McCain: “Benghazigate Worse than Watergate. No One Died in Watergate”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Senator McCain had some harsh words for Obama over Benghazigate. Despite the media’s attempt to portray McCain as some rabid right-winger, the Arizona Senator has always been an iconoclast and a middle of the road kind of guy, who certainly isn’t saying this because he has any great loyalty to or liking for Romney. He’s saying this as an experienced foreign policy man who has seen a lot of ugly things in Washington DC come and go.

“This tragedy turned into a debacle and massive cover-up or massive incompetence in Libya is having an impact on the voters because of their view of the commander in chief,” McCain said. “It is now the worst cover-up or incompetence I have ever observed in my life. Somebody the other day said to me, ‘Well, this is as bad as Watergate.’ Nobody died in Watergate.”

McCain has been in Congress for 30 years and has seen five presidents come and go. What he’s saying is that Obama’s actions in Benghazi are an entirely new low.

“I don’t know if it’s either cover-up or gross — the worst kind of incompetence, which doesn’t allow — doesn’t qualify the president as commander in chief. You’ve got to — the buildup to it. We knew of two attacks on our consulate. The British ambassador assassination attempt. Repeated warnings. Repeated warnings. The last message our beloved ambassador sent to us concerns about security in Benghazi. He had even voiced them to me when I was in Tripoli. Nothing was done.”

“On the day of, obviously, there was no military either capability or orders to intervene in a seven-hour fight. And probably the worst of all of this, of course, is the gross, gross, outrageous statements that he made and his– I was on your program when Susan Rice came on. And I was slack-jawed when she went through that routine of the– that this was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a video. We now know there was no demonstration. There was no mob. So how could intelligence community ever reach a conclusion that there was a spontaneous demonstration when there wasn’t?”

The official cover story now is that Obama had bad intel. So how did McCain as a Senator have better intel than Obama did in the White House?

“So the president went on various shows, despite what he said he said in the Rose Garden, about terrorist acts, he went on several programs, including The View including Letterman, including before the UN where he continued to refer, days later, many days later, to this as a spontaneous demonstration because of a hateful video. We know that is patently false.”

Obama is trying to blame the intelligence community for his own lies, but he has yet to release any intelligence reports claiming that this was a spontaneous protest against a video that went bad.

  • https://www.facebook.com/todd.remmy Todd Remmy

    McCain a "rabid right winger…"? since when?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Media's attempt to portray him as such in 2008 election.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Since he stopped kissing Obama butt.

    • Mary Sue

      I had to laugh my butt off at that, too. One of the nearby states is running ads about a guy, trying to scare voters away by invoking that the guy worked for the McCain/Palin campaign and some woman in the ad went "Ugh, Sarah Palin?" in an attempt to paint the dude as NOT a "moderate".

      I wanted to reach through the screen and shake the person and say "I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT PALIN BUT MC CAIN IS MOST DEFINITELY A MODERATE YOU IDIOT!!!"

  • pierreten

    asdf

    • Mary Sue

      I think your cat posted for you, dude.