One of the most prominent signs of the corruption of the US antiwar movement–other than its passivity & support for Syrian & Russian bombing of civilians–is that its leading figures are ‘retired’ CIA, FBI, Pentagon, & State Department officials. High level officials, not second-stringers, including Ray McGovern, Coleen Rowley, Ann Wright. They all ‘came to Jesus’ when their pensions were secure & formed a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). In a Mother Jones interview, Ray McGovern admitted VIPS collaborates with active-duty CIA, FBI, & military operatives. They must have decided the best way to destroy the antiwar movement was to take it over with these so-called whistleblowers. Gullibility & political corruption on the part of activists were prerequisite.

Now these VIPS & their associates are still carrying on with their Assad/Putin schtick for Russian propaganda media, loving on Assad & Putin, denouncing Russophobia, promoting Tulsi Gabbard despite her Hindutva ideas (since they share her Islamophobia), vilifying the Hong Kong protesters, hobnobbing with Max Blumenthal, Jimmy Dore, Caitlin Johnstone, Scott Ritter (a convicted pedophile), & other such unsavory ideologues. It’s not outside the realm of miracles that several high-level spies & generals would transubstantiate all the same time into born-again libertarians. It’s just that only fools would take them seriously as leaders when their politics are so damn corrupt. A rebuilt, principled antiwar movement will have nothing to do with these creeps.