McCain Thanks Tunisia’s Islamist Thug Who Freed Benghazi Attacker

Tunisia, like Egypt, fell to Islamists in the wake of the Arab Spring. It’s now overrun with Salafist thugs trying to enforce Islamic law, with the reported collaboration and/or tolerance of the Islamist government.

Unlike the street battles between the Muslim Brotherhood and the opposition in Egypt, the battles between the secular opposition in Tunisia and Ali Larayedh’s police state thugs have gone mostly unreported. Now, after a political assassination by Salafists, Jebali is out and Ali Larayedh is the new Prime Minister.

All that set the stage for another approving McCain visit to an Arab Spring disaster area.

According to accounts of the meeting, McCain thanked Larayedh for his commitment to protect the US embassy [from] any further attempt to attack” it.

It was nice of McCain to word that in the future tense because Larayedh, despite his facility at targeting opposition protests, failed to protect the United States embassy in Tunis on September 11.

It took intervention from Tunisia’s somewhat more moderate president to do that who sent in his presidential guard. If McCain should have been thanking anyone, it’s not Islamist hardliners like Larayedh, but President Marzouki.

As hundreds of people swarmed the U.S. embassy in Tunis last Friday afternoon, the phone rang in the office of the country’s President, Moncef Marzouki. It was Hillary Clinton, pleading with him to help secure the American compound, just up the hill from his sprawling seaside palace. So Marzouki played a risky political card: he dispatched his presidential guards to the embassy, effectively muscling in on the country’s military and police forces — a show of strength in an intense power struggle between secular Tunisians like himself and the Islamic party that dominates the government.

“We sent hundreds of our presidential guards with a lot of arms,” said Mansar, recalling Clinton’s two calls on Friday. “Half the arrests were made by our guards, whose job is only to protect the President and his staff.”

We don’t know what might have happened in Tunis had Marzouki failed to act. Instead McCain chose to thank a police state thug whose forces are better at knocking out the eyes of labor protesters than stopping Salafists.

Worse still Larayedh shrugged as Tunisia’s one known Benghazi attacker was set free.

Tunisia’s new prime minister says there is no evidence to link a Tunisian to the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed the American ambassador and three others.

Prime Minister Ali Larayedh told The Associated Press: “May the party who has proof step forward.”

Tunisian authorities said last year that they “strongly suspected” that the Tunisian, Ali Harzi, 28, was linked to the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

But instead of holding the Tunisian Islamist regime accountable, McCain gave it a pat on the back.

  • AlgerHiss

    I wish this freak'n John McCain would get the Hell out of my life. Good God, I am absolutely sick of this man. He's actually worse than leftists.

    And, no, McCain, I don't give a rat's a** how long you were in that Hanoi prison.

  • Treei

    He has always been a suck up ,,two faced. He needs to learn he's a senator who works for the people not the other way around. Read the constitution McCain you need a refresher on it.

  • AdinaK

    This is the mindset of addled McCain – clueless and feckless. The same McCain who rallied to the aid of Brotherhood Mafia diva (and chief operative!), Huma Abedin, while tarring fellow Rep, Michelle Bachmann –

    Therefore, his actions re Benghazigate are equally predictable –

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Viet Vet

    Brains is not one of McLame's strong suits.

  • limojets

    Very dangerous: The Tunisian Ministry of InteriorVery dangerous: The Tunisian Ministry of Interior, the number on suspect of the political conspiracy in the lie of the assassination of Chokri Belaid that never happened uses Photoshop to create a fake Portrait robot, of Kamal Gadhghadi killed and buried instead of Chokri Belaid who left the country with a different Identity and Passport the night before the assassination lie, from his ID photo held in the ministry files. Instead of creating a Portrait Robot from witnesses, they created it from faking and copying/pasting parts of the face as they appeared exactly on his ID picture given to issue his personal ID.
    As we all known the photo of a portrait robot is made by a special department at the Ministry of Interior relying on witnesses to shape the image of the accused, but in this political and government conspiracy lie of the assassination of Chokri Belaid there are no witnesses because the last was never killed. The accused supposed killer Kamal Gadhghadi was murdered and buried in this case.
    The ministry of Interior participated in this crime drama and faked a lie assassination of Chokri Belaid then used Photoshop or a similar software to create a fake Portrait robot from the original photo of Kamal Gadhghadi and they fabricated a camouflage portrait robot to Kamal Gadhghadi and published it through the Tunisian media prior to the publishing of the real picture.
    Below are the parts copied and pasted from the real picture between the two images:
    1 – lips fully copied from the originals with a slight rise in the right side of the lip Kamal Gadhghadi
    2 – ears fully copied from the originals
    3 – eyebrows were fully copied from the originals with the middle black dots in between
    4 – the neck fully copied from the original with the appearing bone that characterizes some individuals
    5 – eyed changed to camouflage a bit the portrait robot picture
    6 – to of the hair was copied from the original and changed the bottom between the hair and the forehead
    All the above and other facts confirm once again that the assassination Chokri Belaid was a lie from A to Z and it is a political and Government conspiracy involving several parts.
    Best Regards,
    Kais MAALEJ

  • Ben

    My advice to Mr Greenfield is to stop writing his book if it has the same information he is providing in his articles, please before publishing anything, do more research, visit the countries you are writing about and I am sure your quality of writing will improve.