Hypocritial Much? Part Three

I know that politics is fraught with hypocrisy, whether it is Mike Huckabee or Scott DesJarlais, or someone else, I have the feeling the material will keep coming, and I will have plenty to write about.  I know, you are really excited about that.

Today (well, not just today, but for a while now), the hypocrisy comes from Senator John McCain.

Senator McCain is all up in arms about what the Obama Administration knew, when they knew it, and what they released regarding the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi that left 4 dead, including our Ambassador.  The event in itself was a tragedy, and it is terrible that 4 lives were lost.  But McCain, along with his buddy Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, seem hell-bent on blaming one person for the information that came out immediately and in the days following the attack.  Their target is UN Ambassador Susan Rice.  There is speculation that President Obama will nominate her for Secretary of State once Hillary Clinton steps down, and McCain and Graham have put it out there that they will do everything they can to block her nomination.

Regarding Benghazi, McCain has thrown around “cover up” and “incompetence” as if he says them enough, it will be true that there was an incompetent cover up.  Whether there was deliberate misinformation or not will be found out eventually, but the person McCain is scapegoating is not the one to blame.  Ambassador Rice did exactly what she was instructed to do, and gave (at least in my opinion) satisfactory information in the immediate aftermath.

“We are obviously investigating this very closely. The FBI has a lead in this investigation. The information, the best information and the best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack…  Obviously, we will wait for the results of the investigation and we don’t want to jump to conclusions before then. But I do think it’s important for the American people to know our best current assessment.”

The above quote was part of her response in the days following the attack.  The Administration did not “want to jump to conclusions” before an investigation was complete.  Sounds like a levelheaded approach.  The last thing we, as a country, should be doing is making accusations that may turn out to be false.  That could be devastating, and could lead to even more American deaths.

Wait, that sounds familiar.  Misinformation that can lead to a lot of American deaths.  That sounds like the buildup to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the American public was fed information that led us to believe that they had WMD and were close to attacking us.  Don’t believe me?  Take then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice’s word for it:

“There is certainly evidence that al Qaeda people have been in Iraq. There is certainly evidence that Saddam Hussein cavorts with terrorists…  We know that he is acquiring weapons of mass destruction, that he has extreme animous against the United States.”

I think we know how that turned out.  No WMDs and over 3,000 Americans dead.  Yet, John McCain hails Condoleezza Rice as “a person of integrity” and those who opposed her nomination to become Secretary of State in 2005 merely had “lingering bitterness over a very tough campaign.”  That sounds familiar to 2012 to me.  Now, I have no doubt that Condoleezza Rice is a woman of integrity, but wasn’t she just feeding the public information that was provided by the Bush Administration?  Wasn’t that information found to be misleading and incorrect?  Did John McCain threaten to block her nomination?  The answers are: yes, yes, and no.  So, if the first two questions can be asked about the attack on Benghazi about the Obama Administration, and the first two answers turn out to be the same (yes and yes), shouldn’t the answer to question three be the same as well?  You would think so, and you would be wrong.  Because John McCain is a hypocrite.

At this point in his career, John McCain resembles nothing more than an angry old man, just waiting on the porch to tell those damn kids to get off his lawn.  It seems to me, using his words, that there is some lingering bitterness over the election, and not necessarily only the 2012 election.  Senator McCain, if you are serious about blocking the nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State should it occur, be an adult and do more than threaten a filibuster; take the floor of the Senate and actually filibuster.  Read the dictionary, break out old copies of Encyclopedia Britannica if you want to, but by all means, do not waste time with idle threats that will keep a confirmation vote from happening.

*Information in this post was taken from this article on Politicsusa.com.  You can read all of John McCain’s remarks made on the floor of the Senate regarding Iraq here.  You can read even more about John McCain and Iraq’s “WMDs” by clicking here.

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