Obama's Russia Advisor Michael McFaul and the Russian Spies

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The mainstream media have been quick to write off the recent Russian spy scandal as an inconsequential matter, a case of the gang that couldn't shoot straight. These were bumbling wannabe spies who didn't obtain anything of value, goes the standard narrative.

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Reporters and commentators seem to see nothing amiss in the snap decision by the Obama administration to send the 10 deep-cover moles back to Russia only 11 days after their arrests, despite the fact that the FBI had sunk thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars into the investigation over the course of a decade. Undoubtedly, one of the individuals calling the shots on this matter for the administration is Michael McFaul, CFR member and President Obama's Special Assistant for National Security Affairs and Senior Director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the United States National Security Council. This is interesting in that Dr. McFaul appears to be a close associate of--and a Facebook friend of--Anna Dvornikova, president of the American Business Association of Russian-speaking Professionals (AmBAR); and Anna Dvornikova, in turn, is Facebook friends with Anna Chapman, the most famous of the spies who were deported on July 8. …