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McCain accuses Obama administration of not “telling the truth” on Benghazi attacks

Updated Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 | 11:23 a.m.

U.S. Sen. John McCain today accused the Obama administration of not telling Americans the truth in the wake of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi earlier this month.

The attack, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed, was initially described as simply the result of angry demonstration against an anti-Muslim YouTube video.

The Obama administration, however, is now describing it as a “terrorist attack,” as details emerged indicating the attack may not have been completely spontaneous.

In an interview for To the Point, McCain unleashed on the Obama administration for its initial characterization of the attack.

“They obviously didn’t tell the American people the truth,” McCain said. “The Secretary of State and our U.N. ambassador went on national television saying that it was a quote spontaneous attack. That was an insult the intelligence of every veteran in America and anybody who knows anything about warfare. You don’t come to spontaneous demonstrations with heavy weapons, mortars and rocket propelled grenades.”

McCain also blamed the administration for the conditions leading up to the attack, saying he holds the Obama administration responsible.

“What they wanted to do was divert attention from the fact that al-Qaida is still doing very well despite the fact bin Laden has been taken out,” McCain said. “It’s disgraceful what they are saying and the fact is this was a terrorist attack, which they finally admitted.

“There are serious questions about security around the consulate in Benghazi and the actions that took place in this crisis. It is a disaster and they are responsible for it.”

McCain’s full interview will air at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Channel 3.

The Obama administration has launched an investigation into the attacks.

In testimony on Capitol Hill earlier this week, Matt Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, described it as an "opportunistic attack" that "evolved and escalated" over several hours.

"What we don't have at this point is specific intelligence that there was a significant advanced planning or coordination for this attack," Olsen said. "Again, we're still developing facts and still looking for any indications of substantial advanced planning; we just haven't seen that at this point."

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  1. What pure hypocrisy!

    Where was McCain when the Bush-Cheney Administration lied to us about the WMD's in Iraq?

    I watched the UN Security Meeting on C-SPAN where Hans Blix was giving testimony on the final results of the inspectors efforts to uncover WMD's and more in Iraq. Nothing found, nor capability to make them, not even a connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda. The final written report was to be published in 30 days.

    Did the Bush-Cheney Administration own up to the truth? No, instead they invaded Iraq 2 weeks before the final report was to be published. Followed by the height of political back patting and theatrical drama on the aircraft carrier.

    There was nothing in the media about this meeting. I did an extensive Google search and came up empty.

    This was a travesty of justice! The media was complicit in it's lack of coverage, or suppressed, news of this critically important UN Security meeting.

    Now, comes a complaint from McCain that Obama didn't 'shoot from the hip and aim later' when there was no immediate hard evidence of facts of terrorist involvement.

    There was alot going on, aided by Romney's traitorous interference at the initial and unfolding critical point of the events for personal political gain, proving again his incompetence to be a responsible leader. His egotistical lack of wisdom is astounding.

    I assumed that Al Qaeda was behind the murders and riots in Libya, and riots elsewhere, because of the date being 9/11, and the fact that the Administration approved the targeting and deaths of 2 powerful leaders in Al Qaeda leaders recently. The videos had been available for months and could have been part of the planning of attacks.

    Fortunately, the Obama Administration needs more than my assumptions before they act.

    We learned there are other extremist groups, not only Al Qaeda involved.

    McCain is conveniently using this horrible situation to further the power goals of the desperate Republican Party. It makes whatever he says now is highly suspect and does a disservice to our nation and diplomatic corp, as well as foreign policy.

  2. John McCain has lost much credibility by lying when on Face the Nation last week. McCain no longer has the support from fellow Republicans to move any measures through the Senate. And now with this charge against the President, WOW! My friends, the Republican Party is off the rails, not one reasonable person in the party today.

    Ronald Reagan would not be welcomed in today's party. Has anyone wondered why Nancy Reagan has remained silent all these years??