Monday, November 19, 2012

John McCain wants so badly to politicize the Benghazi attack he's willing to paralyze U.S. foreign policy until he gets his way

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Yesterday, John McCain -- angry, bitter, crotchety, petulant -- told Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation he wouldn't just not support Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state (and he loathes her in a way that is sort of depraved), he wouldn't support any nominee until he got what he wanted on Benghazi:

SCHIEFFER: Until then, you will remain opposed to her nomination?

MCCAIN: Under the present circumstances, until we find out all the information as to what happened, I don't think you would want to support any nominee right now. Because this is very very serious and it has even larger implications than the deaths of four Americans. It really goes to the heart of this whole light footprint policy that this administration is pursuing.

This is ridiculous. And while I would say it sets a bad precedent, Republicans have been obstructionist like this throughout Obama's presidency.

As ThinkProgress notes:

McCain's scapegoating of Rice has been soundly debunked, as the ambassador was simply given talking points provided by the intelligence community. Even other Republican senators have backed away from his plan to block her nomination. Despite the lack of support behind him, McCain appears willing to take his politicization of the Libya attack to new heights in the nomination process.

For more debunking of this Republican obsession with Benghazi (and with bringing Obama down), see my post from yesterday, "On Benghazi, it's desperately partisan Republicans vs. Obama, the CIA, and the facts."

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