I wish I could say I was surprised by this, but let face it: there were signs. There was John McCain's long opposition to a national holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., his use of racial epithets, his love of racist jokes, and the increasingly racist tone of his campaign.
McCain's connection to the group became news when Paul Begala mentioned it on Meet the Press:
This guilt by association path is going to be trouble ultimately for the McCain campaign. You know, you can go back—I’ve written a book about McCain. I had a dozen researchers go through him. I didn’t even put this in the book. But John McCain sat on the board of a very right-wing organization. It was the U.S. Council for World Freedom. It was chaired by a guy named John Singlaub, who wound up involved in the Iran-Contra scandal. It was an ultraconservative right-wing group. The Anti-Defamation League, in 1981, when McCain was on the board, said this about this organization. It was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League, the parent organization, which ADL said, "has increasingly become a gathering place, a forum, a point of contact for extremists, racists and Anti-Semites."Watch the video.
John McCain's membership in this group goes a long way towards explaining why his brother Joe McCain goes around referring to everything he doesn't agree with as "communist." In the eyes of this group Jews, Blacks and Communists are all pretty much the same thing.
I don't see how anyone who calls themself a friend of Israel could be involved in any way with such an organization, let alone sit on its board and coordinate its activities. When it comes to racism and anti-semitism, John McCain has a lot of explaining to do.
Hat Tip: Tirge Caps at Daily Kos