John McCain, 2012: Obama is probably a good man
The Senator from Arizona, not content to have established four years ago that Obama was A Good Man, is back on the President’s campaign bus, arguing that he remains A Good Man, the self-identified Commander in Chief who’s being victimized at this unfortunate hour by his Pentagon.
Sen. John McCain, one of the leading critics of the Obama administration’s handling of last month’s terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, accused the Pentagon on Friday of not having enough military reinforcements in place to respond to such an attack.
“After three weeks of investigation we have concluded that there was no way that the military could have intervened because they were not ready,” McCain, the Arizona Republican, told Fox News. “They were not prepared and there was no alert of any kind that would have enabled them to reach a state of readiness that they could not have intervened.”
McCain’s comments come as sources tell Fox News that CIA operatives twice asked for permission to help Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff and were told to ‘stand down’ — while a later request for military backup was denied. Stevens and three other Americans died in the attack on Sept. 11.
A senior defense official at the Pentagon immediately pushed back against McCain’s criticisms, saying his claims “would just be wrong.”
The fact likelihood* that assets were available, a fact likelihood that from his vantage point surely a more thoroughly informed McCain not only knows “after three weeks of investigation” but is in office to know in part thus to reflect the information back to his constituents? The fact the Administration hadn’t pointed out preexisting unrest in order to insulate itself against a freshly rogue Pentagon but for weeks had instead blamed the Filmmaker for the deaths of four American officials in a known hotspot halfway around the world?
Both irrelevant. Yet these are our times, when nearly the entire Press, savoring its sudden noble political indifference and detachment, drags its feet reporting the gravest assault on official American capacity since 9/11 itself, and when a sitting US Senator and former prisoner of war is so uninformed and so badly spoken that he should probably consider retiring.
Spit. Unless Senator McCain has gone into conspiratorial mode and is frantically blue-skying some other unlikely scenario in semaphore behind the podium, I say vote them all out.