CNN’s “State of the Union: John McCain calls Obama, “Inept” and “Ignorant” in Reaction & Response to Libya Attack & Murders


Well, if the ineptness and ignorance fits, where it …

This morning on CNN’s ‘State of the Union” Senator John McCain (AZ-R) called President Barack Obama “inept” and “ignorant” in his handling of the response in handling the recent attacks and murders in Libya. As reported at The Hill, McCain called the Obama Administrations response after attack on the Benghazi Consulate and the death of four Americans political spin and it did not pass the smell test. However, isn’t this par for the course for Obama? The Obama administration found it so hard to call the underwear bomber or the Time Square bomber, instead it was a one off. They found it difficult to call the Ft. Hood shooting terrorism, instead that was work place violence.

The Arizona Republican said the administration’s initial claim that an anti-Muslim video incited the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was political spin that “doesn’t pass the smell test.”

“It was either willful ignorance or dismal intelligence to think that people come to spontaneous demonstrations with heavy weapons, mortars, and the attack goes on for hours,” McCain said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

“To blame it on the video … shows the absolute ineptitude and ignorance of the realities,” McCain added. “It’s not the videos, it’s the radical Islamists [who] are pushing the videos.”

McCain said the White House was initially reluctant to label the attack a planned act of terrorism for fear of exposing the level of turmoil in the Middle East, a region he characterized as “unraveling” under Obama’s watch.

John McCain, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated of Obama’s response to the Libyan attack … “It interferes with the depiction that the administration is trying to convey that Al Qaeda is on the wane [and] that everything’s fine in the Middle East.” Thus the reason why many have dubbed the politicization of the Obama administration to call the deaths of four Americans terrorism from the outset and when intel know it was terrorism … Benghazi-gate.

The following reaction and response from the Obama administration is most telling. Appearing on the same program, David Axelrod, a senior Obama campaign adviser, defended the administration’s response to the Benghazi attack, arguing that the White House was simply reacting to what was known at the time. Haven’t we seen this from the Obamaites before … it’s not Obama’s fault, blame someone else. What leadership.

Defending the administration’s initial take on the event earlier this month, Axelrod said officials were making judgments based on the intelligence they had at the time.

“That was the original information that that was given to us,” Axelrod said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “What we don’t need is a president or an administration that shoots first and asks questions later.” [Editors note: you mean like when Obama falsely accused the Cambridge, MA police of racism and acting stupidly? Or when he interjected himself in the Trayvon martin case without knowing the facts?]

Hmm, the Obama campaign adviser is defending the administration’s response, not some one from the White House? Doesn’t that tell you all you need as to the White House’s response to the attacks was political and every thing the Obama Admin does is for campaign purposes not leadership. Ever since Obama took office he has been in campaign mode, why should this be any different?

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “CNN’s “State of the Union: John McCain calls Obama, “Inept” and “Ignorant” in Reaction & Response to Libya Attack & Murders”

    1. Tamikosmom on September 30th, 2012 5:16 pm

      John McCain has finally beginning to wak up regarding Barack Obama by speaking out. It is unfortunatate the awakening didn’t happen during the 2008 campaign … it is unfortunate that it was not prior to despicably undermining Michelle Bachman’s call for an investigation in regards to infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood.



      Rage rising on the McCain campaign trail
      October 10, 2008

      At a rally in Minnesota on Friday, a woman told McCain: “I don’t trust Obama. I have read about him and he’s an Arab.”

      McCain shook his head and said, “No ma’am, no ma’am. He’s a decent family man…[a] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues. That’s what this campaign is all about.”

      One man at the rally said he was “scared of an Obama presidency.” McCain later told the man he should not fear Obama.

      “I want to be president of the United States, and I don’t want Obama to be,” he said. “But I have to tell you, I have to tell you, he is a decent person, and a person that you do not have to be scared as President of the United States.”

      McCain’s response was met with boos from the crowd.

    2. Tamikosmom on September 30th, 2012 5:17 pm

      Romney Condemns Ad Proposal Using Reverend Wright
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      The proposal to use Mr. Obama’s association with Mr. Wright quickly brought comparisons between Mr. Romney and Senator John McCain of Arizona, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008.

      Mr. McCain spoke forcefully during that campaign in defense of Mr. Obama, saying on Fox News that Mr. Wright’s rhetoric “are statements that none of us would associate ourselves with.”

      “I don’t believe that Senator Obama would support any of those as well,” he said.

      On Thursday, Mr. McCain indicated that he would again forbid advisers from using material about Mr. Wright.

      “Senator McCain is very proud of the campaign he ran in 2008,” said Brian Rogers, Mr. McCain’s spokesman. “He stands by the decisions he made during that race and would make them again today.”

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    3. Tamikosmom on September 30th, 2012 6:39 pm


      McCain calls Obama ‘inept’ and ‘ignorant’ in reaction to Libya attack
      09/30/12 10:35 AM ET

      On Friday, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, stepped up the GOP criticism of the administration’s reaction, calling on U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice to resign for her initial claims that the video was behind the turmoil.

      McCain on Sunday suggested that was a step too far, saying that Rice was simply “the messenger” for the White House.

      “They sent her out to say things that were absolutely false,” he said.

    4. barbreee on September 30th, 2012 6:59 pm

      And now someone in the DNC is saying Obama is going to lose the first debate because Romney has been doing them longer. Criminy, it’s not an athletic event. If Obama is supposed to be so intelligent, and such a great orator, what’s the difficulty? Is it that he doesn’t have a great command of facts, that he allows other in the administration to assume some of the responsibilities of the POTUS? He better be able to talk the talk.
      SM: Just curious, how many Presidential debates has Romney done? That would be zero.

      How many has Obama done? The answer would be several. I wonder how far in the tank the moderator will be for Obama?

    5. publicenemy2u on October 1st, 2012 8:37 am

      Romney has won 16 0f the 20 debates he’s had this year. Obama last debate was 4 years ago. The challenger has beaten the sitting president in the first debate 5 out of the last 6 elections. On Thursday the GOP will tell folks to beleive the polls that we should’t believe today. WHY? because Romney will get a big bounce from the first debate or it’s over. Are you still trying to lowerer expectations for Romney by infering that Jim Lehrer is biased and will ask “tricky” Cayman and Swiss bank account questions?
      SM: And Obama has the liberal moderator in his pocket. Maybe the uber-lib Lehrer can ask Obama about his failed economy? Maybe he can ask Obama about his lie of cutting the federal deficit in half as opposed o increasing it over $5 trillion in 4 years? Maybe he can ask Obama how about how his administration could of screwed up so badly in the security of the Consulate in Benghazi and why he covered it up and blame it on a a video trailer.

      Personally, I would love to get Obama in a debate. Some how I fell I would go after Obama more than would Romney.

    6. publicenemy2u on October 2nd, 2012 8:06 am

      I’d start with this question:
      Your IRA retirement fund is worth as much as $100 million, but federal law limits IRA contributions to $30,000 a year. In light of this, how did you manage to sock away such a massive nest egg

    7. NGBoston on October 2nd, 2012 11:42 am

      #5-Public—Spin it any way you like, it is a fact that the MSM is in the tank for Obama.

      There are no “low expectations” for Romney. Only thing I’m certain many of us wish for is that Mitt stop being so damn nice. Honestly, Nice left the building a long time ago and if there is one thing that will hurt Romney come debate time is his propensity to be too much of a Gentleman. I’m not suggesting he acts rude or disrespectful to the President (whether I like him or not does not change the fact that he is, President and is owed a certain amount of respect) but in the end, Mitt has got to come out swinging without being overly offensive.

      He has to stop Obama’s spinning and distortion of the facts and NAIL HIM, squarely if Obama continues to try the “well when I came in to office things were so bad, and they have gotten better but we have a lot of work left to do” BS.

      FACT: YOU HAVE HAD 4 years, FAIL.

      You don’t get another chance, IMO and Romney cannot back down from this and hold Obama accountable without letting him continue to talk about how “bad” things were 4 years ago.

      All JMO.

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