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Monday, March 25, 2019

As Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) have created a daily spectacle by attacking UN Ambassador Susan Rice for releasing preliminary intelligence about the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi — which  she said was preliminary intelligence at the time — one senator has been conspicuous in his absence from their antics.

For years, Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has played the third “Amigo” to McCain and Graham.

He even endorsed McCain for president only two elections after he served as Al Gore’s running mate. The three have been as one in supporting just about any opportunity for a military intervention (or “surge”) possible. But as McCain and Graham’s attacks on Rice have grown more personal and vindictive, not to say unhinged, Lieberman has disappeared from their side, replaced by freshman senator and former Romney surrogate Ayotte — the new “Amiga.”

On Tuesday, Lieberman stepped completely away from the Amigo fold to declare that he would vote for Rice as Secretary of State, even though she hasn’t been nominated and won’t be until Lieberman has begun his retirement in 2013.

Why? Lieberman says he believes Rice is telling “the whole truth.”

Lieberman’s break is a telling sign that McCain and Graham’s attack is purely partisan in motivation. Some have speculated that they’re simply trying to corner the president into nominating Senator John Kerry as Secretary of State, forcing a special election that would give the recently defeated Scott Brown another chance at a Senate seat. But if you believe the reports that say Rice is being considered for Secretary of State, they also suggest that Kerry would lead the Department of Defense.

McCain, Graham and Ayotte seem to be simply aiming at creating a scandal that Graham has suggested is on par with Iran-Contra, when members of the Reagan administration sold weapons to Iran to fund the Contras — the accusation being that the Obama administration was deliberately misleading about the reason for the Benghazi incident, to avoid admitting we’d been attacked by a group with al Qaeda affiliations so close to the election.

This theory suffers from a multitude of problems.

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27 responses to “The Dog Who Didn’t Bark On Benghazi: Joe Lieberman”

  1. MethMouthMary says:

    McCain and Graham are pathetic war-mongers. Actually, I think McCain is getting senile. He may have been a POW and sacraficed a lot for the country, he is totally out in left field now.

    • BDD1951 says:

      Actually, he has become an angry old man since he was defeated by an African-America. He used to be a man of honor, but he has changed.

      • amazonfan says:

        No, he stopped being a man of honor well before that. He once warned of extremists on the left and the right, such as Jerry Fallwell, but then spoke at Fallwell’s university. That’s just one example.

      • Ed says:

        Well, when he was growing up, blacks served his meals and cleaned his quarters, not running for President. The thought of having 3 blacks in leadershippositions in this country terrifys many, not just McCain.

      • cynic says:

        Understandable, he sacrificed his integrity to win the Presidency and he lost. So without either integrity or the chance to become President it is understandable he become bitter.

  2. CPANewYork says:

    Poor old John McCain should pack it in.

  3. sigrid28 says:

    A great deal of blame for the size of this fiasco is media coverage egging on controversy to boost ratings: which explains Graham and McCain’s Sunday morning appearances. Fox News and Fox Lite (CNN) are shamelessly catering to the Republican base, at a time when it needs to feel that it is still being courted. The media frenzy feels like an episode of “Glee,” until you realize that four lives were lost. The behavior of McCain et al in combination with their celebrity in the news media convinces me that none of these parties is serious. In the context of the painstaking analysis required to get to the bottom of why these tragic deaths occurred, McCain and Graham are an embarrassment.

    A little joke that circulated some time ago described Hollywood as high school with money. Thanks to our media organizations hand-holding with irresponsible members in the House and Congress, our elected officials sound like high school student council electioneers shouting at us over the loud speaker during home room.

    • Hillbilly says:

      Don’t insult high politicans by comparing them to these two publicity seekers. High school politicans have higher ethics and care more about what is best for their school than two professional politicans and their newest amigo from Maine do the Country.

  4. ivory69690 says:

    thats all Mr.Pres. just put JONH McCAIN,S name on for the new Secretary of State that will fix things . and when JOHNY-GIRL crys wheres my protection ? while he going around the world doing his new job . the Pres. can say JOHNY-GIRL dont you remember you had kicked the protection bill out the door when you had your vote . remember the $300 million you voted no for ? thast the same no vote that got those 4 americans killed over your RICE patty thing . but the Pres. can then say keep your head low while working johny-girl . your the best one for the job see you got POW exsparence have a nice day

  5. Ed says:

    All members of congress should have to undergo annual psychiatric examinations.

  6. howa4x says:

    Did anyone read the real account of McCain in the Navy? He got into the Naval academy as a result of his father being an Admiral. Prior to being shot down he crashed two jets with one stalling in mid air. Normally a pilot would have been grounded for such poor ability, and recklass behavior, but daddy intervened and Johnnie boy was sent into battle, poorly prepared. He was shot down on his 1st mission, which at the time was unheard of. True he survived captivity and that is to his credit. He has a history of being recklass and has been known to have profanity laced tirades in the senate. If you said he is unstable I’m sure not many would challange you. Picking Palin over other qualified politicans only reinforces this. He has never met and intervention he didn’t like and I don’t know why the press dosen’t question him more on why he wants to get into Syria when we are not out of Afganistan. He backed another Rice on outlandish claims about WMD’s in Iraq. Graham has always been more of a support kind of guy outside of economic issues. He is only on this ride because he faces a tea party challange in the primary so we know how they are. He knows that this will damage the party that is trying to repair relationships with women and afro Americans , this is why they had to have the 2 women senators on board to not make it look like a gender issue. I don’;t think repugs have any hope of capturing the A-A community so Liebermans defection while a blow was not a death blow. Ambassador Rice will be confirmed by the senate since the dems have the votes. All thes two clowns are doing is removing any cedibility they maybe once had. Too bad for Collins playing partisan politics on the loosing side, and nothing was expected from Romneys former aide. Another republican side show is now playing in DC. Its a comedy and tickets are availible at ……..

  7. stsintl says:

    Lieberman belongs in the Israeli Knesset with his brother, not in the US Senate. After being picked as a VP on a Democratic Party ticket, this opportunist became an Independent when he lost the Democratic Party Primary.

  8. SeekingOut says:

    Never had much respect for Lieberman.

  9. George says:

    Thank you Senator Lieberman for not being like the “stupid” old ” grinch” and the other two who have nothing to do, but stay on Ambassador Rices back!!!!

  10. patuxant says:

    Susan Collins used to be bi-partisan but anyone can see what is going on here. Her dragging up matters in Kenya 14 years ago and attempting to create a cloud around Susan Rice is just too obvious. Let’s get Kerry in as SofS and open up a Senate seat for Brown. Bill Richardson spoke on MSNBC yesterday about that period when he was actually the UN Ambassador and said Rice only dealt with policy matters while there. So Ms Collins, many who approved of you will now find your recent performance distasteful and wrong.

  11. MARK says:

    The reason the theory suffers from a number of problems is that it is pushed by repugliCON a-holes. These suckers would kick a dead horse.

  12. ObozoMustGo says:

    I don’t care what color skin Susan Rice has. She’s simply incompetent. That’s why she will be shot down like an Iraqi figher jet. Check out this listing of incompetence below. Hat tip Richard Grenell, Project to Restore America.

    30 Reasons Why Susan Rice Should Not Get Promoted
    By Richard Grenell
    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Ambassador Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, as President Obama told us, but she appeared on five Sunday political talk shows anyway. On those shows, Rice mouthed talking points that weren’t true. We now know that the talking points did not match the intel reports, which she had complete access to. While the national media debates whether or not she knowingly mislead the public on the Sunday shows, her failings and shortcomings before the Benghazi terrorist attacks have not received the attention they deserve.

    Here are 30 reasons (that have nothing to do with Benghazi) why Susan Rice should not get a promotion.

    1. failed to call an emergency meeting of the Security Council after the 2010 Haiti earthquake
    2. skipped the Security Council debate and vote to add new UN Peacekeepers in Haiti after the earthquake
    3. led the US during the most inactive Security Council since 1991 during her first year as Ambassador
    4. held her first press conference with the UN Secretary General on the pressing international issue of texting while driving
    5. failed to speak out when Col. Gaddafi’s Libya was elected to the UN Human Rights Commission
    6. waited 17 months before voting on the one and only UN resolution on Iran passed during her tenure
    7. dismissed by Hillary Clinton from negotiating most of the Iran resolution with the French
    8. lost the support of more nations on her one Iran resolution than the previous five Iran resolutions combined
    9. took 103 days to move the Security Council to issue a statement after a North Korean submarine sank the South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors
    10. took 18 days to lead the Security Council to action after a North Korean nuclear test (it took John Bolton 5 days in 2006)
    11. failed to support the Iranian opposition during their Green Revolution
    12. failed to speak out when Iran was elected to the UN Women’s Commission
    13. skipped the UN Security Council’s emergency meeting on the Gaza flotilla crisis
    14. snubbed Israel to the point they skipped President Obama’s 2010 UN speech
    15. took more than 2 years to find someone to head America’s UN reform team
    16. failed to address the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to ascertain how erroneous scientific claims were added to official UN reports
    17. painfully slow in getting a UN resolution on the Sudan-South Sudan referendum
    18. ignored Canada’s pleas for help in getting elected to the Security Council
    19. negotiated with the UN’s Arab Group to condemn Israel’s settlements
    20. failed to lead the Security Council during Tunisia’s Arab Spring protests
    21. didn’t speak out on the Libya crisis until the French, British and Arab League had done so
    22. failed to attend the first Security Council meeting on the Arab Spring protests
    23. failed to get the support of allies India, Germany and Brazil on the UN’s Libya resolution
    24. failed to lead the Security Council during Egypt’s Arab Spring protests
    25. failed to lead the Security Council during Yemen’s Arab Spring protests
    26. failed to lead the Security Council to confront Bashar al-Assad’s brutal violence where US resolutions received an unprecedented three vetoes on three different votes
    27. agreed to send former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Syria where he failed miserably
    28. skipped the last open meeting before the planned UN vote to recognize Palestinian statehood
    29. failed to speak out when Iran was elected vice president of the Global Arms Treaty negotiations
    30. delayed Security Council action and the UN report on Rwanda

    Clearly, Rice is an incompetent boob. We don’t need another incompetent mess as SoS

    Have a nice day!

    • sigrid28 says:

      Any racist fool can cut and paste, I’m afraid.

      • ObozoMustGo says:

        Alright siggy you loser, answer this question: Who would I vote for in a race between a black conservative and a white leftist freak?

        Come on boy, you can answer it.

        Have a nice day!

        “I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.” – Booker T. Washington

  13. chittister says:

    after listening to rice barking at the palestinians for coming for help to the UN it is clear to me that lieberman would have to repay her loyalty to israel.

  14. Newborn says:

    McCain is still licking his wounds from past elections, and didn’t like the result of the new one. His hero aura is vanishing. He finally belongs to the Old White Angry Men league.

  15. S-3 says:

    These so-called Repug Vets can go die -they didn’t serve MY country, they served THEIR piggybanks and their pedophile interests!!!

  16. onedonewong says:

    You really can contend that Lieberman is a man of conviction since he contended that Clinton didn’t lie under oath and didn’t vote for impeachment

  17. Gilbert says:

    Well, its high time to grow and move on. What he obviously doesn’t realize is that the Blacks serving his meals were a bi-product of America’s legacy of racism, slavery, and colonization… and that those and similar jobs, for a couple hundred years, were the only jobs allowed to people of color. Anyone who sees it as the norm or natural state-of-affairs suffers from the same delusions as does John McCain. As for Ms Rice being harrassed by McCain and Graham… McCain is just plain stupid, ignorant, and backward thinking. It is clear that he belonged in the POW camp. In all likelihood, General Petraeus knows exactly who is responsible for the bombing of our consulate. This knowledge would have come to him through his “assets” in the field, i.e., the circle of informants, snitches, and spies that we have planted in the region. Gen. Petraeus chose not to broadcast this information at the time in order to protect these informants. Since nobody has come forward to claim responsiblity for the attacks, those who are responsible believe they have gotten away with something, and therefore, will not expect to be hunted down like Bin Laden was. It would serve no purpose to inform an embittered imbecile like John McCain of such details, as he has a big mouth, doesn’t know when to shut-up, and would have compromised the investigation. Susan Rice was handed a “sanitized” script, worded according to what Intelligence wanted revealed at the time… which was NOTHING! The CIA did not want any actual information broadcast in the news until after they had advanced their investigation and , perhaps, found the perpetrators. Men who are trained as terrorists or commandos are well-known by the intelligence community… after all, we trained about a million of them to fight the covert “Mujahadeen” war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. There is no way that Susan Rice knew anything about this. She merely stepped forward and read the statement prepared for her. Even John McCain must realize this, but he is still smarting over his loss to President Obama 4 years ago, and is looking for any issue, no matter how trivial, how stupid… even to the point of arguing a LIE, in an effort to embarrass the President, smearing him with inuendo. This is not the behavior of a “hero.” That is the behavior of a cold-blooded punk! That is how John McCain has been acting lately, like a cold-blooded punk, and Senator Lieberman is too smart to allow himself to be tainted by McCain’s antics.

  18. KarenJ says:

    The “lamestream media” are now excitedly touting frosh Senator Kelly Ayotte as an emerging leader of the party (which one, Tea Party or Republican, they don’t specify).

    Don’t tell me they’ve already dropped Sen. Marco Rubio after his moronic “I’m not a scientist” demurral on the question of how old he thinks the earth is, 6,000 years or millions of years?

  19. Walter Jesse Smith says:

    It isn’t just the Benghazi brigade that has a few holes in it. It is the whole GOP.

    No amount of spilled ink can fill those holes. Or the holes in the whole US Government.

    Meanwhile, the D party gets away with whatever they want, or do not want to do.

    So they do nothing about any of our pressing problems, except strut their stuff around, posturing, thumbing their noses and flaunting their tasteless rhetoric at the hapless R party, as if that were ruling, governing, legislating. It is nothing but posturing.

    It is understandable that Lieberman just fades away. He never did much that was worth doing, anyway. And most of what he did do, was worse than doing nothing.

    As for putting Susan Rice at State, well, why not put the XL pipeline in charge of our State Department, and get over the pretenses that anybody outside Wall Street runs the whole show? Kerry at Defense simply seals the deal.

    And who gives a rip if Brown wins again in MA? The hapless D party only appears to be on a roll. It is very little, if any, less hapless than the R party.

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