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‘Taking Note’ of John McCain’s Benghazi Machinations (Updated)


On CNN Wednesday morning, host Soledad O’Brien challenged Rep. Michael Burgess’ (R-TX) opposition to Susan Rice…

…noting that Republicans had supported Condoleezza Rice’s nomination as Secretary of State in 2005, despite the Bush administration’s role in the massive intelligence failures that led to the Iraq war. Burgess struggled to explain the contradiction. He initially claimed that the media was far more critical of Bush’s intelligence failures than Obama, but when O’Brien laughed away that claim, he told her to take up the question with Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), both of whom supported Condoleezza but now oppose Susan Rice.

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Also on Wednesday, Susan Rice defended her Benghazi remarks, saying that her early account of the Benghazi attack was based on the initial intelligence community assessments and was always subject to review and updates.

According to, “she said she respects Republican Sen. John McCain, who has been critical of her, but says ‘some of the statements he’s made about me have been unfounded, but I look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him.’”

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Original Post:

Because of John McCain’s heroic military past and honorable and productive service to his country as an elected official for several years, it has been almost painful to see his recent machinations using the Benghazi tragedy to not only viciously attack the administration but also to specifically scapegoat and demean our United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice.

It has taken a full column and four “updates” for this writer to document the outrageous attacks made by the Senator.

Apparently, McCain has finally “officially” admitted that “He Was Wrong on Benghazi Without Admitting It.”

Andrew Rosenthal at the New York Times, “takes note” of all of this in an excellent column.

Rosenthal notes that:

Republicans have the same basic attitude toward conspiracy theories as the Plains Indians had toward the buffalo – they are the basis of life, even religion, and no part, no matter how minor, should go unexploited. Hence Senator John McCain’s milking of the Benghazi attack. Or, rather, not the attack itself but the Obama administration’s response to it.

He and other Republicans seem to think that the White House, and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, played down the possibility that Al Qaeda operatives were behind the attack, so that President Obama could boast on the campaign trail that his policies had decimated the terrorist organization. In other words he lied to the American public so that he could win re-election.

After noting that President Obama has “been ordering people killed right and left in the war on terrorism, including Osama bin Laden and two American citizens,” Rosenthal further notes that even after CBS and CNN reported that, “actually, the Director of National Intelligence was behind the change, and the White House made no substantial edits,” Senator McCain, is “loath to give up the remaining buffalo scraps”:

[McCain]found something to complain about. He said he was “somewhat surprised and frustrated” by the news, since in the “hours of hearings,” senior officials said they did not know who made the change. “This latest episode,” he said, “is another reason why many of us are so frustrated with, and suspicious of, the actions of this Administration when it comes to the Benghazi attack.”

He also said, “There are many other questions that remain unanswered.” That’s true. But I fail to see how the Republican focus on a side show— talking points after the fact—instead of the actual attack, will hasten resolution.

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  • I supported John McCain in 2000 and gave him money. Over the years I have come to regret that decision as John McCain became a bitter old man.

  • ernest_fornaught

    McCain will not back down on anything. He will quadruple down on being wrong.

    His press release regarding the cease fire praises Egypt (Muslim Brotherhood) and everyone other than Obama. That is telling.

    The following is the Netanyahu official press release;

    “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, spoke with US President Barack Obama and acceded to his recommendation to give the Egyptian cease-fire proposal a chance and thereby give an opportunity to stabilize and calm the situation before there is a need to use greater force. The Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation to the President for his support of Israel during the operation and for his contribution to the Iron Dome system. The Prime Minister reiterated that Israel would take all necessary steps to defend its citizens.”

    McCain on foreign policy is so wrong; wrong does not come close to describing how wrong he is.

    McCain was somewhat compelling as a “maverick”. Now that he is a mainstream teapublican hack, he is just wrong.

    Where is the line between being the opposition, and working against the best interests of the US? The recently gunned down in the street leader of Libya, Muammar Qaddafi, had no bigger supporter in the US government than John McCain. I have no idea what was on John McCain’s mind to go on a big junket to Libya to pal around with Qaddafi. Muammar Qaddafi supported terrorism, and was directly responsible for the Lockerbie bombing. This fact makes the commotion that McCain is trying to create about Benghazi even more bizarre. I am not sure what team he is playing on at this point. Certainly not ours.

    John McCane: wrong then, wrong now, and wrong for the future.

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