The cranky old Senator has whipped himself into a lather over Susan Rice's televised statements about the attack on the Benghazi consulate, accusing her of misleading the public because she did not immediately cite al Qaeda or a planned terrorist attack. She made those statements on September 16. And yet on September 22, McCain himself voted for a resolution that described the affair thus:
the violence in Benghazi coincided with an attack on the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which was also swarmed by an angry mob of protesters on September 11, 2012.
My italics. So McCain is clearly implying as late as September 22 that he believed the attack was spawned by the video. No mention of terrorists or al Qaeda, even after McCain had had a chance to talk this through with intelligence sources. So why is McCain haranguing someone for saying what he said days later? ABC News just asked him:
Sen. McCain’s office called the comparison between the language of the resolution and Rice’s words "pathetic." "This is total nonsense," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in a statement to ABC News.
That's not an answer. He just got hoisted on his own petty petard.
(Photo: US Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain speaks during 2012 Foreign Policy Initiative Forum in Washington, DC, November 27, 2012. By Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)