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You’d think this might be important…

CBS News is reporting that John McCain has served on the advisory board of and organization known as the U.S. Council for World Freedom.  During the 1980’s, this group was linked to former Nazi collaborators, as well as Central American death squads.

The council created by retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. After setting up the U.S. council, Singlaub served as the international league’s chairman.

McCain’s tie to Singlaub’s council is undergoing renewed scrutiny after his campaign criticized Obama for his link to Ayers, a former radical who engaged in violent acts 40 years ago. Over the weekend, Democratic operative Paul Begala said on ABC’s “This Week” that this “guilt by association” tactic could backfire on the McCain campaign by renewing discussion of McCain’s service on the board of the U.S. Council for World Freedom, “an ultraconservative right-wing group.”

I do find it a little odd that this comes up just as Palin and McCain have renewed their attacks on Obama’s supposed connection to a leftist 60’s radical. But it does seem like McCain’s campaign may be bringing this on themselves. Barack Obama seemed perfectly content to stick to the issues. On the other hand, it’s very refreshing to see the left hitting back against the right-wing smear tactics for a change.

At least John McCain and Sarah Palin don’t have a couple of crazy preachers in their closets.

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