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There comes a time when some individuals should, as Douglas MacArthur once famously said, “fade away”. Clearly, it’s past time for the 2008 GOTP Presidential footnote, Senator John McCain. This past weekend, while a guest on Meet the Press, discussing his party’s ongoing misuse of the filibuster and how contentious the confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel had become, McCain became belligerent and it seems, began to speak without his brain being fully engaged; his stinging defeat to President Obama clearly shaping his need for revenge at all cost.
When asked about the contentious hearings McCain began to lambast the host seeming to say the Senate hearings had become so bad due to the lack of information from the White House surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi as a “massive cover-up.”
“There are so many answers we don’t know,” McCain claimed. “We’ve had two movies about getting bin Laden and we don’t even know who the people were who were evacuated from the consulate the day after the [Benghazi] attack. So there are many, many questions. So we’ve had a massive cover-up on the part of the administration.”
Host David Gregory tried unsuccessfully to get McCain to clarify what he meant by “a massive cover-up.”
To which McCain then started almost shouting, “I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died? And shouldn’t people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?”
“Well, what you said was the cover-up–a cover-up of what?” Gregory asked.
“Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans,” McCain replied. “The information has not been forthcoming. You obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn’t. And I’ll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including ‘What did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?'”
McCain continued: “Why did the president for two weeks, for two weeks during the heat of the campaign continue to say he didn’t know whether it was a terrorist attack or not? Is it because it interfered with the line ‘Al Qaeda has [been] decimated’? And ‘everything’s fine in that in that part of the world’? Maybe. We don’t know. But we need the answers. Then we’ll reach conclusions. But we have not received the answers. And that’s a fact.”
McCain never answered any of the questions put to him, he seemed to be the grandfather at Thanksgiving dinner rambling from one topic to the next, unable to ever coherently clarify what he’s talking about, just speaking louder and angrier the more you try to comprehend where he’s going.
There is no cover up on Benghazi, there have been countless hearings and reportedly more than 10,000 pages of testimony given; plainly, as stated earlier, it’s past time for the Senator to begin fading away before he begins screaming, “Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with… geometric logic… that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox DID exist, and I’d have produced that key if they hadn’t of pulled the Caine out of action. I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow officers…”
It’s one thing to serve the people; it’s another to continue appearing as a petulant loser who’s coming unglued, incapable of moving on.
According to the New York Times, American officials have announced that “a missile fired from an American drone aircraft in Yemen on Friday killed Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was a leading figure in Al Qaeda’s affiliate there.”
Of course there have been outcries of how President Obama ignored the Constitutional liberties of an American citizen in ordering Awlaki’s death, and how any American can now be killed by the President if he claims they’re a terrorist, and how hypocritical Democrats are for pointing out the GOTP audience cheering the announcement of 234 people executed, or the cheering of a hypothetical patient allowed to die with no health insurance, but that no one is batting an eye about Awlaki’s death.
Oh please, this is not someone killed based on hearsay, or on bogus intel – like what was used by the Bush/Cheney administration to start the war in Iraq – he is a well documented terrorist thug who has killed Americans and would have continued to do so; and while I agree we should not celebrate anyone’s death, especially when Awlaki’s “reward” will not be what he had hoped for, he is one more threat removed and there will be few tears shed at his passing by me. I feel sorry for him, but not because he was taken out, because of how he chose to waste his life on murder and terror.
He chose to fight against his country and was killed as a combatant in the war he had chosen to conduct – while he may have been born here, by his actions he had shown he was not an American citizen, and had denounced his claim to be such, and his protection under the Constitution – if I was the C-in-C I would not place American soldier’s lives at risk to arrest him, I would have given the same order the President gave in 2009.