In FoxNews interview, McCain Accuses Hollande of Allying with Russia
How will France react? The government’s actions of the first few days following the Paris massacres are neither definitive nor surprising. Hollande’s security state has clamped down in France, in the media as well as on the streets. (Fewer photos and videos have emerged — even off the mass media sites — than there are locations where attacks took place (7 at last count). The vaunted French intel agencies, remarkably neglectful in the lead-up to the tragedy, are calling for removals of encryption. So is CIA boss John Brennan. Caught between bad and worse, apologists for the secret security state call for Edward Snowden’s hanging, as if he foiled al-CIAda in the act. None of this is surprising.
Mainly we need to watch foreign affairs for indication of how France will react to the attacks. All agree the massacres are the work of ISIS; however, there is wide disagreement about who ISIS really IS.
France is an old and illustrious member of the “ambivalent” anti-ISIS alliance. Unsurprisingly, they have unleashed devastating airstrikes on ISIS positions in Raqqa. This was accompanied in the Western press by much the same fanfare we heard in the Russian press when their campaigns began a month ago. The Russians have slowly ramped up their attacks; we shall see France’s true strategies only once the media fanfare has subsided.
Their first attacks dropped heavy bombs on Raqqa, hitting munitions and command centers, but also a number of civilian areas, if we are to include all reports. Let us leave aside the latter for the moment. Let us also leave aside for the moment the likelihood that the French political and military elites are as divided on their tactics and their particular allegiances, as ours in the US. But for the moment, the French and Russians have announced some level of joint coordination in their anti-ISIS activities. Whether this amounts to more than staying out of each other’s way remains to be seen.
Do the French airstrikes on ISIS positions in Raqqa signify an alteration of policy for France? John McCain thinks they do, and in a moment of shocking insensitivity even for the war-scarred warhawk, believes France’s bombing of ISIS is “shameful.“ Why? Because — if in fact it continues — this means they are joining the Russian-led anti-ISIS alliance, and abandoning the US-led “ambivalent” alliance, which bombs anybody except ISIS and the other foreign proxy terrorist armies in Syria. Turkey, whose hands are most bloodied, is outraged that the US is steadily arming the Kurds, but figures large in McCain’s hopes (as no doubt do the Houses of Sa’ud and Likud, and Qatar to boot).
In the interview, McCain announces that he and Lindsay Graham propose to send 10,000 US troops through Iraq into Syria, assured, probably correctly, the Turks and Sunni Arab states would join suit. (Turkey has said that it would). This diabolical naif says with these boots on the ground (20,000, to be precise), we can take out ISIS and Assad once and for all. He seems to have forgotten for the moment that the Russians are there. And the Iranians, and Hezbollah. And the Chinese are waiting offshore. Are our leaders calling for WW3 or are they just daft?
It is not clear that the French have in fact jumped ship. We shall see. What is blazingly apparent is that McCain and Graham are bona fide madmen and the chief funders of terrorism in the world today. They should be removed from office; they are public dangers, to the US and the world. At the G-20 this weekend in Antalya (Turkey), Putin showed his “partners” evidence including satellite photos of ISIS oil shipments through Turkey, and financial records, that 40 countries are contributing to the upkeep of ISIS, including G-20 members. Nobody on this side of the pond reported on that.
McCain’s one decent point in this interview is that only a tiny fraction of the refugees are terrorist infiltrators. His policy directly leads to more of both. But war, like greed, is good for our ruling class. They are good for profits, but defile the words of all prophets. It is ever the talking point of this torture-damaged mouthpiece of the military-industrial complex that the national security state be ramped up in the West and the imperial military clamp down on the Rest. A full-blown paranoiac, McCain doesn’t have a moment for the victims of his insanity, he is too busy serving his Masters of War.