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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

John McCain’s finest moment will always be the night he lost the presidency and gave an inspired concession speech. And it’s been downhill for him ever since.

Tuesday the senator released a statement acknowledging that the intelligence community was responsible for removing references to al Qaeda in the talking points U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice gave days after the tragedy in Benghazi on September 11. McCain reports that he was “surprised and frustrated” by this revelation, though it’s been known for weeks and was confirmed when former CIA Director David Petraeus confirmed that he approved the talking points. McCain concluded his statement insisting that he still has questions about Benghazi, without explicitly naming them.

By trying to manufacture a scandal by focusing on the minutiae of talking points, McCain has diminished his credibility as an authority on foreign policy—though it likely won’t deprive him of invitations to appear on the Sunday morning news shows that seem to have an almost weekly seat saved for him.

During the 2012 campaign, McCain’s fixation on the president and Ambassador Rice’s reaction to the tragedy seemed a transparent attempt to slime a president who had wrested the issue of national security away from the Republican Party. The Arizona senator implied that linking the attack to protests connected to a YouTube video that demeaned the prophet Muhammad was a cover-up on the scale of Watergate. This was nonsense that only appealed to the same people who thought the president’s birth certificate was created in Photoshop.

After the campaign, McCain doubled down on the attacks by calling Ambassador Rice “not qualified” for the job of Secretary of State, though she hadn’t yet been nominated. President Obama was offended by the criticism and invited senators McCain and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to “come after” him, not Ambassador Rice.

What McCain never offered during the campaign was a rationale of what the administration was trying to cover up by linking the attacks to the YouTube videos. Last Sunday, he said that the al Qaeda connection got in the way of Obama’s “I got bin Laden, al Qaeda’s on the run” narrative.

George H.W. Bush’s former UN Ambassador Thomas Pickering is leading an investigation into what happened in Benghazi, a good deal of which will be classified, as much of the CIA’s activities there were covert.

Regardless of the outcome of that investigation, McCain likely won’t apologize to Ms. Rice or the president for inventing his own narrative about their motivations. But now would be the perfect time for the former GOP presidential nominee to again concede graciously, and move on — perhaps even out of the Senate.

Another former GOP presidential nominee, Senator Bob Dole (R-KS), resigned his Senate seat when he made his bid for the White House. Dole also spent much of the last decade working with former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern to get poor children across the globe free school lunches.

Maybe Dole could convince Senator McCain that he could do a lot more good outside of Washington D.C.

80 Responses to John McCain Finally Admits His Benghazi Conspiracy Theory Is Bunk

  1. Oh, it was the “intelligence community” that lied…..not the people in charge of them. And they lied to their bosses because? Glad we got to the bottom of this so we can move foward 🙂

    • Lied? By what measure?

      What I read was that the CIA removed references to AlQaeda from the talking points.

      Seems a pretty far stretch from GWBs “Saddam has uranium for a bomb” after our intelligence (Wilson) and the Brits found that to be false. Didn’t keep GWB from using it as a reason to invade Iraq and kill 4000 US soldiers.

      But that’s OK with you, I guess. He was GOP.

    • The intelligence community has rules and they tend to folow them. The “Need To Know” what is going on at all times isn’t just handed out like candy at halloween. Even if you did qualify for the “Need To Know” you still have to go through a background check before you “Get To Know” so handing the UN ambassador a full script of everything we know to read into an open mic at a televised speech is never going to happen.
      It isn’t lying it’s maintaining an intelligence assets edge allowing that asset to function in the future and allowing that asset to carry on giving us valuable intelligence.

      Some blowhard idiot spouting everything he knows on TV just for political points used to be considered treason, now it’s tough politics?

      I think it is still treason and I think the executive branch shoudl make an example of a few of these morons. I think Karl rove should have to answer for The Valreie Plame Affair, and Issa should have to answer for the damage he’s done and if McCain and grahm don’t STFU and go away I would start procedings on them too.

  2. He would love nothing better than to find something he can impeach Obama with. It really upsets him that so far he has come up empty.

  3. Just like McCain and all the other Republicans had an agenda in President Obama’s first term to make him a one-term president, since that didn’t work now, in his second term, McCain, Graham, McConnell and other right-wingers are trying to create some kind of scandal against the president so that they can impeach him. So far, their tactics have backfired. It makes them look like bitter, old, revengeful idiots. They have lost all sanity and are hell-bent on destroying the president and Democrats. In reality, they end up doing a lot more harm to themselves and their party. That is why a majority of voters solidly rejected their hatred, racism, attacks, threats and suppression during this recent election. In 2014, we need to get rid of these old hateful bags who do no work for the country but only conduct investigation after investigation and waste the taxpayers’ money.

  4. Zip it John. Now is the time to just shut up and accept defeat. It has been four long years of you whinning and reaching for the magic outrage to keep Obama from getting that second term. How did that work out for you pal?

  5. I remember when McCain and Graham were respected Senators. It’s a shame they’ve had to cower in fear of being retaliated against by the extremists financing the teahadists.

    We must overturn Citizens United in order to know who is financing campaigns.

  6. John you and your proselyte Lindsey been running with wild lies and total disrespect for Ms Rice. You both have no shame. You two should now apologise to her if you both had any common decency . You all lack class, it is the hallmark of the GOP, instead of getting the facts you get out with wild sounding ideas, when proven wrong you double down instead. It is time you go to pasture, and leave sensible people to represent the US citizens.

  7. Let’s see: McCain is the windbag with some scum of his own while Graham is concentrated scum bag. Put these grumpy old GOP men together and they could stink up any administration. Hopefully some sensible family members will prevail upon these so-called politicians to be of good behavior henceforth. Obama has won, GOP should get over it.

  8. I have always liked McCain because once he realizes that something isn’t right, he admits that he is wrong. He is unlike romney. It is nice to always have a McCain. He made a mistake to join crazies attacking a woman as soft target. I can assure you that McCain is a nice guy. Though, I really miss the Marverick McCain.

    • I remember most his stopping the crazy lady at one of his campaign rallies where she started calling Obama names. That was a class move from a guy who knows class. I miss the old McCain.

  9. McCain has become irrelevant! That’s why he’s making so much noise. He’s next move will be Chairman of the Indian Committee due to term limits. Sounds like Custer’s last stand.

  10. McGrumpy has devolved from a respected PERSON to a cowardly political hack…the bigotry is strong in this one as well…as for Ms. Lindsey…she will fawn over tough talk and cream her jeans with the mention of Bengazigate…but when confronted with facts and the truth she cowers behind the old crotchety guy…for protection…

  11. I still would like our so-called “liberal-media”, I don’t mean just FOX news; to explain to us why they have such a love affair with this guy–He is always on one of the Sunday shows, spouting his BS. He LOST as President hopeful 4 years ago, and has become just a bitter old man since then. Let us remember, this is the same guy who gave us Sarah Palin, with all the damage she has done, while adding to her individual wealth. War hero–long time ago,— really POW hero! The real war hero in the same conflict was John Kerry, another Presidential hopeful who lost; to Bush, the draft dodger, no less. Remember Ohio, and the lies by people who, later, became McCain supporters, those Swift-Boaters (still active), and funded by rich GOP backers. Yet, Kerry, who is somewhat of an expert on Foreign Affairs, is never consulted by the Pundits–kind of makes one wonder just what kind of world these DC pundits live in. It also helps explain why the average voter can be confused, and how Romney and the GOP could think that they were going to win this last election. I submit that it is not just the GOP that doesn’t live in the real world; a lot of our DC elite are in that same bubble–and a lot of them have microphones to broadcast their foolishness.

    • Swift Boaters?

      Do you mean those phonies who never saw a Swift Boat yet questioned Kerry’s Riverine Patrol service?

      Another attempt at the old, old, used up GOP besmirching the service of a legitimate Naval Officer and rather than addressing a candidate’s politics, they go after personalities just like they tried to do with Obama.

  12. it takes a big person to acknowledge when they’re wrong….like the saying goes….
    “Win like a Man…..Lose…. like a Man….”

  13. I don’t understand the voters in AZ look at the crazy people they have in office. It seems they only vote non democratic

  14. McCain is bunk

    Why doesn’t that never-was retire back to Arizona. He will have a qualified candidate opposing him in 2014 and let’s see how he does.

      • Oh I forgot, just like you have forgotten the 4 americans that lost their lives while their government watched. You’re right, how un-progessive of me.

        • Even McCain and Graham have moved on why can’t you?. I have moved on from 19 members of my family being put in harms way, including my son, when Bush lied to us and took us into war at the cost of thousands of lives and casualties. Selective amnesia on your part?

        • Republicans have forgotten the many hundreds of lives lost because Bush 2 did nothing to stop 9/11 after being warned it was going to happen and the thousands of lives lost because of 2 illegal wars based on lies which Bush 2 knew was lies , All these lives were lost while Bush 2 &Cheney watched, Republican President Bush 2 watched and caused the lost of thousands of Americans lives and not one word against it from Republicans. Now because they hate President Obama so much they blame him for the lost of 4 American lives and have done so before any investigation had been done . The Republicans are hypocrites, if a Republican President does wrong and causes thousands of death and watches it happen that is fine and dandy,but if something happens that causes 4 deaths and the President is a Democrat it is a cover up a automatically and they condemn that President without knowing all the facts.

          • Oh absolutely. And Clinton was impeached, Carter failed our citizens in Iran, JFK was an adulterer, and…..oh wait. I was talking about a specific event during a specific time under a specific administration. I usually try not to bring up the argument about the world being round when broaching a current event, but alas, our skeletons do come back to haunt us…..don’t they. Touché Hillbilly, you must be related to the Kentucky girl.

        • and you care about them??? No way. You just want to take down Obama. If you ‘cared’ about anyone, you would have cared about all of those killed on 9/11. you would care ab0ut all of the men and women who have died in dubyas trumped up war. 4 vs. thousands? you are an idiot.

          • Ma’am, it’s alright. You have done your master well, you can breathe now. Exceptional post I might add. I think we should all pause and admire such deep thought and logic and might I digress for such a lack of understanding. I am merely and infidel who has lost his way.

  15. McCain’s behavior demonstrates just how woefully unqualified he is in the theatre of foreign affairs. He would jeopardize every covert asset we have developed in the region on the outside chance that he may be able to smear the President. This shows that he is still licking his wounds from the landslide loss he suffered in 2008. Too bad. You’d like to think that a U. S. Senator, particularly one who ran for President, is a mature adult.

  16. Glad to hear it, though it really is too little, too late. I expect more intelligence, judgment and grace from my elected representatives than Mr. McCain seems able to muster. A very public apology to Ms Rice is essential.

  17. Whatever McCain, (McAmnesty) says, the fact remains that there was and is indeed a massive cover-up of the Benghazi mess. They blamed for weeks with conflicting messages, that a “video” was the cause of the violence that led to the death of wonderful Americans. They were denied “asked for” support that would have saved their lives. They were tortured, which was left out of the media, dragged through the streets. This administration is heavily involved in this national scandal and needs to be brought to light & justice. I don’t care what Party caused this, it is unconsciousable.

    • Get over it – there was no cover up, and you have zero proof of your accusations, There were, however, many Americans dragged through streets under dubya… perhaps you are too young to remember those days

  18. Let’s manufacture a scandal to waste time instead of doing their job and tackling some of America’s real problems. McCain used to be quite something before 2008. This is a bad way for him to finish out his career. A sour, disappointed old man.

  19. President Obama was offended by the criticism and invited senators McCain and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to “come after” him, not Ambassador Rice /// but johny boy knew better then that he knows the Pres. pack a big punch . and he dosent what the Pres. to beat his butt again . like the Pews. did in 2008. johny boys an idiot but not stupid enough to gewt a nother beating beat down from the ROCK OBAMA

  20. Regardless of the outcome of that investigation, McCain likely won’t apologize to Ms. Rice or the president for inventing his own narrative about their motivations. But now would be the perfect time for the former GOP presidential nominee to again concede graciously, and move on — perhaps even out of the Senate.//// what the PRES. should do now is keep bring it up all the time every time he can on any and all talk shows and speaches saying how wrtong JOHNY BOY was wrong and how much a sore loser and an idiot he is . then after awhile JOHNY BOY might then say he,s sorry . to stop the PRES. from calling him an idiot every chance he can

  21. Maybe Dole could convince Senator McCain that he could do a lot more good outside of Washington D.C.//// hmmmmm ya maybe working on the gay marrage board or black men for the country . he could wear a frooo and . and other days a (he can call a mans skirt with a string thong ) yaaaaaaaaa yaaaaaaaaaaa thats it he can be the happy camper that bends for freinds

  22. Now, Mr. McCain, would you kindly hurry up and get on with developing a rapidly spreading inoperable form of cancer so we can soon be rid of you once and for all…

  23. Dear Mr. McCain try to remember, when you no longer can get any Sunday morning coverage for your blatant and outrageous lies..that like a doctor, it is best to “do no harm”.

  24. And this admission comes conveniently AFTER Ms. Rice has officially withdrawn her name from consideration for the Sect’y of State position. Whatever respect I may have once had for his service to this country has long been negated by his endless ass-kissing of the GOP party power players. He’s no “maverick”, he’s a shill for the party’s conservative faction, doing and saying anything to curry favor with them.

  25. The attack on Susan Rice was ALL about getting Kerry to State, and getting Scott Brown back into the Senate. Such a win would boost morale with RepubliKKKan’ts to no end.

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