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  • McCain continues to make a buffoon out of himself with Benghazi, Susan Rice hit job

    The Ultimate Guide To McCain's Smear Campaign Against Susan Rice | ThinkProgress

    It's sad that with each passing year the man looses a bit of the respect he deserves for his past service. Seems he's still bitter about 2008. The creme de la creme is that he supported Condi Rice after her massive intelligence failure that led to 9/11 and the Iraq war. Incredible.

    1. McCain attacks Rice for saying anti-Islam video may have sparked Benghazi attack. Referring to Rice’s suggestion on Sept. 16 that the Benghazi attacks may have been sparked by animosity over an anti-Islam video, the Arizona Republican claimed yesterday on Fox News that Rice “went out and told the American people something that was patently false and defied common sense.” He added on CNN: “It was obvious to one and all that this was not a ‘spontaneous demonstration’ because in real time, they saw there was no demonstration.”

    REALITY: Rice was merely repeating U.S. intelligence assessments. The Washington Post’s David Ignatius reported that CIA talking points on the Benghazi attack dated Sept. 15, or the day before Rice’s Sunday show appearances, stated that “[t]he currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex.”

    And this is exactly what Rice said, for example, on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sept. 16. “Soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in.”

    And on Sept. 16, Rice did not, as McCain suggests, offer a definitive assessment of what took place. In fact, she cautioned that it could change after an investigation. “[T]here’s an FBI investigation which is ongoing,” she said. “And we look to that investigation to give us the definitive word as to what transpired.”

    2. McCain says the anti-Islam video had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack. In his attempt to discredit Rice, McCain claimed on CNN last night that Rice’s assessment that the attack in Benghazi was sparked by a “spontaneous demonstration” against an anti-Islam video is “totally false.”

    REALITY: It is still unclear what started the Benghazi assault. The New York Times reported last month that the attackers “did tell bystanders that they were attacking the compound because they were angry about the video.”

    3. McCain says U.S. officials knew immediately that Al-Qaeda was responsible for the Benghazi attack. The Arizona senator claimed yesterday that “[e]verybody knew that it was an al Qaeda attack and she continued to tell the world through all of the talk shows [on Sept. 16] that it was a ‘spontaneous demonstration’ sparked by a video.”

    REALITY: Al-Qaeda’s involvement is still speculation; attack and anti-Islam video demonstration are not mutually exclusive . The event could both have been a terror attack and inspired by a demonstration against an anti-Islam video. These two factors are not mutually exclusive and Rice said as much on Sept. 16. Moreover, definitive proof has yet to emerge that the Benghazi attackers were affiliate with Al-Qaeda.

    4: McCain says Rice’s Sept. 16 talking points did not originate from U.S. intelligence agencies. Some reporters have tried to inform McCain that Rice was merely giving the public information that American intelligence services provided her, but he seems to refuse to believe that the whole affair is anything but political. “Her talking points came from the White House, not from the DNI,” McCain said last night on CNN, referring to the Director of National Intelligence. “I think it’s patently obvious that the talking points that Ambassador Rice had didn’t come from the CIA. It came from the White House,” McCain said on Fox.

    REALITY: Rice’s Sept. 16 assessment of the Benghazi attack matched CIA and DNI analysis at that time. As noted above, Rice’s Sept. 16 statements mirror the CIA’s Sept. 15 assessment and the DNI’s office said a week later that just after the Sept. 11 attack, “there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests” and that it “provided that initial assessment to Executive Branch officials and members of Congress, who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available.” If Rice’s talking points came from the White House, officials there didn’t alter them much from what the intelligence agencies were saying.

    McCain wants a special Watergate-style investigation into the Benghazi attacks, but lawmakers, including many of his Republican colleagues, appear to be satisfied with letting the ongoing investigations take their course. It also turns out that many Republicans in the Senate aren’t too keen on pre-judging Rice either, should the President nominate her. And if McCain was really interested in getting the facts about Benghazi, he could have attended yesterday’s closed door hearing on the matter instead of holding a press conference attacking Rice and Obama.

    So it’s clear that McCain’s real problem here is with Obama, and on that point, the president suggested that McCain give him a call. “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me,” Obama said yesterday. “And I’m happy to have that discussion with them.”

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    Re: McCain continues to make a buffoon out of himself with Benghazi, Susan Rice hit job

    An opinion from ThinkProgress.org, eh? OK, so who are they?
    ThinkProgress is an American political blog that "provide[s] a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies".[2] It is an outlet of the Center for American Progress.

    ThinkProgress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Center for American Progress is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. Its website states that the organization is "dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action."[2] The Center presents a liberal[3] viewpoint on economic issues. It has its headquarters in Washington D.C.[4]

    Center for American Progress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    OK, so a really valuable, non-agenda laden opinion from them, eh?

    Thing of it is that it was already known in the administration, from communications from Libya that it was an organized terrorist attack. Yet, the administration sent Rice to the Sunday talkies to promote the idea that it was a video. This was furthered by the administration with Obama's address to the UN, where the video was mentioned over and over.

    How can this be anything but misleading the American public?

    No, I don't fault Rice. I fault the decision making that sent her to the Sunday talkies with the message that she delivered.
    Last edited by eohrnberger; 11-15-2012, 06:24 PM.

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      Re: McCain continues to make a buffoon out of himself with Benghazi, Susan Rice hit job

      Originally posted by Danny View Post
      The Ultimate Guide To McCain's Smear Campaign Against Susan Rice | ThinkProgress

      It's sad that with each passing year the man looses a bit of the respect he deserves for his past service. Seems he's still bitter about 2008. The creme de la creme is that he supported Condi Rice after her massive intelligence failure that led to 9/11 and the Iraq war. Incredible.
      Or maybe his is still an American who loves his country and hates to see what is happening to it.

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