Scheuer: McCain, Graham Belong in ‘the Knesset’


Former CIA officer and Ron Paul supporter Michael Scheuer said in an interview with Neil Cavuto Friday that Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) may as well be in the Israeli government:

SCHEUER: You can't, for example, send to Egypt two senators who may as well be in the Israeli Knesset. They are the biggest supporters of Israel—

CAVUTO: You're talking about John McCain and—

SCHEUER: Graham and McCain. Do we think Muslims are stupid? Do we really they were out there to give a share of power to the Islamists? They were out there to go through a pantomime so the military in Egypt could say, ‘Well, even the Americans tried to help us, and even the Europeans tried to help us, but those darn Islamists—who did win a fair election—they just walked out on us. Things could not be worse unless we make them worse; aiding these people makes them worse.

Scheuer, who haplessly led the CIA's Bin Laden unit during the 1990s when al Qaeda was on the rise, has a long history of making stridently and offensively anti-Israel statements.

"Both U.S. political parties are wholly owned subsidiaries of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Israeli government," Scheur wrote in a 2008 book. He has claimed Israel "owns" the U.S. Congress, and that Israel is "of no particular worth to the United States."

During the interview Friday, Scheuer also argued for ending all regional foreign aid, including to Israel, and said the United States has "poked their fingers in the eyes of the Russians" over "inconsequential" and "gratuitous" things.

"Obama has been more than willing, with his party and with the Republicans, to poke their fingers in the eyes of the Russians, over inconsequential things," Scheuer said. "Organized crime in the Soviet Union [sic], gay rights in the Soviet Union [sic]—whatever you think of the Russians are doing, it's the Russians' business, it's not ours."

"Part of the problem with the Snowden thing is Putin finally got a chance to put a finger back in our eye for all the gratuitous times we have done it to him," he continued.

Scheuer endorsed Paul in 2011.

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