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  •  Terrorist attacks under Reagan were numerous & (10+ / 0-)

    ...resulted in loss of hundreds of lives.  

    Did the hypocritical and accident-prone McCain accuse himself of cover-ups when he continued to crash US warplanes repeatedly and somehow still managed to keep flying them?  Did he accuse St. Ronnie of cover-ups as the death tolls kept increasing at US Embassies, etc?  Of course not, because McCain is a bitter, partisan malcontent.  He ignored incidents like these because they happened under a republican president:  

    Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983: A suicide bomber in a pickup truck loaded with explosives rammed into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Sixty-three people were killed, including 17 Americans, eight of whom were employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, including chief Middle East analyst Robert C. Ames and station chief Kenneth Haas....

    The U.S. government took no military action in response...

    Bombing of Marine barracks in Beirut, Oct., 1983:

    A suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives at a U.S. Marine barracks located at Beirut International Airport; 241 U.S. Marines were killed and more than 100 others wounded...

    Four months after the Marine barracks bombing, U.S. Marines were ordered to start pulling out of Lebanon...

    Bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, Dec, 1983:  

    The American embassy in Kuwait was bombed in a series of attacks...Six people were killed, including a suicide truck bomber, and more than 80 others were injured...The U.S. military took no action in retaliation...

    CIA Station Chief William Buckley kidnapped, March, 1984: during the 10-year-long Lebanese hostage-taking crisis (1982-1992)...some, (hostages) including Buckley, died in captivity or were killed by their kidnappers...

    Bombing of U.S. Embassy annex northeast of Beirut, Sept. 1984:   ...a truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy annex killing 24 people, two of whom were U.S. military personnel...

    Hijacking of Kuwait Airways Flight 221, Dec. 84

    the hijackers killed two American officials...

    Etc, etc, etc.  

    Yet, none of the "journalists" seem knowledgeable enough/ or gutsy enough, to ask republicans like McCain, Graham, and chickenhawk Cruze why they don't question a republican President when US embassies are bombed, and when US citizens are killed during a republican Presidency, but they put the good of the country behind attempting to score political points, when the President is a Democrat.

    None of the pundits holds McCain's feet to the fire about his endangering national security--and the identities/ missions of CIA operatives in Libya--by demanding public details of "the US effort in Benghazi" which was at its heart a CIA operation.  

    If McCain and Graham actually gave a good damn about this country, they wouldn't be playing politics and yelling "cover-up".  They wouldn't be demanding publicly exposing the details of the covert CIA mission there.  

    They apparently don't care about State Department security, especially when it means actually funding it--they only seem to care about scoring points for republicans, whatever the cost to national security.


    •  Unfortunately (5+ / 0-)

      the lesson that McCain learned from Whitewater is that if Republicans breathlessly act as if a non-scandal is a scandal long enough, everyone starts treating it as if it was.

      Interestingly, I think that one difference between the Clinton years and today is that the Republicans are different, and McCain and Graham have been left behind. At least in the House, the Cantor/Ryan Republicans are less interested in helping the old school R's to put this albatross around the administration's neck. They're more interested in contorting the machinery of government further in favor of the very rich, so are too busy trying to game the rules to spend as much time fabricating a scandal.

      "Stare at the monster: remark/ How difficult it is to define just what/ Amounts to monstrosity in that/ Very ordinary appearance." - Ted Hughes

      by MarkC on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:50:05 AM PST

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