Senator John McCain, the man whose adoration by the US state-corporate media is second only to his proclivity to turn up as an agitator in whichever country happens to be the next stop on the neocon PNAC world domination tour has showed up in Kiev again this weekend. With the massively over-hyped imminent Russian invasion only hours away according to US and western propaganda organs - because Putin is just like Hitler you know - the pathological media prostitute is hellbent on working the crowds after the western backed coup d'etat that ousted democratically elected leader Viktor Yanukovych. It wasn't that long ago that the Arizona Senator who was recently censured by his own state's Republican party for being too "liberal" (although his warmongering doesn't seem to bother them) was in the Ukrainian capital city where he was pictured schmoozing with the vile facsists and neo-Nazis who provided the muscle for the toppling of the legitimate government. While his public relations staff, including a woman named Elizabeth O'Bagy whose claim to fame was being outed as a paid liar over her credentials as an 'expert' during the selling of the preempted war on Syria will likely not make the same mistake as having the rotten old bastard photographed next to Oleh Tyahnybok of the Svodoba party again.
While setting the stage for what will end up being the greatest US foreign policy debacle since Iraq (another joint venture of the neocons and McCain) the corrupt media in this country has done a masterful job in brainwashing the sheeple into the acceptance of Cold War: The Sequel. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll a whopping 72 percent of Americans see Russia as an "adversary", a "record" number according to what more of an authoritative source than NBC News. What the low-information types who always swallow the lies of the state and the propagandists that serve it is that when considering that the Wall Street Journal was acquired by unprincipled mogul Rupert Murdoch what the poll essentially is as a joint venture between MSNBC and FOX and we all know what sort of unbiased viewers are attracted to that type of swill. Still despite the fraudulent narrative that is pumped out Americans are being suckered into another quagmire - it almost worked last summer with the bogus Assad gassed his own people tale coupled with the war porn video of dying children in Syria until Russian leader Vladimir Putin saved Obama and the US from another self-inflicted wound. The neocons were furious over that one being blown up and turned their focus to the destabilization of Ukraine and a proxy war with Putin instead.
McCain seems to revel in particular in showing up wherever he can to cause more problems for the Obama administration and pushing for the renewed animosity between the US and Russia over the Ukraine coup is just the venue of the moment. The dyspeptic one just had a scathing op ed piece published in the New York Times entitled "Obama Has Made America Look Weak" from which I excerpt:
For five years, Americans have been told that "the tide of war is receding," that we can pull back from the world at little cost to our interests and values. This has fed a perception that the United States is weak, and to people like Mr. Putin, weakness is provocative.
That is how Mr. Putin viewed the "reset" policy. United States missile defense plans were scaled back. Allies in Eastern Europe and Georgia were undercut. NATO enlargement was tabled. A new strategic arms reduction treaty required significant cuts by America, but not Russia. Mr. Putin gave little. Mr. Obama promised "more flexibility."
Mr. Putin also saw a lack of resolve in President Obama's actions beyond Europe. In Afghanistan and Iraq, military decisions have appeared driven more by a desire to withdraw than to succeed. Defense budgets have been slashed based on hope, not strategy. Iran and China have bullied America's allies at no discernible cost. Perhaps worst of all, Bashar al-Assad crossed President Obama's "red line" by using chemical weapons in Syria, and nothing happened to him.
More broadly, we must rearm ourselves morally and intellectually to prevent the darkness of Mr. Putin's world from befalling more of humanity. We may wish to believe, as President Obama has said, that we are not "in competition with Russia." But Mr. Putin believes Russia is in competition with us, and pretending otherwise is an unrealistic basis for a great nation's foreign policy.
Three American presidents have sought to cooperate with Mr. Putin where our interests converge. What should be clear now, and should have been clear the last time he tore apart a country, is that our interests do not converge much. He will always insist on being our rival.
The United States must look beyond Mr. Putin. His regime may appear imposing, but it is rotting inside. His Russia is not a great power on par with America. It is a gas station run by a corrupt, autocratic regime. And eventually, Russians will come for Mr. Putin in the same way and for the same reasons that Ukrainians came for Viktor F. Yanukovych.
Just how does this guy continue to get away with this bullshit? He is out there publicly advocating an overthrow of Putin in what is presented as the nation's flagship newspaper and he doesn't get called on it. Why is a Senator with a long history of derangement allowed to hijack the system and become the de facto voice for American foreign policy? Jesus Christ, enough of this American whup-ass militarist garbage already. While I personally am of the opinion that Senator McCain has truly never gotten over being beaten in the 2008 presidential race by a black man (and an unqualified one at that) he would still be selling more war to a country whose true reason for decline and ultimately collapse is precisely because that we are indoctrinated to believe in a world filled with those who "hate us for our freedoms" (we really are not that free if you take a serious look around) and that military spending must be constantly increased to record levels to finance the fight against the enemy. That enemy is now shape-shifting from the mad mullahs and ayatollahs and the menace of al-Qaeda (who thanks to guys like McCain we now are allied with again) to the Russians.
The Cold War after all made one hell of a lot of coin for the blood barters and combined with the now oh so close to being back in power neocons there will be plenty of money to be made while the poor dupes on our star-spangled lemming farm will continue to face a declining standard of living to fund the war machine. In a sardonically humorous sort of way it is actually rather amusing to see how the neocons are now goading Obama into a confrontation with Russia the same way that Cheney and Rummy pushed George W. Bush's buttons to manipulate him into the Iraq and Afghanistan quagmires. With Dubya it was always that Oedipal thing and with the narcissist Obama being punked by Putin over the amnesty provided to former government contractor turned NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden after he shined a light into the massive nest of cockroaches at American Stasi HQ in Fort Meade is Obama's weak spot.
'President' McCain and the neocons will now keep rubbing salt into the open wound of Obama's violated pride in order to foment that which they lust for which is permanent war and all of the accompanying spoils thereof.