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John McCain was asked during the senate debate what he thinks his legacy will be. Now you would think after 28 years in Congress, McCain would have a ready checklist in his head of his accomplishments. Alas, no. Instead John McCain delivered a well-worn soliloquy about his personal characteristics - most of which are demonstrably false to any regular observer.
Since John McCain could not identify his legacy, let me help him out. The legacy of this Neoconservative warmonger is the unnecessary and unlawful Iraq War, and the the false premise upon which the war was launched. The thousands of American casualties and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casualties, as well as the millions of displaced Iraqi refugees are your legacy Mr. McCain. Their blood is on your hands to your eternal shame.
John McCain was one of the patrons of Ahmed Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress in Washington, DC. The Cover-ups of John McCain - WMD Intelligence Failures (excerpts):
Part 1 of the investigative report by Mark G. Levey explores "McCain's Role in the WMD Cover-up, John McCain and Charlie Black's War, How a senator and a lobbyist led the deception campaign that tricked the U.S." Read the full report here Election Fraud News & The Money party. Snippets from the report:
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Most Americans instantly recognize only two names in connection with the Iraq WMD “intelligence failure”: Ahmad Chalabi, the group’s leader and “Curveball”, an engineer who claimed to have been working inside Saddam Hussein’s biological weapons programs at the time of his defection to Germany in 1998.
The INC exiles are often portrayed as masters of deception who by their own home-made ingenuity cooked up the raw intelligence that tricked much of the Washington establishment. We are expected to believe that, they alone, made Senators and spies believe – incorrectly -- that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, and “mushroom clouds” would soon be seen over American cities.
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The truth is, the Iraq “intelligence failure” was more than anything else a case of deliberate and willful self-deception and bullying by a group of powerful Washington insiders – led by Vice President Dick Cheney, along with John McCain on Capitol Hill, and Donald Rumsfeld at the Pentagon -- who wanted to demonstrate that they, rather than the professional military and CIA, knew best how to start, fight, and (they thought) quickly and easily win wars in the Middle East.
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Among public office holders, the chief sponsors for Chalabi’s Iraqi National Congress in the years leading up to the 2003 invasion was a group of GOP leaders and Congressional Committee heads, including Tent Lott, Newt Gingrich, and John McCain.
In October, 1998, after the CIA cut its funding of Chalabi’s group because it was producing unreliable intelligence and a series of disastrous failed rebellions inside Iraq, Congress passed the Iraq Liberation Act, handing the INC $97 million to overthrow Saddam Hussein. The funding attached to this Bill, which John McCain co-sponsored, was based on little more than a vaguely defined plan to carry out “regime change”, a plan that Chalabi scratched out with a group of neoconservatives working at Washington and Jerusalem think-tanks.
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How did it come to be that McCain and the rest were seemingly so oblivious to the facts on the ground in Iraq? Much of this melts down to the fact that GOP lawmakers simply refused to believe what they were being told by American intelligence officers and international arms inspectors. They wanted a much more aggressive policy there. The response by McCain and others in Congress was to create an alternative intelligence gathering organization, one that would deliver an alternative reality in Iraq to the one being described by the CIA and IAEA.
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McCain fully embraced the delusion about cheap and easy Middle East wars, and was a co-sponsor of the Act that led to the creation of a false intelligence factory funded by the U.S. Congress to replace CIA Iraq reporting.
Even after the Iraq WMD deception and failed occupation became clear, McCain has refused to acknowledge that he had been wrong all along about Iraq.
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John McCain was very much one of Chalabi’s key mentors in Congress, and along with Joe Lieberman, a vocal purveyor of false information about nonexistent Iraqi WMD. And, it was Congress, as well as the White House, the Pentagon, and the CIA, that was responsible for the Iraq WMD deception.
John McCain's judgment on Iraq was almost always wrong. John McCain's Greatest Hits: Wrong on Iraq:
Jon Perr has compiled a "greatest hits" if you will of John McCain's wrong judgment about Iraq. PERRspectives: President McCain Speaks on Iraq:
But as the record shows, it is John McCain and not Barack Obama who needs to say "I was wrong. I made a mistake." At almost every turn in the run-up to the invasion and the ensuing American occupation, McCain's judgment was almost always wrong, often disastrously so. From his predictions of a short war, claims U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators and that the U.S. would find weapons of mass destruction to his announcements of mission accomplished, his ongoing confusion over Sunni and Shiite, friend and foe in Iraq and so much more, the would-be President John McCain gets failing marks.
Be sure to read the rather lengthy list of well documented quotations.
And who could ever forget when John McCain became the new "Baghdad Bob" with this stroll through Baghdad's central market in April 2007.
“’Never have I been able to go out into the city as I was today,” Mr. McCain puffed after his brief walking tour of the Shorja market. He remarked that he had left his helmet in his escort Humvee and felt utterly safe in the marketplace. Wearing a flak jacket, he neglected to mention that the pedestrian mall was patrolled by 100 heavily armed American soldiers and watched over by two attack helicopters and snipers. McCain Admits Baghdad's Daily Reality - NYTimes.com. Baghdad residents expressed astonishment at Mr. McCain’s remarks.
For all of McCain's self-congratulatory excess about his "surge" strategy, Stephen Walt, a professor of international relations at Harvard, writes The "Surge" in Iraq Failed: Get Used to It. | Stephen M. Walt:
The surge had two main goals. The first goal was to bring the level of violence down by increasing U.S. force levels in key areas, forging a tactical alliance with cooperative Sunni groups, and shifting to a counterinsurgency strategy that emphasized population protection. This aspect of the surge succeeded, though it is still hard to know how much of the progress was due to increased force levels and improved tactics and how much was due to other developments, such as the prior "ethnic cleansing" that had separated the contending groups.
The second and equally important goal was to promote political reconciliation among the competing factions in Iraq. This goal was not achieved, and the consequences of that failure are increasingly apparent. What lies ahead is a long-delayed test of strength between the various contending groups, until a new formula for allocating political power emerges. That formula has been missing since before the United States invaded -- that is, Washington never had a plausible plan for reconstructing a workable Iraqi state once it dismantled Saddam's regime -- and it will be up to the Iraqi people to work it out amongst themselves. It won’t be pretty.
This is your legacy, senator.
Past is prelude to the future. Neoconservative warmonger John McCain is not done. He is already threatening war with Iran. In April of this year, John McCain called for unilateral action against Iran. Warmonger John McCain wants to "pull the trigger" on Iran.
"John McCain, whose lack of knowledge about Iran is encyclopedic... wants regime change." McCain and Iran - Swampland - TIME.com (he was explicitly supporting an American attack on Iran's nuclear facilities [in April], which he may still.)
Just last week, John McCain's BFF Lindsey Graham said that the United States must be prepared to use military force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Lindsey Graham says U.S. must prepare to attack Iran | McClatchy. He became the first senator to support direct U.S. military intervention in Iran, saying it should not involve ground troops but be launched by U.S. warplanes and ships.
"If you use military force against Iran, you've opened up Pandora's box," Graham told the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. "If you allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon, you've emptied Pandora's box. I'd rather open up Pandora's box than empty it."
Should John McCain be reelected and, God forbid, should the Republicans gain control of the Senate and the presidency in 2012, McCain and his buddies Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham will advocate for war with Iran. They are not done with their Neoconservative dream of a Pax Americana empire at the point of a gun.
The power to stop McCain is in your hands voters. Take it seriously.