Arizonans need to demand the resignation of Sen. John McCain

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Arizonans need to demand the resignation of Sen. John McCain. He has embarrassed us long enough. As I posted the other day, Arizonans to John McCain: 'In the name of God, go!'

Arizona's angry old man, still embittered by his loss to Barack Obama, actually said that the attack on the American consulate office in Benghazi Libya, where four Americans were killed, is “the worst national security
failure of my lifetime
.” McCain has completely lost his mind if he believes that. He no longer possesses the mental faculties necessary to be competent to continue to serve in office.

His lifetime? There have been many intelligence failures during his lifetime. To name just a few, the Cuban missile crisis, the Vietnam War (you'd think he would remember that one since he was a guest in the Hanoi Hilton), the Iranian embassy hostage crisis, Iran-Contra, the Marine barracks terrorist bombing and CIA terrorist bombing in Beirut, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the war in Iraq — for which McCain was a cheerleader.

According to Sen. McCain, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice restating a CIA briefing on Face The Nation shortly after the Benghazi attacks based on the intelligence available at that time, GOP Rep. Peter King Admits CIA Approved U.N. Ambassador's Talking Points On Libya, that she somehow was "lying" to the American people. McCain asserts this is a cover-up worse than Watergate.  McCain: Obama Response To Libya Attack Is Worse Than Watergate.

Seriously? A classified briefing was held this week for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which McCain is a member, but Grampy McCrankypants was too busy working his base, the Beltway media villagers, to complain that he is not getting enough information to actually attend that classified briefing, McCain Skipped A Briefing On Benghazi To Hold A Press Conference, where he would have gotten the information he claims he has not received. Most Republicans skipped the classified briefing, and John McCain threw a tantrum when a CNN reporter called him on it.

Think Progress has The Ultimate Guide To McCain's Smear Campaign Against Susan Rice.

McCain doesn't give a damn about what actually happened in Benghazi. What this is really all about is Sen. McCain trying to remain relevant. He is about to be termed out of his Senate Armed Services Committee position. And thanks to Willard "Mittens" Romney losing the election, this Neocon war monger no longer can look forward to his "four more wars!" that he advocated for at the GOP convention.

So McCain is advocating for a Watergate-style committee that would allow him to cochair a committee to engage in scandal mongering, much like what Darrell Issa does in the House — that revealed classified information in his haste to politicize Benghazi earlier, the real scandal — to try to embarrass the Obama administration out of ill will and spite, and his bitterness over losing to Obama. John McCain's Benghazi Committee Plan Would Give Senator New Relevance.

Not even McCain's BFF Joe Lieberman, the committee chairman, believes there is any grounds for such a special committee. Politico reported
that Sen. Susan Collins also did not see the need for a special
committee on Benghazi and even seemed to take a shot at McCain for his
absence during the briefing:

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the top Republican on the Homeland
Security and Government Affairs Committee, backed up her chairman,
Lieberman, and dinged McCain, a member of the panel, for missing
Wednesday’s nearly two-hour briefing in the Capitol.

* * *

“I do not see the benefit of creating a brand new committee when we
already have the Senate’s chief oversight committee, plus the
Intelligence Committee, examining this very important matter.”

All McCain has left is his pathetic base, the Beltway media villagers ("If it's Sunday, it's John McCain") who still hang on his every word despite the fact that this old fool has been wrong about every major foreign policy issue during his time in Washington. it's a wonder why anyone gives a damn what John McCain thinks about anything.

Anderson Cooper pointed out in this "Keeping Them Honest" piece the other day just how disengenuous John McCain is when it comes to his double standard for Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

Despite being a "Kremlinologist" i.e., a Soviet specialist, Condoleeza Rice has admitted "I never dreamed I would be the Soviet specialist in the White House at
the end of the Cold War, because I never dreamed there was going to be
an end to the Cold War
," Rice said. "If you really do talk to people
honestly, no one really thought there was going to be an end to the Cold
War
." Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice speaks at Bush School on significance of Cold War's end.

Plenty of analysts outside of the "cold warrior" group think foresaw that the Soviet Union's economy was unsustainable. There was also a humiliating defeat of the vaunted Soviet military and withdrawal from Afghanistan, and political reforms initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev that signaled an end to the Cold War.

The 9/11 attacks were inconceivable to Condoleeza Rice as well, despite the history of Kamikaze attacks in World War II, and terrorist plots reported in the 1990s. "I don't think anybody could have predicted that they would try to use
an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile
," said
national security adviser Condoleeza Rice on May 16, 2002. 9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable – CBS News.

"All that I can tell you is that it was not in the Aug. 6 memo — using
planes as a weapon. And I do not remember any reports to us, a kind of
strategic warning that planes might be used as a weapon. In fact, there
were some reports done in '98 and '99
. I think I was — I was certainly
not aware of them at the time that I spoke
. . . ." Excerpts From Rice's Testimony Before Commission Investigating Sept. 11.

Condoleeza Rice was the head cheerleader for the false claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including a nuclear weapon, to justify the invasion of iraq. Condoleeza Rice said on a Sunday television show in 2002,
We know that he [Saddam Hussein] has the infrastructure, nuclear
scientists to make a nuclear weapon. The problem here is that there will
always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear
weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud
.” Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kerssler, a biographer of Condoleeza Rice.

No weapons of mass destruction, let alone nuclear weapons, were ever found.

In the most generous light, Condoleeza Rice was caught unaware  or was wrong about every major event in her professional career as a security analyst. In a less generous light, she knowingly mislead the American public using false intelligence to support the invasion of Iraq.  Despite her incompetence and wilfull deceit, a Republican controlled Senate confirmed Condoleeza Rice as Secretary of State by a vote of 85 to 13, which were the most negative votes cast for a secretary of state in 180 years.

John McCain defended Rice as a "great American success story." As he says at the end of the video above,  "I thought some of the remarks aimed at her by my colleagues… challenged her integrity. .. I see this as some lingering bitterness over a tough campaign and I hope this dissipates soon."

Better take a hard look in the mirror, old man.

UPDATE: CBS News has obtained the CIA talking points given to Rice in preparation of her interview.

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan says the talking points,
which were also given to members of the House intelligence committee,
make no reference to terrorism being a likely factor in the assault,
which left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
[…]

The CIA's talking points read as follows: "The currently available
information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were
spontaneously inspired by the protests at the US Embassy in Cairo and
evolved into a direct assault against the US diplomatic post in Benghazi
and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists
participated in the violent demonstrations."

In other words, what Susan Rice said is, almost word for word, exactly what the the intelligence
community believed as of the time of her interview.

John McCain owes Susan Rice and all Americans an apology for his unhinged and outrageous conduct.

0 responses to “Arizonans need to demand the resignation of Sen. John McCain

  1. The “optional” statement for federal candidates http://www.azsos.gov/Election/2002/info/Candidates_and_Political_Committees/#Optional_Statement provides:

    Optional Statement on Recall (Federal Candidates Only)

    Prior to a Primary or other election, candidates for the office of United States Senator or Representative in Congress have the option of filing with the Secretary of State a statement addressed to the people of the state agreeing to resign if not re-elected on a recall vote. The Secretary of State shall give the statement to the public press. A.R.S. § 19-221.

    A.R.S. Sec. 19-221. Statement on recall

    A. Prior to a primary or any election, a candidate for the office of United States senator, or representative in Congress, may file with the secretary of state a statement addressed to the people as follows:

    “If elected to the office (here name the office) I shall deem myself responsible to the people and under obligation to them to resign immediately if not re-elected on a recall vote”, or: “If elected to the office (here name the office) I shall not deem myself under obligation to the people to resign if not re-elected by a recall vote.”

    B. The secretary of state shall give the statement to the public press when made.

    This “feel good” provision is unenforceable at law, even if a federal candidate has signed the statement. The U.S. Constitution does not provide for the recall of federal officers, as the courts have held. Recall of U.S. senators is a waste of time, effort and money.

    Publicly shaming McCain into resignation — admittedly not a good option — is the only option we have before his term expires in 2016. Arizonans need to make clear to McCain’s base, the feckless McMedia who fawn over him, that this man has no credibility and he does not enjoy the support of his constituents whom he poorly serves with his personal vendettas against the man who soundly defeated him.

  2. John McCain should resign before he loses the very little respect people might have for him after this latest – politicizing an attack on our embassy. Prior Admin by the way, had many more attacks on US embassies than Obama. He thinks he’s entitled to be the only voice on military affairs. He thinks he’s the only one who has fought for this country. He is delusional in my opinion for suggesting that he is trying to get to the truth, and he is trying to spin Bengazi to suggest the Administration is to blame whenever we get attacked somewhere. And, again, the facts (as he himself likes to put it) do not support that at all.

  3. US Senator from Arizona Jon Kyl had a recall petition filed against him on December 21, 2010. US Senator from Arizona John McCain has had a recall petition filed against him June 4, 2001, June 7, 2001, June 18, 2008 and December 21, 2010 (and for all I know I may have missed one or two).

    http://www.azsos.gov/election/2002/General/Initiatives.htm
    http://www.azsos.gov/election/2008/General/Initiatives.htm

    Arizona candidates for federal office are offered an optional form that may be filed stating their voluntary compliance with Arizona’s recall provisions. I don’t know which current federal elected officials or officials to be have stated that they will comply although I recall seeing a SOS press release on the topic when I ran for US House in 2008.

    http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Constitutional_provisions_governing_recall_in_Arizona#ARIZONA_ARTICLE_2._MEMBERS_OF_CONGRESS

  4. Not sure if you can recall someone from a federal office. But if it can be done, you make a good point.

  5. Per the title of this post Arizonans may “need” to demand the resignation of John McCain but aparently nobody in Arizona has the drive to put in the time to file the simple one page form that might legally (eventually in enough signatures were collected) result in him being removed from office.

    http://www.azsos.gov/election/2012/General/Initiatives.htm

    Until the first step is taken the last step can never completed. I thought John McCain was a very poor choice for President in 2008 which is why he didn’t earn my vote then (or ever).

  6. I agree, but it really is irrelevant in McCain’s case. The guy always has been a pea brain. He was last or close to last in his class at Naval Academy. Yes, he was a war hero and, yes, his actions while in the Hanoi prison were heroic, but that didn’t change him from stupid to smart. He’s made moronic remarks throughout his whole career, but the media was kind to him for years.

    OK, I’ll give you this. He does seem to be angrier, dumber and crazier in the last few years. But he’s always been a moron. We all shuttered at the prospect of Sarah Palin being a heartbeat from the presidency. Well, try considering that if McCain had won, he’d still be President now. We’d have deranged moron dealing with the fiscal cliff and other issues.

  7. There should be upper-end age limits for Congress. I know that I am a bit more… well… forgetful than I used to be, and I’m not anywhere near as old as McCain is. He’s 76– too old to be serving the US and AZ in such a demanding and important job.