Renowned Beltway Talent Scout, John McCain, Gives Susan Rice Two Thumbs-Down


One of the names that has floated to the top of the Potential Hillary Replacement List has been that of Susan Rice currently serving as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.  Getting wind of that, John McCain had one of his signature “McCain hissy fits” on Fox News, today, vowing to do everything in his considerable senatorial power to block any such nomination:

Susan Rice should have known better and if she didn’t know better, she’s not qualified. I will do everything in my power to block her from being the United States secretary of state.

She has proven that she either doesn’t understand or is not willing to accept evidence on its face.

This all started when McCain appeared on Face the Nation, a week after the attack, along with Rice and the president of the Libyan National Assembly.  At some point, the Libyan guest shared his opinion that everyone knew the attack was led by al Qaeda.  According to McCain, Rice should then have based her comments more on the Libyan gentleman’s surmise rather than the talking points provided by the CIA, at the time, which McCain deemed “irrelevant.”

According to the Washington Post, those CIA talking points affirmed what Rice said on the Sunday shows that week.  When pressed on that point, McCain, as he sometimes does when his dander’s up, became slightly incoherent:

Because it was four dead Americans.  She told the American people on every major newscast in America. If a select committee, if appointed, clears her of any wrongdoing — besides not being very bright, because it was obvious this was not a, quote ‘flash mob.’ There was no demonstration.

Just for the hell of it here are Susan Rice’s actual “not very bright,” “incompetent” comments on the matter:

On Face the Nation, for example, she carefully told Bob Schieffer that she couldn’t yet offer any “definitive conclusions,” but that “based on the best information we have to date” it appeared that there had been a spontaneous protest in Benghazi “as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where [...] there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video.”

She then immediately added: “But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.” When Schieffer pressed her on whether the attack had been preplanned, or whether al-Qaeda was involved, she said directly that we simply didn’t know yet.

And here’s Kevin Drum with the sane people’s view:

They [Congress] have every right to investigate Benghazi, which might very well have been handled poorly in some respects and which might have been a case of poor anticipation of an attack that should have been expected. But Rice’s conduct was fine. She very carefully, and very professionally, passed along what was, at the time, the considered judgment of the intelligence community. Some of it was wrong, but there was no coverup. There was just new information and new analysis over time, which is exactly what you’d expect following an incident like this.

Evidently, McCain hates to lose any opportunity to yell al Qaeda in a packed theater.  Plus, he now gets to bang a drum for “Water-gate-type” hearings in the hope, I guess, that Obama will go hide under the bed or be forced to resign over a terrorist attack that he didn’t see coming in his Magic 8 Ball.

Let’s not forget that this is the same guy who figured it was a great idea to have Sarah Palin one (crotchety-old-man-with-anger-management-issues) heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

War’s over, Buddy.  Republicans lost.  Have a beer . . .


Posted by Bette Noir on 11/14/12 at 05:53 PM • Permalink

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What a floridly bitter and butthurt little man McCain is?

So, here’s a link from Sept 11 right after the attack:

Egyptian protesters, largely ultraconservative Islamists, climbed the walls of the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, made their way into the courtyard and brought down the flag, replacing it with a black flag with an Islamic inscription to protest a film attacking Islam’s prophet, Muhammad.

Hours later, armed men in eastern Libya also stormed the US consulate there and set it on fire as anger spread.

Hundreds of protesters marched to the embassy in central Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie, which was reportedly produced in the United States.

“Say it, don’t fear: their ambassador must leave,” the crowd chanted.

And here is what was reported a month later:

To Libyans who witnessed the assault and know the attackers, there is little doubt what occurred: a well-known group of local Islamist militants struck the United States Mission without any warning or protest, and they did it in retaliation for the video. That is what the fighters said at the time, speaking emotionally of their anger at the video without mentioning Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or the terrorist strikes of 11 years earlier. And it is an explanation that tracks with their history as members of a local militant group determined to protect Libya from Western influence.

“It was the Ansar al-Shariah people,” said Mohamed Bishari, 20, a neighbor of the compound who watched the assault and described the brigade he saw leading the attack. “There was no protest or anything of that sort.”

It is still true that there were protests occurring at the same time over the video, and it is still true that the attack was inspired by the video—even if the nature of the attack went beyond what a “protest” is and was performed by militants.  What Rice said jibes with the intelligence that was given—and she had no reason to speculate publically beyond that.

It is McCain who is not being very bright, here.

“The Benghazi Affair” is one of the most bloated, manufactured “scandals” of many years.  The Ambassador should never have left Tripoli in he first place but having done so the CIA was responsible for the security of the safe house.  Obviously, the locals knew all about it.

That this had nothing to do with Ab. Rice or for that matter the White House or even State is beyond obvious but the GOP continue to wage war as part of a strategy to diminish Obama’s post-election glow (quasi-mandate) for purely domestic politics.  As usual, it’s all about GOP gamesmanship.  I think most people are disgusted at this point.

McInsane and Co. are doubling down on it today, so this will be the shit-tossing arena for the foreseeable future.

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