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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:17 PM

McCain Once Offered Identical Assessment As Susan Rice On Benghazi Attack

Source: ThinkProgress


By Ben Armbruster on Dec 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

Just three days after the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said there were “demonstrations” at the U.S. diplomatic mission there and that the attackers “seized this opportunity to attack our consulate.” McCain also said during this Sept. 14 press conference on Capitol Hill that he wasn’t certain whether al-Qeada perpetrated the assault.

Yet McCain has been leading a smear campaign against U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice for essentially making the same assessment two days later... -snip-

SUSAN RICE: Based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy — sparked by this hateful video. 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 — 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.

-snip

...McCain’s analysis of what occurred in Benghazi in the days after the attack on Sept. 14 mirrors Rice’s assessment....-snip-

MCCAIN: It’s hard to know exactly what took place and how long it was planned, and — I don’t have that information. I know very well that there were demonstrations, that there was a group of either al-Qaida or some radical Islamists who — about 15 of them, armed with RPGs and other lethal weapons, that seized this opportunity to attack our consulate. And it was an act of terror. It wasn’t an act of a mob getting out of control. We should understand that. This was a calculated act of terror on the part of a small group of jihadists, not a mob that somehow attacked and sacked our embassy.

-snip-

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/12/03/1270411/mccain-same-assessment-susan-rice-benghazi/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:18 PM

1. Hypocrtical douchebag. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:20 PM

2. McCain would eventually change his mind 2 days later

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Benghazi_attack#September_2012

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, voiced suspicion that the attack was planned in advance and not prompted by the furor over the film. He noted that "ost people don't bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to demonstrations. That was an act of terror."

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Response to alp227 (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:36 PM

4. GOPers get free do-overs.

It's a GOPer fringe benefit.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:21 PM

3. The fact that he is a liar or he forgets does not surprise me.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:31 AM

5. McCain knew that Bengazi was a Republican plot to embarass the president.

Rmoney was already with his talking points. So McCain knew the truth but spewed the cover story. When the plot failed and Ms. Rice was using the "lie" he got pissed off. I dont know whether Ms. Rice knew the truth or not. I suspect she did but gave the cover story to allow intelligence to continue the investigation into the Republican plot. Funny how a powerful potential Republican presidential candidate did the honorable thing. I think he was given the option.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:06 AM

6. Taking Republican hypocrisy to new depths

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:41 AM

7. Why are we just hearing about this now?

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Response to rucky (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:45 AM

8. The sounds of manufacturing a crisis were louder. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:14 AM

9. He's become a cariciature of himself. He should have retired right after McCain Feingold became law.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:37 AM

10. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.....McGrumpy flip flops

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:02 AM

11. Stupid old windbag can't even keep 'embassy' and 'consulate' straight.

One of these things is not like the other.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:58 AM

15. Or CIA safe house, for that matter! nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 02:00 PM

12. You can

 

even go further with an imagination about conspiracies. Especially when that same CIA chief provided the talking points, is caught in a scandal, and have conversations from a FOX surrogate about running for President in the GOP. I wouldn't even trust the Government in Benghazi because people make strange bed fellows. Even the purpose of that consulate can be questioned and why it was located there any way? I wouldn't call it an embassy if it was doing covert operations. One example would be funneling weapons or spying. You have to wonder when you have Generals, advocating entering other countries. If Mitt Romney had won, McCain would have who he wants in office to carry out his wars. That can be seen as political too. Of course all of that is just conjecture, like McCain is doing. There is no evidence to suggest so.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 09:50 PM

13. Just as we know .. mccain has been

Smearing himself this Entire Time.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 10:14 PM

14. Check out the DU OP on the link below !!!

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