its inception, and, although this organization is no longer in existence, its ideology and its signatories (many of whom now serve as advisers to the McCain presidential campaign) are still very much active. 

The Master Plan

In September 2000, prior to the presidential election that year, PNAC carefully formulated its chief tenets in a document called Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD). This document, which was intended to guide the incoming administration, had a substantial influence on the policies set by the Bush administration and is likely to do the same for a McCain administration if McCain becomes president. Here are some of the recommendations of the RAD report:

Fighting and winning multiple, simultaneous major wars

Among its core missions was the rebuilding of America’s defenses sufficient to “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars.” And it explicitly advocated sending troops into Iraq regardless of whether Saddam Hussein was in power. According to RAD, “While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”

The RAD report also admonished, “Iran may well prove as large a threat to U.S. interests in the Gulf as Iraq has. And even should U.S.-Iranian relations improve, retaining forward-based forces in the region would still be an essential element in U.S. security strategy given the longstanding American interests in the region.” Therefore, it had both Iraq and Iran in its sight as zones of multiple, simultaneous major wars for purposes of advancing “longstanding American interests in the region”—in particular, its oil.

McCain’s recent chanting of “bomb, bomb, bomb; bomb, bomb Iran” to the beat of an old Beach Boys tune, his suggestion that the war with Iraq might last 100 years and his recent statement that the war in Afghanistan might also last 100 years—all of these pronouncements are clearly in concert with the PNAC mission to “fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars.” 

RAD also stressed the need to have additional forces equipped to handle ongoing “constabulary” duties such as enforcement of no-fly zones and other operations that fell short of full theater wars. It claimed that unless the military was so equipped, its ability to fight and win multiple, simultaneous wars would be impaired.  Along these same lines, McCain has recently stated, ‘‘It’s time to end the disingenuous practice of stating that we have a two-war strategy when we are paying for only a one-war military. Either we must change our strategy—and accept the risks—or we must properly fund and structure our military.’’

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By yankhadenuf, October 18, 2008 at 9:45 am Link to this comment
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While “Clean Break” IS the forerunner of PNAC:

It is also even more important to note the followup document by the “Clean Break” cabal>>>

“Coping with Crumbling States: A Western and Israeli
Balance-of-Power Strategy for the Levant”:

The aforementioned document was also generated in the IASPS Israeli think tank , and sets out to involve the United States military in its plans, which unfortunately as we have seen, actually came to pass.

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By Jerry, June 16, 2008 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment
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Jackpine Savage wrote:

” While the world focuses on the presidential election, i fear that we will not pay enough attention to the current “government” of these United States.  And the next six months are - in my humble opinion - the most dangerous six months of American history.  These men have nothing left to lose and only one serious shot left at the brass ring.”

I couldn’t agree more and what is frightening is that the media focuses on irrelevant stories about who’s preacher said what or should gays be allowed to marry.

Neither makes any difference to the men and women who have already died in Iraq and Afghanistan or who have been physically and or mentally damaged by the repeated tours they have endured and probably won’t get much help from a McCain presidency given his statements on benefits for vets.

When Bush was first installed I expected to oppose much of what he proposed.  Had anyone hinted at half of the horrors he’s committed, I would have classified it as the ravings of a lunatic.  I will be outraged if Bush/Cheney launch an attack on Iran but I won’t be surprised.

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By Ed Harges, June 16, 2008 at 6:29 am Link to this comment
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In a new essay, Paul Craig Roberts encapsulates 2 things very well — (1) why I have become sick with disgust at Barack Obama, and (2) why I will probably vote for him anyway:

(1)’ groveling before the Israel Lobby Obama has dispelled any hope that his presidency would make a difference.’

(2)‘The Republican Party has morphed into a Brownshirt Party.  The party worships “energy in the executive.” If the Brownshirt Republicans are reelected, they only need one more Supreme Court appointment in order to destroy American liberty.

‘That is what is at stake in the November election. As bad as Obama is on important issues, his election will signal rejection of the tyranny to which the Republicans are committed.’

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By cyrena, June 16, 2008 at 12:25 am Link to this comment


I can vouch for the fact that Ernest Canning and Ed Harges are *not* the same people, though both of them are certainly knowledgeable on the details of the Clean Break Paper and the connection to the PNAC. Just a quick glance at the signatories is connection enough. And by now, these issues are well known. They come up in University lectures across the nation, as well as in meetings of various citizen organizations. And, there’s been in-depth discussion here on this site, over the past 18 months that I’ve been reading and posting here. So, all of the dots have already been connected by many, many people.

So I guess the real challenge at this point, is to make millions more Americans aware of the SAME, in a hope that it MIGHT (yes I know I’m being idealistic) put some pressure on the Thugs, NOT to attack Iran.

In short, is there ANYTHING that ‘we the people’ can do, to prevent this? Would it help for millions more Americans to understand that the planned attack on Iran is a result of this “Project for a New American Century” which is in essence all of these papers that Elliot Cohen has cited, INCLUDING the Clean Break Papers. (yes I know the PNAC is actually the group/think tank that designed all of the papers to create the ‘project’)

So, can you suggest whether or not this information, if placed in the full view for consumption for the other millions of Americans, might provoke enough of an outcry to prevent the attack on Iran? And, how would we get that information out there, considering the blackout that MSM maintains on such information?

Any thoughts would be helpful.

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By fascistUSA, June 15, 2008 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment
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Esoteric Agenda (2 hour documentary - “they” are trying to take down), Empire of Cities : Ring of power (4 hour documentary), The Illuminati (Fritz Springmeier’s books are MUCH better AND available for download at, Loose Chnage, and

Better check your assumptions. George Washington was a Freemason. So was almost every signer of The Declaration of Independance.

The Truth is Incredible.

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By Leefeller, June 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

Troll this

During the Hillary Obama wars on TD we had many posters suddenly appear and attack the Obama positions by blitzing,  name calling, attacking the messenger, but nothing of substance on issues.  It was sort of entertaining and ugly at the same time.  What I noticed most of all, is the Hillary supporters never provided any comments on issues other then attacks on Obama, nor did they ever show presence sort of speak on articles about the Iraq war and other topic articles.  Seems we should have been able to find common ground and respect,  but not with these folks.

Several of the Hillary supporters posted on other topics, but most blitzed against Obama, one could say they were trolls.  Trolling web sites to cause divisive mischief I suppose. My suspicion that they were on the Hillary payroll will never be known.

Control over the mass media by the elite, has spurred web interaction between posters, which has been enlightening and refreshing bickering may be productive to some, it only creates misunderstanding and animosity,  some people prefer it that way.

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By keepyourheaddown, June 15, 2008 at 4:06 pm Link to this comment
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MCLoser couldn’t win if he was running by himself.
Does it get anymore pathetic?
Oh yeah it does, his name is Bush…

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By Guenter, June 15, 2008 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment
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...from douchebag (McCain) becoming the next president.

He is a liar and a crook. Wonder why the came out when Kerry run with this swift boat scam. McCain’s POW story and being tortured by North Vietnamese is a huge lie. Time to bring it up.

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By GreenFoxFive, June 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

LOL, Surely no one is really considering McBush for President??? I mean really. Can you really imagine another for years of Dictator Bush? God help us all.

Ultimate Anonymity

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By Sodium, June 15, 2008 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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Re:“Clean Break” is the Fore-Runner for PNAC.

Ernest Canning,

Thank you for your post of June 14 in which you have
explained that “PNAC” is an acronym for “Project for New American Century”,although I have expected Ed Harges to respond with much more details.

Of course,you could not possibly know what I really had in my mind as I raised the question to Ed Harges.
So,your suggestion to me to read the article before reading the comments is quite understandable.However,
It will be only fair to let you know and let Ed Harges know the following points:

-For your information,I read Mr.Elliot Cohen’s article entitled"John McCain’s Chilling Project for America” very carefully before I raised the question to Ed Herges.In fact,I have known exactly what PNAC
stands for way before I even read Mr. Cohen’s article
The question then arises:why did I then raise the
question as to the meaning of PNAC?? A fair question.

-By asking Ed Harges(assuming he is not you)to explain to me what PNAC stands for was to induce him
to expose more of what he knew about the neoconservatives,since I gathered the impression that he really knew much much more than he posted on PNAC,
on his post of June 13.

-Although Elliot Cohen’s article has listed several
names who played significant roles in writing or signing the PNAC,the article has failed to mention that the Fore-Runner of PNAC was a paper entitled
“CLEAN Break:A New Strategy for Securing the Realm”
which was submitted in 1996 to Mr.Benjamin Netanyahu,
Prime Minister of Israel then.Netanyahu’s response was that it was too much for Israel to handle.The PNAC was submitted in 1997-1998 to the then President
Bill Clinton who had managed to ignore it.

-The irony lies in the fact that Mr. Elliot Cohen’s
article has failed to,at least,mention that the paper
entitled “Clean Break:A New Strategy to Secure the
Realm” as the Fore=Runner for PNAC,Ed Harges(assuming
again that he is not you)was/is knowledgeable and
objective enough in mentioning it so clearly and so
brilliantly and without the slightest hesitation.That
was the real reason which induced me to the question, in the first place.I wanted to squeese more information from the Knowledgeable,Ed Herges,whoever he or she was/is.

Final words:I strongly urge anyone who is interested to understand the essence and common denominator that
connect the “Clen Break:A New Strategy for Securing
the Realm” and the “Project for New American Century”
(PNAC) to Google and study both papers and their authors who must be held accountable for the destruction of Iraq,as a functioning society, sovereign country,and member of the United Nations.
Just Google the title of each paper and you will get plenty of information about each of them.Please study them and reach your own conclusion.Good Luck.

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By Leefeller, June 15, 2008 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Our plutocracy is run by one, only providing the illusion of two parties.  Controlled Division is necessary to maintain status quo.  Hence what we see is what we get.

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By Amon Drool, June 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

scottk…i, for one, appreciate your civil and gracious response to ernest.  you’re right…we all have to follow our individual consciences.  i happen to be of the lesser-evilism “school.”  altho, believe me, if i thought ralph had a shot, i’d vote for him in a heartbeat.  it just doesn’t seem right to me to make a symbolic vote…especially when this article has tied mcMcain so closely to the manic militarist neocons.  you’re probably right…obama will put just put a more benign face on empire lite.  (his call for a troop surge in afghanistan i find mind-boggling) i just ran outa typing space?!??  what’s up here?

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By cann4ing, June 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

scottk, I’ll respect your decision but leave you to contemplate something a history prof said to me back in 1969 shortly after I returned from Vietnam.

“If the American right can always be criticized for its utter insensitivity to the human condition, the American left can always be criticized for its inability to count.”

The base reality is that a vote for Nader is the equivalent to not voting at all.  While there is much to criticize in both Obama and the corporate sector of the Democratic Party, there is little or no truth in Nader’s assertion that there would be no difference between an Obama presidency and a McCain presidency just as there was no truth in the assertion that there would have been no truth to the claim that there was no difference between Bush and Gore—and people all over this planet, especially our troops and millions of Iraqis have paid a heavy price because so many refused to acknowledge that difference.

Yet you would do it again?  Shocking!

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By americahappens1, June 14, 2008 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

....and bringing a voice to the American people.

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By Amon Drool, June 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

paul easton…good luck with reading rousseau.  i was unable to get in a flow with his 18th century style.  if you’re able to, more power to ya.  a good modern meditation on rousseau is marshall berman’s The Politics of Authenticity.  can one be a noble savage in the modern world?  who knows?  but ya better give it a try…

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By cyrena, June 14, 2008 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

Response to Scottk #163041

Let’s be really clear here, just so you can save yourself some time and energy. You are ‘standard issue’ on this website, following the normal of flow of things, but specifically in terms of this historical time in our political history as a nation. It follows from the concept that there’s always one, two, or more in every ‘crowd’. They come and go, floating through to be wherever they can, whenever they can, designed to do the most damage as they can, with whatever methods/tactics they ‘assume’ will be most effective.

In blog language, we call you trolls, though you may not like being addressed as such. Still, that’s the terminology that’s grown from the technology/communication. It is what it is, and you are that, and we know you are that. (or, at least I do, and others can figure it out for themselves.)

Here’s a typical profile on how you are easily spotted, specifically in times of elections and other politically charged times. (which seems all of the time for the past 8 years, but it waxes and wanes.)

First, you NEVER advance a candidate or party choice preference of your own. (at least you don’t verbalize it, so as far as we know, you could be 100% in support of the current cabal of thugs, and a protégé of Karl Rove). Since you never advance a preference of any party, platform, principle, cause, issue of your own, you never put forth a case FOR anything, or anyone.

RATHER, your entire time and space is taken up by taking whatever information you can find from anywhere, (including even reliable news sources – few that they are) and then framing your negative or smear in a way that the source seems to support. (but only after you’ve framed it as such).

One of many excellent examples of this is the currently available interview on Democracy NOW!, with Vincent Bugliosi. He explains, (in record time) just how the Thugs were able to sell the majority of the American population on a connection between Saddam’s Iraq and 9/11 and al-Qaeda, in order to gain popular support for the war on Iraq that had been in the planning by the neo-cons for over a decade.

Another excellent example, (that certainly put the 2004 John Kerry Swiftboat Operation to shame) was the hoopla created over the sound bytes from 6 year old sermons by Jeremiah Wright. Same with the Muslim identity smears of Obama that began long, long, ago…like from even BEFORE he announced his candidacy.

So that’s the first component of the scheme, which is actually as old as dirt. It’s the propaganda via whatever means of communication are available at the time. It’s a REQUIRED component of any individual, group of individuals, or political regime, to destabilize, or otherwise control a population. The most sophisticated of the operations, (as used by Fascist or Dictatorial regimes) is to create chaos by means of terror/confusion/divisiveness etc, and to MAINTAIN that chaos, because that maintains the control. But, that’s at the macro level. Yours is at the micro level, and is basically lightweight small time stuff, but it still works. That’s how Kerry was undermined. 

So, that’s what you do here. That’s why every post you make involves some sort of a smear, criticism, or negative innuendo about Barack Obama. Some sort of an implied or implicit connection to something that generally doesn’t exist, or at least not in the terms that you’re trying to create.

The OTHER part of the process is to target and harass anyone who RECOGNIZES what you’re up to, and calls you out on it, therefore bringing it to the attention of your ‘victims’ who might not notice it immediately themselves. In your case, that’s me.

So, now we’re clear, and you can stop addressing me directly in your ‘work’. I’m not going anywhere, and apparently you aren’t either. Just so we’re clear.

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By cann4ing, June 14, 2008 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

Nothing new there, Scottk.  If you go to Obama’s web site you will find similar language posted throughout.  Newsflash!  Obama is not Dennis Kucinich.  Neither is Hillary Clinton. I wish they were, but they’re not even close.  But, faced with a McCain presidency that would put the finishing touches on the Bush/Cheney assault on constitutional democracy and the rule of law, Obama is the only electoral option open to progressives.

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By cann4ing, June 14, 2008 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

Sodium, “PNAC” is the acronym for the Project for a New American Century.  A detailed description of PNAC is set forth in Elliot Cohen’s article.  Respectfully, I would suggest actually reading the articles “before” you move on to reading the comments.

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By miroslav, June 14, 2008 at 6:47 am Link to this comment

Truth and Consequences

The town [?], the collection of house trailers known as
Truth and Consequences
abuts Elephant Butte
one or more dry cheeks and creak beds
just upriver,
the mere length of a thirsty Elephant trunk,
on the Rio Grande
up from the seat of Otero County
Las Cruces Nuevo Mejico and its Organ Mountains craggy with geologic truths, truths of upheavals, not to be worn wind smoothed for another hundred thousand years….

Where does truth abut? 
the Rio Grande?

A Rio Grande that is an antipode of itself: muy pequeño
as fat or thin as you view it from your perspective as an Elephant pissing into a gutter…

muy seco courtesy of the orchard keepers irrigation drainage

seco of truth but not of sand in your eyes if you peer wide eyed into the shifting dunes of time

its piss in your soup at that dubious point

Just wide enough for an old Jaguar’s one last broad jump length for a Jaguar can cross for a final disappointed leap into
to lap of an old whore full of lies as of lice…

Muy seco like the mesquite
The creosote that is used to tar the liars in a hell that only exists on earth…

Consequences galore.

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By miroslav, June 14, 2008 at 6:45 am Link to this comment

The current president regarded not as the abysm of governance but as the pinnacle of a successful criminal conspiracy! The very godfather of corporate crime!

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By miroslav, June 14, 2008 at 6:44 am Link to this comment


Bagdad, the Musical….

Welcome, and subscribe to Bugdud, the musical

Bush & Co presents,

Subscribe now.

The time cannot be far off

Remember Ms. Saigon,

Starring the one and only Akmad Chalabi himself dancing with the Wolf

tearing down the statue of old Baddass of Bugdud

Saddam, goddamned Saddamn

with rockets flying overhead…

The early bird gets more than the worm

he is guaranteed a Halliburton-like return

Bush & Co. does not fly on the cheap…. on the Mesopotamian futures exchange….

In the background, as constant accompaniment is the Moktadar al Sadr Brigade, singing and dancing and brandishing their weapons in… I don’t know… how about Red Army Style…

Then we have a few Marines kicking ass out of some wooden doors… some Special very special forces…
and of course we have Sheherezade whom we import from yet another fantasy… or maybe we should just call her Fatima the Fair….

Our rhythm section consists of a dozen mortars….

The sirens are the high-pitched sounds of jets overhead…

With some whirly-birds for rhythmic accompaniment

Since everything Amurrican made has to have that constant bounce

The old up and down the hip of of the mechanical age…

Each early investor is guaranteed a vial of real Arabian desert sand drenched in blood… for special investors we throw in a visit to a virtual Iraq in Death Valley….

And our master of ceremonies, Akmad Chalabi, the hero of errors, playing himself…

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By kanuear, June 14, 2008 at 4:48 am Link to this comment
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Elliot !!!
Isn’t this the foundation of the USA ?

“John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. The credo of this group is “the end justifies the means,” and the end of establishing the United States as the world’s sole superpower justifies, in its estimation, anything from military control over the information on the Internet to the use of genocidal biological weapons.”



C L E A R….....

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By Sodium, June 14, 2008 at 1:28 am Link to this comment
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Ed Harges,

I have been impressed by the accuracy of the content
of your posts.Reading your posts tells me that you really know what you are talking about.But sometimes
you leave a simple reader like me wondering about some abbreviations you use without spelling out what they= stand for.Example:in your post of June 13,you mentioned PNAC.Please tell me what PNAC stands for.Thank you.

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By cyrena, June 14, 2008 at 12:39 am Link to this comment

On this:

“..Today I read that members of Congress have approximately $150 million worth of investments in major U.S. military contractors.  So much for any ‘check’ by Congress on massive defense spending.
Anybody know if it’s possible to access financial holdings of members of Congress?  We need names. “
Just as a primer of sorts, Leigh left this link earlier in what she called her ‘mother-of-five-voice’, which makes me think she was trying to get out attention. Nancy Pelosi is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, and she and her husband are tightly inbred with the defense industry.

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By paul easton, June 14, 2008 at 12:03 am Link to this comment

And come to think of it, I find its very helpful that Drool tipped me to Rousseau. I looked at Wikipedia and feel he was amazingly insightful for a thinker of that era. I’ll have to read his books. Thanks so much.

Frankly I feel I’m not nearly as bright as that but I came to my insights though observation of the new youth culture.

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By cann4ing, June 13, 2008 at 11:09 pm Link to this comment

Excellent point, wasabinoir.  But I would add that McCain is not simply linked to the neoconservative engine, but that he is actually to the right of it. 

Although the media has erected the myth that John McCain is a maverick, in reality McCain is more belligerent than George W. Bush.  His roots lie deep within the military-industrial complex and U.S. imperialism, with his grandfather having been an admirable largely responsible for the expansion of U.S. Naval power and his admiral father having at one time served as the commander of U.S. naval forces.  His world outlook and commitment to imperial conquest are strikingly similar, historically, to General Tojo of imperial Japan.

Like George W. Bush, McCain is a son of privilege who is really not all that bright—a point embodied in his having graduated 894 out of 899 in his class at the Naval Academy, and his hair-trigger temper is legendary, making him perhaps the last man on earth who should have his meaty fingers near the nuclear trigger.

Then, of course, if the fool doesn’t annihilate us all first, it is likely that his election and perpetuation of Bush regime economic policies will lead to a total meltdown of the U.S. economy, an end to all remnants of constitutional protections of our civil liberties and the final descent into fascism.  I suppose it is a matter of picking your poison.

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By paul easton, June 13, 2008 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

I can seriously second Mr Drool on “lesser-evilism”.

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By jackpine savage, June 13, 2008 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Yes, Amon, it is very reminiscent of the waning days of the Nixon administration (and again, note the similarity in players).  If memory serves me well, there was a time when Kissinger actually subverted the President and made any military strikes go through him. 

I agree that the H.W. Bush wing is much more sensible.  Unfortunately, Pappa already tried to save his boy’s skin once by stocking the Iraq Study Group with those men, but they got tossed out by their former interns.

Everyone knew that Nixon was going down; that tied his hands and relieved people close to him of some responsibility for loyalty.  Impeachment proceedings are important, not to get a verdict, but to tie the administration down…it should have been done long ago.

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By wasabinoir, June 13, 2008 at 4:44 pm Link to this comment

It is remarkable that Senator McCain has been able to present himself as a “maverick” when he is so closely linked to the neo-conservative idealogical engine that runs the White House’s foreign policy.  I’m not surprised that he can achieve such Leo Straussian mendacity when the opposition falls for the baiting comments of provocateurs (like some of the commentators below) who encourage observers to loose sight of the real issues of the day.

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By Karolee, June 13, 2008 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment
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I’m just afraid that there are too many misguided Hillary supporters who will vote for McCain.  I can’t imagine what they’re thinking - or I guess they aren’t.

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By cyrena, June 13, 2008 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

You’re right Ed..

“...Whoa. There’s a blatant gap in Mr. Cohen’s history of these people. Between the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance and the 1997 founding of PNAC, there is the 1996 “Clean Break” paper…”

I noticed this myself, but not until I re-read it..I got side tracked when I read of the first 1992 effort…the Defense Planning Guide, because I don’t remember that. Or, if I did, I guess I didn’t connect it to this same Cabal.

No, I take that back. I can’t have heard of the contents of the DPG before now..the advocating of pre-emptive attacks with nukes, chem./bio weapons…etc. Because, that’s what shocked me when I read this yesterday. That’s when I guess I got side tracked.

But yeah…he doesn’t mention the Clean Break paper, OR the fact that they’d sent the request to Clinton in 1997 to do the overthrow then.

Wonder why Clinton didn’t go for it?

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By cyrena, June 13, 2008 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

JBlack…this sounds very much like a threat, and I’m not the only one observing it as such..

•  “It truly is creepy to be constantly attacked, isn’t it? It doesn’t really feel good, right? I hope I’m getting through to you.”

So no…you’re not ‘getting through’ to me, but you ARE harassing me, and I’m not sure what your point is. Are you getting some sort of satisfaction from this? Is says a lot if you are.

Scotty, what do you mean by this? I’ll repost it exactly as you’ve written it.

“Cyrena, they are not attacking you because they are sick and tired of all your bullshit, belittling of people, and race baiting.”

So then, why ARE you attacking me scott? You say it’s NOT this, but that has been all I’ve heard from rus, jblack, and you. So, what exactly is it, that has made you all feel ‘belittled’? I mentioned earlier that I’ve collected nearly 30 posts between russ and jblack, that are direct attacks and accusations of my ‘belittling’ ‘people, though only they interpret it as such.

Meantime, as I’ve mentioned, you all just continue to make yourselves look foolish and insecure.

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By cyrena, June 13, 2008 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment

Rus7355 or whatever…
I’ve made a similar request to JBlack, and I’m now going to make the same request of you on this open forum. I’ve so far collected 27 posts between the two of you, that can be viewed as nothing more than vicious and visceral PERSONAL attacks against me, each and every one of them unwarranted and more importantly, UNPROVOKED.
Be advised. You’re treading dangerous ground here. Personal attacks don’t bode well on these forums, and while I’ve already given you enough rope to hang yourselves, I really hate to be the result of your suicides.

Let it go guys. Or, get a room, and keep it between the two of you.

Stalking and hate speech is a criminal offense.

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By xyzaffair, June 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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John McCain is no hero.  He’s no Dwight Eisenhower, who led a daring and risky campaign against a murderous aggressor, and warned the nation about the dangers of unchecked military build-up upon leaving office.  John McCain bombed people from thousands of feet in the air; people who only wanted to be free of unwanted foreign influence.

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By cann4ing, June 13, 2008 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

Code Pink had the best response to Mad Dog McCain’s “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.”

Using the same Beach Boy’s refrain from “Barbara Ann” a group of women who, unlike McCain, could actually carry a tune and harmonize, broke out with:

“Oh John McCain
“You are insane
“Don’t bomb, bomb,
“bomb, bomb Iran.”

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By dick, June 13, 2008 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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Clearly, McClain is a neo-con himself, alligned with the neocons who place Israel’s interests ahead of all else, and who control the middle east policies of the current Admin and Congress. But both partys are in lock-step in this regard. There is no difference, as anyone watching the recent APAIC meeting can readily confirm. Israel is in control.

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By August West, June 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment

Very enlightening article by Mr. Cohen proving that he McCain is likely to carry on the ruinous foreign policy of the GWB administration.  I was very disturbed to read in the article that John Bolton is being considered as a possible Secretary of State in a McCain government.  How about Paul Wolfowitz as Secretary of War?  Or how about a spry 67-year-old Dick Cheney as Vice President?  The 22nd Amendment doesn’t say anything about limiting the service of the Veep.  The NeoCons would be digging life again.

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By ArmyDaddy, June 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm Link to this comment
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This isn’t about “keeping American power” Mr. Cohen, this is an ideology that started during the Reagan Era that’s gotten out of control. It is an ideology hijacked by the same people who are chanting for a war against Iran. And these people think everybody is wrong except them.

These people will never get enough of war. There is NO plan, it is just gluttony and they want more and more war. McCain Presidency, I hope not, like Reagans will be hijacked. McCain is a perfect tool The hell with the American people, Constitution or the New World our forefathers set out to create base on forward thinking. The American forefathers are probably boiling with anger. 

There is no plan or thought to what these people are doing, just and ideology that has been formulating for 28 years, not just since Baby Bush took over.

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By cyrena, June 13, 2008 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

•  “..Cyrena writes; “The comments here so far, (aside from JPS)...-who happens to agree with Ms. Cyrena-…”

You’re proving my point again. You’re unhinged, and totally obsessed with attacking me. Can you even engage the material, or do you just live to attack me?

How do you get from these comments that JPS ‘happens to agree with me’?

Get some meds or something JBlack, and see if you can’t somehow get me off of your mind. I’m not the least bit flattered by your attention. It’s really, really, creepy to be stalked by a psychopath.

Go away. Check in with your buddy, the ex-pres who you say is a Constitutional scholar, even though he’s been disbarred from practicing law in a federal court.  Check in with him. Maybe he has something that will calm you down. Or, check-in with his wife, Hillary Rodham. She might be able to save your other best buddy, GW Bush. She did once before you know.

Yep, she represented him when she was with the Rose Law firm. They had to save him from the investors that he defrauded when he bankrupted Harken Oil. (he did that with several companies). They got him off though, and he went on to become a puppet moron who bankrupted the entire USA.

Have a great day JBlack.

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By ocjim, June 13, 2008 at 9:06 am Link to this comment

We could cite many reasons to reject McSame. His radical military policy, although he has advocated it for years, could be explained away by saying it will soften if he becomes president. This is doubtful and obviously is not worth the risk.

But with the recent Supreme Court vote regarding detainees in Cuba—Justice 5, Brutality 4—McCain has let it be known specifically that he would appoint justices like 2 of the brutes: Roberts and Alito. Vote for McSame and get more surety that your rights will be taken away.

Yes, supporters can still vote for someone they might want to have a beer with, that is, if it’s before curfew.

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By Amon Drool, June 13, 2008 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

jackpine…your last post brings to mind the last couple of months of the nixon administration.  the trick knew he was goin’ down and he had begun to drink heavily.  officials close to him began to worry…after all, this was a guy who had his hand on the “button.”  it’s been said that haig alerted the joint chief of staff members to be wary of any “let’s start lobbing the big ones” orders from the executive branch.
i wasn’t exactly exactly thrilled when gates came in as secretary of DOD.  but now it don’t look so bad.  the bush sr./scowcraft/gates wing of the repubs seems to be a little more prudent.  we can only hope.

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By felicity, June 13, 2008 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Naive me had always thought that when all else failed Congress, which afterall is supposed to represent the interests of the common citizen, would hold the habitually deviant Executive Branch in check.

Today I read that members of Congress have approximately $150 million worth of investments in major U.S. military contractors.  So much for any ‘check’ by Congress on massive defense spending.

Anybody know if it’s possible to access financial holdings of members of Congress?  We need names.

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By Timothy1119, June 13, 2008 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

At least if republicans could build an economy that could pay for all this stuff that would be something!

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By Ed Harges, June 13, 2008 at 7:59 am Link to this comment
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Whoa. There’s a blatant gap in Mr. Cohen’s history of these people. Between the 1992 Defense Planning Guidance and the 1997 founding of PNAC, there is the 1996 “Clean Break” paper.

It was written for an Israeli think tank by several nominally “American” Israel-centric neocons led by Richard Perle. Perle personally presented the paper to Israeli prime minister Netanyahu.

The plan (full title “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm”) was concerned with the Israeli “realm”, not the American one. And it called for a massive series of wars to destroy Israel’s rivals Iraq, Iran, and Syria (and perhaps beyond), and to expand Israel’s borders. Netanyahu said it was too big a job for Israel to do.

Let’s see ... maybe some other country could do it for Israel instead?

The next year, PNAC was founded, by many of the same people and more of their Israel-centric friends, and what do you know? The PNAC plan called for much the same “solutions” for the Middle East - but in the PNAC plan it was all dressed up as something for United States interests, to secure the US “realm”.

There was a new emphasis on grabbing all that oil, and achieving great glory for the United States (“See? It only happens to be what Israel wants, too!”)

And guess what? Perle later became chairman of Bush’s Defense Policy Board, and many of his like-minded buddies became close advisers to Cheney and Bush or members of the administration.

And many are prominent Washington “defense” think tank pundits and op-ed columnists constantly appearing on TV “news” and commentary shows as “experts” explaining to us why we have to wage all these wars that just happen to be in Israel’s strategic interests, though America just happens to be doing all the necessary dying and killing and going bankrupt and all.

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By purplewolf, June 13, 2008 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

The fact this continues is no surprise. Remember keep dumbing down the American public. It makes me ashamed to be an American when such corruptness still continues, done underhandly of course.In fact McCain continues shows he is another puppet. His mental stability in the past few days on the news has been questionable. He is either delusional, or so out of touch with the reality of the world. Also will the rest of the world allow the US to take over?After all we are bankrupt. So to pay for this massive undertaking, we are borrowing money from around the world. Maybe they should cut off the money supply as we all know these rich egomaniacs will not spend one cent of their ill gotten monies on this madness.

America has roughly 300 million people in it and the world has over 6 billion. And not everyone in this country is capable of being a soldier in the take over of the world plans of these power freaks. Sure they can hire some guns to help in the take over, but it seems impossible that the rest of the world would allow the power corrupt of America to take over the whole world. McCain also has talked of keeping Cheney in his inner circle of corruption-not as VP as he claims they are too much alike. How he can claim he is not Bush3 makes no sense. Much like most of what he says on the campaign trail. We can hope that these people will not be allowed to steal yet another election.

Their plan to the comment,“they hate us for our freedoms, is false, since we have lost more of our freedoms since this administration stole the presidency in 2000, they should love us more as we are less free as a society they we were before Bush/Cheney/McCain?

Lets hope that the rest of the world tells the “bullies who want the whole pie for themselves,” that they are not interested in these pipe dreams of the current government and will no longer assist them with the monies to continue this delusion. America cannot take care of and run itself properly as it is now and is in no way capable of over seeing the whole world. This administration is the spoiled brat child who demands all the toys from those who outgrew them long ago.

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By jackpine savage, June 13, 2008 at 7:44 am Link to this comment

My apologies for speaking in metaphor…

I agree with some other posters on this thread: this is not “news” that it is not new.  All of this information was available before the 2000 election.  All of this information was available after 9/11, etc.

Keep in mind that these men, Trotskyites from way back, have been scheming and dreaming of this plan for world domination for most of their adult lives.  They’ve weaved themselves in and out of government service since the Nixon administration.  That is, they aren’t going to go away with the election of Sen Obama.

However, the next six months or so represent their last best, real chance to fully implement their plans.  Things are falling apart.  They bungled their evil masterplan.  Sure, they don’t mind a war torn Iraq, but Iraq was supposed to be a dustup before moving on to Iran.  Moreover, Iraq was supposed to display the overwhelming superiority of the American military machine and frighten the bejeesus out of everyone.  Reality has been unkind to to these old radical leftwing, communist world revolutionaries.  It is the same reality that caused them to swing so far to the right and take on fascism instead of communism. (though here is a good place to point out how close the extremes really are)

McCain is no guarantee that they will be able to continue their plan unmolested, but Obama means trouble as it is harder to invaded countries from outside of government service.  In this respect, they are like cornered rodents…and cornered rodents are unpredictable.

While the world focuses on the presidential election, i fear that we will not pay enough attention to the current “government” of these United States.  And the next six months are - in my humble opinion - the most dangerous six months of American history.  These men have nothing left to lose and only one serious shot left at the brass ring.

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By Purple Girl, June 13, 2008 at 6:38 am Link to this comment

What this article proves far more than Mac’s complicty- is the Decades in which this Doctrine has been operating- Kissinger, and of course the Boys who stepped out of the Shadows to ‘Run’ this admin-Cheney Rummy Wolfie. And Finally Proves those in the Media who we have always Known to be on the Take- or Insane.
I was shocked by 9/11 but NOT surprised.The massiveness of the attack dwarfed all previous- but was a Logical progression when taken into Historical context.
Of Course I may be still be far too naive- if these were their Goals before 9/11 in does not take a giant leap to consider they were responsible for 9/11.Their actions since have proven the convenience and Necessity of such an event to kick start their end game.
Granted I place blame squarely at the Feet of these Oil men for Reckless Endangerment from their Business Practice and Stratedgies, It is no great feat to place Forethought and malice regarding 9/11 on their doorstep too.I consider these ‘goals’ as incontrovertable Evidence to support such high Crime Charges.
W’s words ‘Hate You for your Freedoms’ was a admission of Motivation and intent, Substantiated by their actions against US over the last 8 yrs.

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By AT, June 13, 2008 at 6:01 am Link to this comment
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all this was done in your name and money.

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By Amon Drool, June 12, 2008 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment


the grand dame of truthdig, cyrena, has once again let us know that we just don’t “get it.” like this info about the pnac hasn’t been out there for a long time.  rahul mahajan wrote the book Full Spectrum Dominance telling this whole story about the pnac in 2003.  thanks to elliot cohen, though, for making mcCain’s connection to this group explicit.

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By cyrena, June 12, 2008 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

The comments here so far, (aside from JPS) make it pretty clear that EITHER these folks never read the article, or are clearly and forever trapped in the rabbit hole.


HELLO OUT THERE!! Does ANYBODY understand the significance of the PNAC and its policy that has FINALLY been realized, (they first put this plan together back in 1992 folks) in the disaster that is our so-called government?

I’m gonna give some benefit of the doubt here. I know this was a long article. It took me a while to get through it myself, because it is SO FULL of the REAL GOODS! CONFIRMATION folks, of what we’ve only so far suspected, and been able to half-assed put together. It’s ALL here. One would have to be a complete imbecile to NOT make the connection between the members of the PNAC, and THEIR TOTALITARIAN PLAN (that makes Hitler’s and others look like a disorganized motley crew) to take over the flippin’ world, YOU INCLUDED!

The fact that these connections have been made to John McCain should scare the living shit out of anybody! Forget all the other stuff that’s wrong with him, or the other crimes that he and his current wife have committed, (hers..theft due to her former drug addiction) because compared to THIS, it’s all small stuff.

So, READ IT AGAIN, or READ IT the first time for Christ’s sake! This is one of THE BEST pieces I’ve read since The Coup, to actually shed light and provide the necessary connections and documentation for who/how/why our country and our government has been highjacked. THIS EXPLAINS IT! Now that might go right over the heads of those who still haven’t figured out that they’ve been highjacked. A massive propaganda machine has kept most of us in the dark I admit. Besides THAT, the secrecy of this entire operation, (absolutely necessary in order to carry it out) has made it difficult to put all of this together. (especially for the average American who gets all of their information, -or none at all- from the MSM).

The ONLY difference from this Totalitarian operation, (the PNAC regime in power now) is that as a general rule, these regimes – like Hitler’s Nazis, or even Stalin or Mussolini’s gang, don’t generally groom SUCCESSORS! That is NOT the case here. These guys have their successor in John McCain, and after this, in either Jeb Bush, or one of the others. READ THE ARTICLE and LEARN something about your fate!

There will be a test. Concentrate on the IDEOLOGY first. (that’s always a fundamental component of any Authoritarian State where Totalitarianism is the goal). And if you can’t figure that out, or understand the connections that the author makes for you, read the last page and TRUST that he knows what he’s talking about!! (even if you don’t)..which is the continuation of a DICTATORSHIP!

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By miroslav, June 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm Link to this comment

either with mccain or the neo-liberal obama. hard whisky or a smooth chocolate milkshake with your poison, what’s the diff?

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By NKPSOW VET, June 12, 2008 at 8:13 pm Link to this comment
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The following website produced by some of McCain’s fellow POWs has been around a while.

Also, remember his Admiral Dad helped to cover up the USS Liberty attack by the Israelis.

Do you really want this blow hard as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Maybe his VP can be Bill O’Rielly.

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By Amon Drool, June 12, 2008 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

jps…haven’t seen a post from u in a while.  i was affeared that u left over the non-credo flap.  i’m not so sure i “get it.”  altho i do know that in my darker moments i wish that americans would give the same treatment to bush/cheney that the italians gave to benito m.

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By jackpine savage, June 12, 2008 at 6:19 pm Link to this comment

I once worked at an apartment complex.  One morning, i noticed a very sick skunk in one of the parking lots…foaming at the mouth, the whole bit.  A very sick animal, feeling trapped is always a somewhat dangerous thing…especially if they can make you stink.

I suggested to my boss that we either A. throw a sheet over it and bash it to death with a shovel or B. run it over with the truck. (i wasn’t about to remove it alive)  Mr Boss man didn’t like either of those ideas.  He called the police.

So there i was, standing in the parking lot when the cop pulled up.  We talked for a minute; he was pissed about getting called for a sick skunk.  He asked why we didn’t throw a sheet over it and bash it to death or run it over.  I discreetly pointed to the boss, sitting in the truck like a ninny.

He stepped to the side and nodded at the shovel in my hand.  I gave the skunk a quick flip onto the grass.  As the officer stepped towards the squirming skunk, he drew his side arm and popped it twice.

The boss drove away; the cop called in the discharge; and i disposed of the skunk and apologized to the Asian woman who was taking her children to the car when the shoots were fired.

Get it?

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By kath cantarella, June 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment
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And yet they don’t fear McCain. i can’t understand it.

Is the conservative media that powerful? It must be, there’s no other explanation.

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By Amon Drool, June 12, 2008 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment

this article and the inability of americans to break the 2 party duopoly are the reasons why a “lesser-evilism” vote is again necessary in 2008

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