by Jerry Alatalo
nvestigative journalist Wayne Madsen thinks the U.S. Congress should hold Joseph McCarthy-style hearings to find all neoconservatives in government positions, then remove them all along with banning of holding any position of responsibility – ever again. Mr. Madsen, could you just say what’s on your mind!? But, when one gives his original idea some consideration, looking at neocon-initiated wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and “their phony war on terror” he might just be on to something. Clearly Wayne Madsen was being ironic and his other suggestion of attaching electronic ankle bracelets on neoconservatives to trip alarms each time they attempt entering a government building was surely meant as sarcasm.
One could forgive him for becoming sarcastic after decades of investigating and researching world events. Wayne Madsen probably shares with Americans a growing sense of frustration related to neoconservative politicians and appointees’ actions through the years – costing the nation dearly in many ways – so they can understand that humor sometimes comes in handy for blowing off steam. In response to the host of “Top 5” on Press TV’s question on American/western pettiness in not attending Victory Day celebrations in Moscow recently, Mr. Madsen pointed out that the Obama administration is packed with neoconservatives carried over from the George W. Bush years.
He named Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland as one of the former Bush officials remaining in the Obama administration, and another State Department appointee Amos Hochstein. Mr. Hochstein is State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, and according to Wayne Madsen recently traveled to Athens, Greece to warn the new Syriza government of Alexis Tsipras against signing a deal with Russia’s Gazprom for a pipeline transporting energy to the European market. It’s interesting to note that while the interview talks about “petty” actions of western leaders not attending Victory Day events in Moscow, Greece’s Alexis Tsipras was there, and now apparently Greece has received an invitation to join the new BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) development bank – the first global investment institution to compete against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Related to the 2016 race for president in America, Wayne Madsen shared his view that presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “is surrounded by neocons”, but the short segment didn’t allow any discussion on her competitor for the nomination Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The world’s people might want to keep in mind that presidential elections (such as the one in Greece a few months ago), actions of large segments of societies, and relations between countries move and develop in sometimes surprising, unexpected ways.
Some analysts speculate a “Grexit” or Greece leaving the European Union, the euro, and returning to their sovereign currency the drachma would rock the international financial world. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met recently with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi, Russia for multi-hour talks. It is uncertain whether new, “clean-house-of-neocons”, McCarthy-like hearings in the United States was one of the topics discussed.
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For those interested in an hour-long interview by Sean Stone of Wayne Madsen: