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Fact-checker gives two Pinocchios to McCain’s allegations against U.N. Ambassador Rice

Incurable publicity hound John McCain (he’s on the network talk shows virtually every Sunday morning) has been disparaging Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador the the United Nations, over her public statements regarding the attack in September on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

But Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler finds fault with McCain’s criticisms of Rice — especially when compared to his defense of then-Secretary of State nominee Condolleeza Rice during the Iraq War.

Kessler’s detailed report on the matter is HERE:

McCain mischaracterizes Rice’s words and then assumes she should have all the information that is known now about the Benghazi attack. Her claim that there was a protest is clearly wrong, but within the context of that week, it was not off base, since it appeared in news reports quoting witnesses and even in the president’s daily briefing.

As we have written, the administration — and especially the president — appeared suspiciously reluctant to label the attack an act of terrorism. But within the context of all those statements, Susan Rice’s remarks five days after the attack appear to be a sideshow, especially because she had virtually no role in the key issues surrounding the Libyan mission.

Readers know we frown on hypocrisy. Given that McCain was so quick to excuse Condi Rice for making remarks of much greater import, it seems rather unsporting to quickly rush to judgment and mischaracterization in the case of Susan Rice.

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9 Comments

  1. Luke Fredrickson

    McCain is an unprincipled whore.

  2. Time for McCain to start talking to a chair.

  3. Gary Osborn

    McCain(hey you kids get off my yard) and Graham are the same morons who would still have us fighting in Iraq as well as having military boots on the ground in military Syria and Iran. They have been wrong on just about every foreign policy statement they have made. Makes you wonder why anybody but Fox would give these two brainiacs any airtime.

    I beleive Susan rice graduated from Stanford and McCain was last in his class from the Naval Academy

  4. Luke Fredrickson

    The congressinal leadership of the Republic Party is apoplectic because, four years in, they have zero scandals to pin on Obama.

    After they won big in 2010, they thought they could reprise the Clinton experience and tie up the House with defamatory investigations…alas, even a crook like Issa can’t find anything to concoct, outside of whining about vegetables grown on the White House lawn (Commie!).

    I salute Obama for running his administration with the utmost of integrity.

  5. Who cares if someone is liberal or conservative – doesn’t it trouble you that the White House is sending out someone as a spokesman who knows nothing about the issue, and to make matters worse, sends them out with inaccurate, misleading, and probably downright false information to protect the messiah and his admin who dropped the ball on protecting the embassy when calls for help were sent out well before 9/11? I seem to remember the liberals calling Bush Admin liars and lying about getting us into a war, even though there was evidence THEY were relying on the intelligence available at the time. Why doesn’t the same standard apply to Obama?

  6. Brian Opsahl

    Have you read what these guys and Fox have been reporting as facts…it all Fox BS is what this is …them trying to find any dirt they can on this President…It’s over you lost take it like a Man…

  7. This country will never get over this loss because this President is going to ruin this country or bring it down so badly that it will take years to recover once he is gone. The only bright side I can see is that in a couple of years when it is clear his policies don’t work or make things worse, Dems will be voted out and we will never have to see Dems in office for YEARS. He already lost supporters from the election in 2008; not as many turned out to vote for him. I can only imagine as things digress, he will lose even more supporters and I can’t wait to be able to tell them “I told you so.”

  8. RD: What a hopeless wingnut you are!

  9. Brian Opsahl

    @ RD, are you under the impression that Mr Obama can run one more time. Nothing you say about him matters anymore he WON, it’s over ….maybe you didn’t see the final results because they were overwelming 332 to 206 in electoral votes, popular vote by over 3 million. So you see it dosen’t matter if he lost some votes here or their he already one big…and now it’s time to get to work on our deficit, spending habits,job creation,and finish fixing the economy that your republicans destroyed. Either get on the train thats leaving the station, or do as all the republicans are doing, and cry like a baby, wine like a wimp, and lie your ass off, about anything the President tries to do…!! ala Fox style

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