McCain Adviser's Horrifying Iraq Track Record: Will the Press Notice?

Over the weekend, The New York Times noted that some of John McCain's foreign policy advisers from the "realist" camp are uneasy with the amount of influence enjoyed by neoconservatives like Randy Scheunemann, who's been serving as McCain's chief foreign policy aide and spokesman.

But it isn't only his internal rivals who have reason to worry about Scheunemann. Not only does he have McCain's ear, he also has a track record of being consistently ... Full Story »

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Tom Maertens
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by Tom Maertens - Oct. 1, 2008

This piece adds considerable information to the public record on the role of Neocons in McCain's campaign. Other stories, including in the NYT, point to the fact that Neocons dominate the McCain foreign policy team, as noted by Roth. Roth notes that the Neocons have been consistently wrong, which of course doesn't mean they won't charge ahead with their plan to attack Iran. It was after all the Republicans who ran in 2004 as the stronger party on national security, even though they were putatively in charge when we were attacked in 2001.

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Norman Farrell
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by Norman Farrell - Oct. 1, 2008

John McCain's prime foreign policy adviser and spokesman is an unparalleled expert, a master in the art of failing upward. This TPM article enumerates Randy Scheunemann's record on Iraq, a compendium unblemished by success. And, if we look beyond the morass of Iraq and Iran, we find the hands of Scheunemann and neo-con associates at work in former Soviet states surrounding the vast Caspian oil wealth. In the words of Ken Silverstein, "As in the case of Richard Perle, the war has been good for Scheunemann"

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James Canning
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by James Canning - Oct. 1, 2008

This story is not to be missed by anyone trying to follow the diasastrous course of American foreign policy in the Middle East. Randy Scheunemann is one of the fools who pushed hard for the destruction of the Sunni power structure in Iraq, even though the Bush administration had assured Crown Prince Abdullah that it would be left intact to preserve public order after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The astounding stupidity, and venality, of US policy in Iraq should in part be credited to the dreadful Sheunemann and his pals. That "Bomb Iran" McCain would rely so heavily on such an incompetent national security adviser truly is cause for alarm.

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Nicholas Bentley
3.4
by Nicholas Bentley - Oct. 1, 2008

A good summary of Scheunemann's involvement in the Iraq war that quotes many published sources although it does not present Scheunemann's side of the story. The article suggests the press should ask more questions about his suitability as a McCain advisor.

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robert rothman
4.3
by robert rothman - Oct. 1, 2008

An overall very good article. Worthy to be read and discussed. Now, if only we can get folks like Brian Williams and Charlie Gibson to report on they're shows articles like this, then maybe, just maybe....oh, never mind.

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