Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin prepares to speak during a campaign rally for U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) as Todd Palin (C) looks on at Dobson High School in Mesa, Arizona March 27, 2010. McCain who is seeking a fift
But John McCain wants us to believe Susan Rice is dangerously incompetent for accurately delivering CIA talking points?
Sen. John McCain has been on a rage bender against United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, claiming her comments five days after the killings in Benghazi were totally outrageous and irresponsible and how dare she.

Here's what Rice said:

...we'll want to see the results of that investigation to draw any definitive conclusions. But based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy—


SUSAN RICE: —sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that—in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.

And here's what the CIA's talking points for Rice said:
"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.
Kinda similar, no? So basically John McCain's entire hissy fit about how Susan Rice is not fit for office and he's going to filibuster her because Americans died and it's somehow her fault is because five days later she competently delivered CIA talking points. Of course, we all know it's really because he's still bitter he got trounced in 2008.

(Via The Maddow Blog)

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:53 AM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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