What Calling John McCain a “Hero” Says About America’s Worship of War

McCain’s allegiance was to the very system that leeches money away from American workers to the pockets of billionaires and multinational corporations and that sustains itself off the spilled blood of innocents killed by an insatiable war machine.

A makeshift memorial builds at the office of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, Aug. 26, 2018, in Phoenix. Ross D. Franklin | AP

MINNEAPOLIS – (Opinion) Since his passing Saturday afternoon, the late Arizona Senator John McCain has been the subject of numerous eulogies, the vast majority of which have sought to characterize him as “one of our country’s greatest heroes,” an “unparalleled example of human decency,” and “a patriot of heart,” among other encomiums. However,

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The Other Side of John McCain

If the paeans to McCain by diverse political climbers seems detached from reality, it’s because they reflect the elite view of U.S. military interventions as a chess game, with the millions killed by unprovoked aggression mere statistics, says Max Blumenthal.

In this March 28, 2012 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

As the Cold War entered its final act in 1985, journalist Helena Cobban participated in an academic conference at an upscale resort near Tucson, Arizona, on U.S.-Soviet interactions in the Middle East. When she attended what was listed as the “Gala Dinner with keynote speech”, she quickly learned that the virtual theme of the evening was, “Adopt a

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America’s Only Problem With Its Obscene War Budget is That Trump Didn’t Thank John McCain in a Speech

What is actually in the $717 billion military spending bill that Trump just signed?

John McCain

President Donald Trump signed a $717 billion military spending bill on August 14. What made headlines was not the size of the bill or what is in the bill. Rather, most were upset that Trump did not thank Senator John McCain, whose name was put on the bill by his colleagues in Congress to honor him. On CNN, Jake Tapper, host of “The Lead,”  said

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Lies About Putin, Syria and the Alawite Alliance: Christians Are Thriving in Syria

Christians are thriving in Syria under the protection of Putin and Assad, rescued from Lindsey Graham’s favored, Islamist “rebels.”

Ilana Mercer

On just about every issue, in 2016, candidate Trump ran in opposition to Sen. Lindsey Graham. Donald Trump won the presidency; Lindsey Graham quit the race with a near-zero popularity, as reflected in the polls. The People certainly loathe the senator from South Carolina. A poll conducted subsequently found that Graham was among the least popular

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American Liberals And Neocons Unite To Push War In Ukraine

In the U.S. Russia-hating liberals are joining the neocons in seeking more war in Ukraine, as the prospects for a rational and peaceful resolution to the crisis continue to fade.


Last January, Sen. John McCain led a delegation along with his longtime sidekick, Sen. Lindsey Graham, to a contingent of Ukrainian troops not far from the front line in eastern Ukraine. In the presence of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Graham told the soldiers: “Your fight is our fight … 2017 will be the year of offense. All of us will go

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McCain Takes U.S.-Korea Saber-Rattling To A New Level, Threatens “Extinction”

Threats of annihilation and other inflammatory rhetoric play well with the home crowd and can be sold as “deterrence,” but in the case of North Korea are far more likely to provoke and escalate conflict. Given how clear this is from experience, McCain’s threats seem intended to do just that.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., walks from his Senate office as Congress returns from the August recess in Washington,, Sept. 5, 2017. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

With the U.S. touting another round of unanimously-passed sanctions as the cure-all for the situation in North Korea (DPRK), there are grounds for concern that President Donald Trump himself may pose a major hurdle to their successful implementation. On Sunday, Trump told reporters that the sanctions were “just another very small step” and that

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