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BENGHAZI ATTACK & JOHN McCAIN.

Updated on November 5, 2012

Why is he making the four heroic Americans into victims?

Why Sen. John McCain and other Republicans in the United States Congress are trying so hard to make the Benghazi attack a political issue is beyond many people's understanding.

Some of them were in Congress, when the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 took place in 1988, but they did not think of questioning the then President Ronald Reagan of the timeline of downing a plane that killed 179 Americans.

Other attacks have taken place, the most recent being the 2001 WTC and the Pentagon attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. respectively; but President W. Bush was not called on the carpet to be interrogated in any way.

What Sen. McCain and his friends were doing was unprecedented, to hold President Barack Obama responsible for a purely terrorist attack that could have happened under any president.

"Sen. John McCain stepped up his request Saturday for the Obama administration to give a complete account of the fatal attacks last month on U.S. outposts in Libya," (FoxNews.com, 11/04/12).

The article continued by saying that they were, "urging the chamber’s top Republican and Democrat to create a special committee to investigate the matter." and that a letter has been sent to Sen. Harry Reid, Majority leader in the Senate and Minority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, "to investigate events that led to the murders and the administration’s response to the attacks."

Of course the type of news that came out on 9/11, 2012, that four American diplomats have been killed in a terror attack, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was shocking and heart wrenching, and the country's sympathies went to them and their families.

Yet, turning it into a political issue, due to the fact that it was an election year, made their intentions suspicious, as they being Republicans were using such an atrocious attack as a tool to target the president's campaign, and that was unjustifiable.

The intelligence community and the U.S. State Department had described the attack as "spontaneous", when it occurred simultaneously with demonstrations against an anti-Mohammad film or movie going on around the world.

Though, President Obama has vowed to pursue the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and that should be what the Senators should also concentrate on.

Besides, describing it as a terror attack or part of a demonstration, what difference would that make? Four Americans have been murdered, and those responsible for their death should be sought out and dealt with accordingly.

To drag the issue into the political arena would not benefit the country, as it would only create havoc and commotion on mainland U.S.; and probably that was what the killers wanted to happen, when there was a presidential election here in the U.S.

Impatience was what the decision of Sen. McCain and friends implied; and many people thought that their aim was to impact the 2012 presidential election one way or another, for reasons best known to themselves.

They should not politicize the Benghazi attack and trivialize it; as that would make the four American diplomats, who died in the line of duty, unimportant.

The president praised their patriotism and bravery, in the face of a ruthless and undeserved attack on a day, when the U.S. was extending a friendly hand to the people of Libya, by opening a community center in Benghazi.

In his speech on September 25th., 2012, to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama made it clear that the U.S. would respond in kind to any such barbarous attack, and that the four diplomats had represented their country with great distinction.

That should be the best and honorable tribute that their fellow citizens could pay to their memory.

From any perspective, the Senators attacking the Obama administration would be counter productive. In other words, Sen. McCain and friends were stuck on a "cover up" accusation by the Obama administration, when they knew that there were other security aspects to such an incident, and the only way to deal with it was through a thorough investigation or even more than one or several investigations to arrive at the proper conclusion.

In fact, part of their job as Senators was to help the government in that respect, and not just to be critical at all times. The Benghazi attack was one of such circumstances in which they could assist the administration to get to the bottom of the matter, by working closely with the White House, for the sake of national interest. Playing politics did not offer the kind of assistance needed; and that could turn their effort into an adverse witch-hunt instead. They (Senators) were making the four heroic Americans that lost their lives in the Benghazi attack into victims.

If bipartisanship was to be achieved in Washington, D.C., their attitude, which many saw as negative, was not the right approach.

It could only be deemed as an election year ploy to get Mitt Romney, the Republican Party candidate for the 2012 presidential election against President Barack Obama, elected.

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    • peanutroaster profile image

      peanutroaster 

      5 years ago from New England

      Mc Cain is fighting windmills. He has about 50 questions but never stops to listen to the answers. Bottom line is he wants Kerry to become Sec. of State so he can try to get Scott Brown back into the Senate.

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      owurakwasip 

      5 years ago

      Hi MG Singh,

      Obama and other civil world leaders are ready for Islamist intransigence and terrorists acts.

      For the sake of world peace; and with U.N. mandate, they will force Iran and Syria, and any other country that will not "toe the line" to be marginalized and isolated.

      The world will be a better place without Islam.

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      MG Singh 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Well written post, but the fact remains McCain or Obama are missing the wood for the trees. The US shorted sighted policy of backing NATO to remove Gaddafi is bearing fruit. Gaddafi was one man who kept extremists at bay. He was the first to issue a arrest warrant for Osama. What did the USA gain? More Islamic terror attacks will follow.

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