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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:53 PM

McCain Backs Away From Benghazi Conspiracies



McCain Backs Away From Benghazi Conspiracies

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) today issued a statement essentially conceding that he was wrong in accusing the White House of changing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s talking points on Benghazi for political purposes.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers last week that the CIA’s assessment that al Qaeda was responsible for the Sept. 11 attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi was taken out of Rice’s talking points after an interagency review. McCain and his allies then claimed the White House took out the talking points because it supposedly undercut the Obama administration’s narrative that it had severely weakened al Qaeda.

But Intelligence officials told CNN yesterday that the intelligence community was responsible for the changes made to Rice’s talking points. The Director of National Intelligence spokesperson said that the White House did not make any “substantive changes.”

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But now that every angle of McCain’s attacks have been completely debunked, all he has left is to complain about not being told that intelligence officials didn’t give him this information sooner.

Full article here: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/11/20/1225461/mccain-rice-benghazi-talking-points/




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Reply McCain Backs Away From Benghazi Conspiracies (Original post)
Tx4obama Nov 2012 OP
still_one Nov 2012 #1
niyad Nov 2012 #7
Sophiegirl Nov 2012 #13
davidpdx Nov 2012 #34
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #43
Overseas Nov 2012 #38
sarcasmo Nov 2012 #2
Dubster Nov 2012 #3
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #4
goclark Nov 2012 #22
FightingIrish Nov 2012 #5
MgtPA Nov 2012 #12
GeorgeGist Nov 2012 #6
JBoy Nov 2012 #29
raging moderate Nov 2012 #8
MANative Nov 2012 #9
Grammy23 Nov 2012 #21
CreekDog Nov 2012 #17
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #52
annabanana Nov 2012 #10
DonViejo Nov 2012 #11
Third Doctor Nov 2012 #14
ThoughtCriminal Nov 2012 #15
yellowcanine Nov 2012 #16
Thor_MN Nov 2012 #18
dawn frenzy adams Nov 2012 #40
joesdaughter Nov 2012 #19
Grammy23 Nov 2012 #20
SouthernDonkey Nov 2012 #23
Skittles Nov 2012 #24
Kingofalldems Nov 2012 #25
courseofhistory Nov 2012 #26
Mister Ed Nov 2012 #27
KT2000 Nov 2012 #28
SCVDem Nov 2012 #30
SunSeeker Nov 2012 #31
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #32
Hutzpa Nov 2012 #33
brett_jv Nov 2012 #35
brett_jv Nov 2012 #36
beac Nov 2012 #37
Overseas Nov 2012 #39
LeftInTX Nov 2012 #44
BlueManFan Nov 2012 #41
certainot Nov 2012 #42
Thinkingabout Nov 2012 #47
AnnieK401 Nov 2012 #45
sakabatou Nov 2012 #46
rks306 Nov 2012 #48
NICO9000 Nov 2012 #49
Javaman Nov 2012 #50
Zambero Nov 2012 #51
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #53

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:57 PM

1. He should apologize

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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:07 PM

7. he should resign

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Response to niyad (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:01 PM

13. He won't resign

That would mean he wouldn't be in the spotlight anymore. He lives and breaths for that.

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Response to Sophiegirl (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 09:26 AM

34. I agree he won't

But I'd bet he'll announce late next year he's going to retire after this year. He is waaaaaayyy past his expiration date.

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Response to davidpdx (Reply #34)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:40 PM

43. He's like milk that has expired...

White, Curdled and Stinks to high heaven!

Get of OUR lawn,John!

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Response to still_one (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 01:48 PM

38. I agree.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:57 PM

2. Old man river needs to resign.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:58 PM

3. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Dubster (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:00 PM

4. The article on your link would be a good one for Meghan McCain to print out & give to her father :)




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Response to Dubster (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:04 PM

22. Cain ain't Able anymore


Go take a nap -

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:01 PM

5. Never mind.

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Response to FightingIrish (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:36 PM

12. Lol.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:02 PM

6. Not very bright.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:57 PM

29. +1

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:17 PM

8. Say, what was the name of that Saturday Night Live character?

That was one of the most brilliant characters on the old Saturday Night Live! And I have been trying to think of her name, and I can't. In one hilarious segment, she misunderstood the word "bussing" and railed against the thought of "busting" schoolchildren.

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:21 PM

9. Emily Litella (Sp?) played by the late, great Gilda Radner. She was an

awesome talent.

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Response to MANative (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:04 PM

21. And died way too young of ovarian cancer.

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:44 PM

17. She'd come up with the most idiotic complaints which the anchor would disprove with 1 sentence

only to have her say, "nevermind."



this is such a good analogy!

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:37 AM

52. My personal fav was her rant about "making Puerto Rico

 

a steak!" ("Let them raise their own cattle.")

Close second, her complaint about 'Soviet Jewelry'

Third runner up: "Sax and violins"

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:22 PM

10. You think the sound of the entire nation laughing at him

caused this back-pedal?

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Response to annabanana (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:33 PM

11. Yes, in part, the laughing got to him but FACTS ultimately

ruined his reputation.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:23 PM

14. He should apologize and then shut up.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:32 PM

15. "All he has left is to complain"

Next time show up for the briefing instead of holding a press conference to complain about not getting briefed.

So he really doesn't have that angle either. And when members of your party leak information that can get our allies killed, don't expect to be at the top of the call tree.


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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:33 PM

16. He is an arrogant little shit, isn't he? Finds out he was way off base and then blames it on the

CIA. And as I recall, the same time he was trotting out his accusations against Rice at a news conference he was skipping an intelligence briefing. This is the definition of chutzpah.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:59 PM

18. Let me guess, he had a good BM and now feels much better..

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:59 AM

40. i think you're right!

Bah-ha-ha-ha!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:00 PM

19. He will never leave voluntarily

He has spoken about his grandfather and father (the admirals) dying within days of their retirements.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:02 PM

20. Betcha he still wants us to get off of his lawn!


Man, he is such an old poop. Watch him shuffle off, mumbling to himself. Talk about making an ass of yourself. He sure wrote the book on THAT, didn't he?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:08 PM

23. It's about time!

It was a stupid supposition from the getgo! I never really could wrap my mind around the reasoning the Rightwingnuts were giving for the Administrations reason for trying to hide anything. The whole thing was just a stupid witch hunt.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:08 PM

24. he needs to resign

his slandering of Ms. Rice was disgusting

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:12 PM

25. Does this mean Fox news will be backing off?

Doubt it.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:19 PM

26. He has shown himself to be a partisan

fool and can never be believed or have credibility again!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:29 PM

27. A man I once respected, and now can only pity. n/t

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:42 PM

28. He has gotten small

in his old age. He owes everyone, especially Amb. Susan Rice an apology but that won't happen.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:58 PM

30. Hey John

Could you say that a little louder?

WE CAN"T HEAR YOU!!!

Oh no you don't get a backpage mea culpa after dominating page one with your crap!

You need to be shamed along with your buddy Graham!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:25 PM

31. Well, it took you long enough, McCain. Looks like you're the one who's "not very bright." nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:37 PM

32. McCain should be ashamed of himself and resign.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:40 PM

33. Can somebody please send that man his zimmer frame. nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:16 PM

35. So, I'm SURE this is on the front page at CNN and all the other 'liberal' media outlets, right?

Or not?

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:54 PM

36. Also, I'm not sure this is really 'backing away' ...

To me it comes off like he's trying to claim that this present situation (wherein he's found out 'belatedly' about the actual source of Ms. Rice's 'omissions') calls for ever MORE 'suspicion' (suspicion of WHAT exactly, you crazy f***nut?) of the Administration, not less.

To me if you read the whole quote it almost sounds more like he's doubling down on his bullshit, rather than backing away.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:08 PM

37. "A statement" doesn't cut it, McNasty. Get in front of one of those TV cameras you love so well and

get down on your knees and BEG the forgiveness of Rice and the President, you miserable sack of pus!

And bring your little groupie Lindsey along with you. He's got some groveling to do too.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 01:56 PM

39. If the CIA had left in the Al Q part, McCain would be accusing Dr Rice of Releasing Too Much Info !!

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Response to Overseas (Reply #39)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:33 PM

44. No doubt of this in my mind!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:15 PM

41. Etiquette precludes

suggesting that it's time for this dinosaur turd to retire. But somebody please make this dumbass a cup of soup and take him somewhere far away from a microphone to eat and then tell him that he'll be fine.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:25 PM

42. but it sure worked well to distract the US from their election disaster

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Response to certainot (Reply #42)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:30 PM

47. True oh so true

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:04 PM

45. So why am I just hearing about this here?

I wonder if the MSM is going to report this.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:05 PM

46. Too late

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:00 AM

48. After he was wrong

I believe McCain needs to undergo a check up of brain functions. After all, he didn't know how many houses he had in his last Pres. run.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 02:37 PM

49. And so much for that "controversy"

Fuck McCain. He is a phony piece of shit and has been for his entire miserable career. He can't leave soon enough for me.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 10:25 AM

50. grumpy old crone, still pissed he lost in '08. nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:23 AM

51. The John McCain 4-Step Process

Step 1: Accumulate egg on face
Step 2: Come to the realization that egg is indeed on face
Step 3: Consider steps necessary to remove egg from face
Step 4: Begin process once again (typically a new "outrage"). Face fully exposed; fresh eggs ready to go.

At the moment, McCain seems to be hovering at Step 2.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:40 AM

53. Alternate headline: 'Crazy Old Coot Enjoys Moment of Lucidity (But

 

Not Decency)"

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