Wednesday 11/14/2012, USA Senator John McCain lamented to the press that no one had been given the facts regarding the attack in Benghazi, Libya. While he was whining, a closed session was going on in Congress that was giving the facts. These were undoubtedly facts that McCain has refused to listen to, along with new ones he’s not even aware of.
McCain is the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. There is no excuse for him to have missed that meeting. Of course McCain’s staff excused his lack of attendance due to a “scheduling error”. Republicans will easily accept this excuse, but this still does not change the fact that he screwed up. It is his job to attend these meetings. It is also his job, or at least his responsibility as a human, to apologize for his screw ups. McCain in his wisdom has decided that if it takes time away from railing against the President, his job and his responsibility are not that important.
When asked the obvious on Thursday, “Why didn’t you attend the meeting?” he angrily barked back, “I have no comment about my schedule, and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media.” Pressed on why he wouldn’t comment, McCain continued to rail, “I have the right as a senator to have no comment. And who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?” Fortunately for the rest of us, reporters don’t have to comment to the Senator either, especially on how they do their reporting.
According to an aide on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, only three out of eight Republican members of the committee attended the two hour briefing on Benghazi that ran from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It should now be very clear that they are not interested in learning the truth. By contrast, seven of the nine Democrat members were there.
McCain is now more irrelevant than ever. His tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee is coming to an end, and he is desperately seeking a new way to keep from becoming obsolete. His dying career might be salvaged if he can lead an inquiry into what Republicans have determined happened in Benghazi. His attempt to get a committee on this subject has gone nowhere.
Will McCain ever apologize for his intransigence and for not doing his job? Don’t hold your breath. Since his loss to Obama in 2008, McCain has turned into a mean spirited, spiteful, and bitter old man. We must never forget that he put Sarah Palin just an inch away from the nuclear button.
Few people still label McCain as a maverick. For most of us that label has grown old, along with the man. The sad ending to this saga is that people still admire McCain because of the time he spent as a POW in Vietnam 40 years ago. Then again some people still admire Hitler; because he made the trains run on time.