Don’t John McCain and Lindsay Graham care about the families of 9/11 too?

Pay No Attention to that Man Behind the “Opportunity”

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham are not playing politics with the deaths of four American government officials, including a US ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya.

Really.

They’re not.

Even if the entire Benghazi “scandal” was a concoction of the Romney campaign to use the deaths of Americans in Libya as an “opportunity,” as they called it:

 [A]s word of violence spread, campaign aides late Tuesday watched tweets coming out of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that were criticizing the filmmaker rather than condemning the attackers, and saw an opportunity to criticize Obama.

America saw death and mayhem in Libya and Egypt.  The Republican presidential candidate saw opportunity.

Of course, Mitt Romney had been keeping his eyes open for an “opportunity” like this for a while.  Romney wasn’t sure how the “opportunity” would present itself.  Maybe it would be like the Iran hostage criss, another horrible tragedy that Mitt Romney saw as an “opportunity.”  But whatever it was, Mitt Romney was ready should the “opportunity” of an American tragedy present itself.

So, please don’t believe that John McCain and Lindsay Graham are using an American tragedy in order to score political points, even if that’s exactly what their presidential candidate did, and his surrogates, every day up until the election.

Okay?

We Owe the American People and the Families of the Murdered Americans a Full and Complete Explanation

You see, John McCain and Lindsay Graham are doing this for the families of the Americans who died in Benghazi – America owes them a full and complete explanation:

Sen. John McCain added: “We owe the American people and the families of the murdered Americans a full and complete explanation, which for two months the President has failed to deliver.”

And that’s why John McCain and Lindsay Graham are threatening to torpedo the nomination of Susan Rice, and African-American woman, as Secretary of State, because they care about the families of the murdered Americans.

Which brings up another Rice who wanted to be Secretary of State, and another tragedy a lot bigger, and a lot more important, than four Americans dead in Benghazi.  I’m talking about September 11, and Condi Rice’s role in the debacle that led to 3,000 Americans dying in an instant, and America getting involved in two multi-trillion dollar wars (the second of which was based on a lie that Condi Rice was also a part of).

You’re probably thinking what I’m thinking right about now.  John McCain and Lindsay Graham must have stepped up and demanded that Condi Rice not be nominated as Secretary of State out of concern for what we owed the American people and the families of the murdered Americans.  Right?

Nah.

We Don’t Owe the American People and the Families of the Murdered Americans a Full and Complete Explanation

Here’s what John McCain said on the Senate floor about Democratic concerns about Condi Rice becoming secretary of state after the Bush administration, which included Rice, lied to the American people and Congress about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, costing us the lives of America service members and trillions of dollars, not to mention that little 9/11 thing:

 ‘So I wonder why we are starting this new Congress with a protracted debate about a foregone conclusion… I can only conclude that we are doing this for no other reason than because of lingering bitterness over the outcome of the election.’”

I’m not noticing a lot of concern about what we owe the American people and the families of murdered Americans.

Then there was John McCain’s comments to CNN around the same time.  Again, no mention of what we owe the families of murdered Americans:

MCCAIN: Condoleezza Rice is a great American success story. This is what America is all about. A young woman who grew up in a segregated part of America where Americans were not treated equally, to rise to the position of secretary of state. We should have been celebrating, I believe, this remarkable American success story. Also, I thought that some of the remarks — and I’m not going to mention my colleagues’ names — some of the remarks aimed at her during the hearings challenged her integrity. We can disagree on policy and we disagree on a lot of things, but I think it is very clear that Condoleezza Rice is a person of integrity. And yes, I see this, some lingering bitterness over a very tough campaign. I hope it dissipates soon.”

Funny, not so concerned any more about a young woman who grew up in a country where she wasn’t treated equally and rose to the position of secretary of state.  And, no mention of what we owe the families of the murdered Americans.  Imagine that.

And finally, we dont want to forget Lady Lindsay, who threw a really hissy fit today when the President dared to defend his UN ambassador.  Surely, Lindsay Graham spoke up during Condi’s nomination for what was owed to the families of the dead Americans?

Nah.

Lindsay was busy explaining how hard the business of intelligence is when you’re busy operating against all those bad guys in the Arab world.  Here’s a transcript of Lindsay Graham on Fox from January 27, 2005:

GRAHAM: Good morning. It’s painful to watch.
DOOCY: You’re talking about the confirmation and not this program, I hope.
GRAHAM: Oh, no. Well, yes.
DOOCY: She wound up — she was there at the Department of State just about a half an hour ago, addressed her staff. She’s happy to be there but it was a rough road getting there.
GRAHAM: Well, I think she comes out bigger than her critics. The words like ‘misleading’ and ‘disingenuous,’ I think, were very unfair.
DOOCY: What about the word ‘liar’?
GRAHAM: Yes, that’s even more unfair. Because it was all in terms of weapons of mass destruction and misleading us about the war and what was in Iraq. Well, every intelligence agency in the world was misled. And to connect those two to say that she’s a liar is very unfair, over the line. And if the Democratic Party keeps this kind of attack up they’re going to be meeting in a phone booth.”

Again, no mention of the families of the 9/11 dead, or the families of our American service members killed in Iraq (let alone all the families we killed in Iraq).

It’s queer, the way Lindsay Graham and John McCain seem to have flipped on a dime and changed their story when the African-American woman trying to be secretary of state is no longer a Republican, but now a Democrat.  Suddenly, her racial struggles, her experience, and her integrity no longer matter.

Queer indeed.


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  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I give you the incomparable Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke Taylor, from 1968:

    Tim: It was a good funeral …
    Marty: Yes, we gave him a good send off …
    Tim: Yes …
    Marty: No man could want more …
    Tim: No, no …
    Marty: He was a good man, George. We won’t see his like again.
    Tim: Salt of the earth, was George. Yes he was …
    (pause)
    Marty: Funny he never married.
    Tim: Yes. … who?
    Marty: George.
    Tim: Ah yes …
    Marty: I mean, it’s not that he never had his chances
    (chortling)
    Marty: Oh, when he was young … a man like that … could have had any he’d chosen. Good looking enough.
    Tim: Yes, yes he was … almost too good looking.
    Marty: Almost too good looking. Them big blue eyes. Them dimples … yes, and that schoolgirl complexion of his … could have had any girl he chose.
    Tim: …any girl he chose
    Marty: … man like that. Funny he never married.
    Tim: Yes, funny that.
    Marty: Still, still … he had his compensations.
    Tim: Yes I suppose he did.
    Marty: Other interests. Scouting …
    Tim: He was very keen on scouting, wasn’t he.
    Marty: … Scouting. Even in his later years, he’d only have to see a troop of Scouts go by and his eyes would light up.
    Tim: Nostalgia … I suppose.
    Marty: I suppose, yes …
    (pause)
    Marty: Funny he never married.
    Tim: Yes, funny that, yes.
    Marty: He was a funny chap in many ways, when you think about it.
    Tim: He was quite, yes …
    Marty: The way he walked.
    Tim: Ah yes …
    Marty: That was funny.
    Tim: With his hips …
    Marty: And his voice …
    Tim: High pitched sort of voice.
    Marty: Oh, almost to the point of falsetto, yes … Oh that was funny, yes. He was funny, yes … But kind, kind …
    Tim: Oh, he was very kind, yes.
    Marty: Kind, kind, kind … Almost too kind. He let his-self be taken advantage of … I never knew him turn a stranger away from his door. There was always a bed in his house for any waif or stray …
    Tim: Yes, yes …
    Marty: Or soldier …
    Tim: Yes …
    Marty: Or sailor.
    Tim: Especially sailors.
    Marty: He liked sailors.
    Tim: Never, never knew him turn a sailor away.
    Marty: Never a sailor, no. Quite often they didn’t even have to come to him.
    Tim: Yes …
    Marty: No, he’d go out looking for them, he would. Never spared himself
    Tim: No, no …
    Marty: Funny he never married. Man like that.
    Tim: He’d have made a good husband.
    Marty: Oh he would, oh, oh …
    Tim: A very good husband …
    Marty: A very good husband, there’s no gainsaying that. He could cook…
    Tim: He could sew …
    Marty: He could knit …
    Tim: Yes, yes … He could arrange flowers.
    Marty: Oh, oh his house, his house … It was like a new pin …
    Tim: Like a shiny new pin.
    Marty: New pin, new pin …
    Tim: Yes, yes it was …
    (pause)
    Marty: Funny he never married. He was a happy man.
    Tim: Yes, yes he was.
    Marty: He was a happy man.
    Tim: He was, he was …
    Marty: Yes, Yes. Never happier than when he was dressing up.
    Tim: Theatrical streak, I suppose.
    Marty: I suppose …
    Tim: Yes …
    Marty: How he loved that mother of pearl handbag.
    Tim: Almost broke his heart, it did, when he left it on the bus.
    Marty: He loved dressing up, yes.
    Tim: Yes …
    Marty: All in all it’s, er … funny he never married.
    Tim: Funny – You never married.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Growing up, I heard them referred to as “confirmed bachelors.”

    Never quite understood why the need for the adjective modifier, except perhaps it served as a signal to wannabe matchmakers, “Don’t bother, this one isn’t interested in women, make what you will from that.”

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    There is no sympathy for McCain. When you review his history, there appears a deeply corrupt and immoral character, who like Rice has failed upward as he sold his heroism to the highest bidder.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    thank you. L. Graham has been hiding behind his military uniforms for decades. Traditionally in the south a gay son either becomes a priest, a militia officer, an antiques dealer or that extra man at dinner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Bosse/608235497 Joe Bosse

    Yes but they are all on board with most of the actually valid things we have to complain about Obama.That’s why all you get is this dreck.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    How about a genuine scandal? Someone should pull the rug out of Graham’s phony military cartoon of a career and his closet life. The same with McCain, who is a character rotten to the opportunistic core in synch with his professional career as a hero.

  • http://adgitadiaries.blog-city.com karmanot

    How about a genuine scandal? Someone should pull the rug out of Graham’s phony military cartoon of a career and his closet life. The same with McCain, who is a character rotten to the opportunistic core in synch with his professional career as a hero.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It wasn’t intended to be sexist, but rather a pointed reference to the fact Lindsay Graham causes Gaydars to explode at a distance of a hundred yards. He gives off the whiff of deep-closet mothballs everywhere he goes.

  • not much of a feminist

    Lady Lindsay? Seriously? Was there a need to introduce SEXIST language into this conservation.

    Dude, you know better.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Mark my words: House Republicans will launch endless witch-hunt investigations as soon as they’re back in session again, and I’d wager better than even money they’ll concoct impeachment charges.

    Not because they’d have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting past the Senate, but simply because they’d rather burn the country to the ground than be denied their due — which is control over all the levers of power.

  • Naja pallida

    Condi Rice is a perfect example of how in the Republican party you can be incompetent at your job, be wrong on so many major things, fail upwards, do a mediocre job there, and still be a darling of the party.

    John McCain is still angry over his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate, and has spent the last decade flushing all his credibility down the drain. When he could have used that giant failure to stand up to the crazies in his own party, and actually set himself up the sane voice that could have wielded an immense amount of power in the Senate. Instead, he’s Abe Simpson “Old Man Yells At Cloud.”

    As for Lindsay Graham, I think he’s just trying to keep his nut-job bona fides. He’s up for re-election in 2014, and is scared to death he is going to be primaried from the right because he is one of the few Republicans remaining who used to be sane at one point. And we all know how the crazies simply can’t stand that.

    Really though, I can’t fathom why they would want to pick this particular fight. Especially right after the election, when there is so many better things to hammer Obama on. Actually valid things.

  • SFAW

    John -

    You’re missing a much bigger point than WMD, etc., relative to 9/11:

    One of the biggest failures leading up to 9/11 was that of the various intelligence-gathering agencies not sharing what they had. As has been pointed out myriad times in the past, the FBI and others had the various warning signs (pilot school for most/all of the hijackers, things like that), but no one coordinated that intelligence-gathering process. However, just because no one coordinated it, it didn’t mean there was no one who was SUPPOSED to coordinate it.

    Specifically, it was the job of the National Security Advisor. And who might that have been, in the months leading up to 9/11? Hmmm, let’s see … Wikisomethingorother says … Condoleezza Rice. Hoocoodanode?

    But in fairness to Condi, the threat from Russia overshadowed EVERYTHING in those days, because SHUT UP! THAT’S WHY!

    Somebody might consider asking Grumpy McAsshole and Purty-Eyes Graham why they never asked Condi anything about possibly the biggest failure of a National Security Advisor ever.

    Edit: Of course, to cover their tracks, the Bushies tried blaming it all on Jamie Gorelick. A few lies here, a few misdirections there – pretty soon, the general public thinks Jamie was the cause, not the fixer, of inter-agency intelligence firewalls.

  • https://www.facebook.com/lelio.risen leliorisen

    The Benghazi gambit has always been about GOP opportunism. This is the only thing they could attack the president on? Concocting another alleged scandal?

    If the GOP were so concerned with the ‘truth,’ why resist an investigation of George Bush lying us into a war with Iraq?

    The truth? Republicans can’t handle the truth. The truth is they are naked opportunists who will attack this president at every turn.

  • ComradeRutherford

    “Don’t John McCain and Lindsay Graham care about the families of 9/11 too?”

    Why would they? Are the families of 9/11 going to give $100M to fund GOP election efforts? No? Then why would any Republican give a crap about them?

    Rmoney was very clear: his attention to you is precisely calculated to the amount of your election campaign donation.

  • citizen_spot

    I suspect the “opportunity” that McCain and his OMGBFF Graham are trying to exploit would be to steer Obama away from Rice to pick John Kerry, thus opening a senate seat that they can try to push Snot Brown back into to try and regain some gooper leverage in the senate.

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