McCain: “Veterans are upset” with Obama admin’s handling of Benghazi attack

posted at 12:01 pm on November 5, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama has always been careful not to neglect veterans in his bid for reelection, often including them among the groups — along with students, seniors, etcetera — to which he makes pointed appeals. While the Democrats have made much ado about Obama’s veterans’ jobs bill as another case of “Republican obstruction” and gridlock, the major fly in that ointment is that President Obama’s shortcomings as an actual commander-in-chief are all too glaringly obvious, especially in the aftermath of the tragic security failure in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

Making the rounds of news shows on Monday morning, Arizona senator, veteran, and erstwhile GOP presidential candidate John McCain spoke to how the Benghazi disaster is playing among the military and veteran community. When asked about a new advertisement from 500 retired top military officers in support of Mitt Romney, McCain made the larger point that the roller-coaster-ride of damning revelations about the administration’s response to repeated security concerns has done nothing to allay that community’s fears that President Obama is an incompetent leader, at best, via CNN:

“I’ve been traveling all over the country and veterans are angry. They’re angry; they’re upset; they don’t trust Barack Obama. There’s 1.6 million of them in Florida, for example. I think they could have an impact on this election,” said McCain appearing on CNN’s Starting Point Monday.

While conceding the focus of this election is jobs and the economy, McCain said “I’ve never seen veterans as upset and as angry as they are over Benghazi.” …

“This cover up is worst that I’ve ever seen, either incompetence or cover up. There was no demonstration,” he said. …

“There was no demonstration there,” McCain repeated. “There was no hateful video and the Libyans called it right away and everybody knows it.”

While it may be true that the Benghazi debacle isn’t having much of an effect in the minds of average low-information voters when compared to issue of the economy, the Obama administration’s attempts to sweep this foreign-policy failure under the rug is of particular import to veterans, who especially want to be certain that the president of the United States is not in the business of putting politics above American interests and lives. In the wake of the 9/11/12 attack, the Obama administration has conspicuously declined to put up much of a defense (other than that stupid “video” excuse) against the charge that the president put protecting his “I’ve decimated al Qaeda” narrative in front of national security — ergo, it’s looks suspiciously like they don’t actually have a good defense against that charge.


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Captain Amnesty is correct. Oblama does not care.

dogsoldier on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Veterans?

Heck, any red-blooded Americans with two brain cells to rub together are outraged.

Sir Napsalot on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

We’re all POWs Johnny Mac.

OkieDoc on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

In the wake of the 9/11/12 attack, the Obama administration has conspicuously declined to put up much of a defense (other than that stupid “video” excuse) against the charge that the president put protecting his “I’ve decimated al Qaeda” narrative in front of national security — ergo, it’s looks suspiciously like they don’t actually have a good defense against that charge.

Sure they do. They need to wait for the investigation to be completed first before they’ll comment. Just don’t ask them when the investigation will be through, who’s in charge of it, or what it’s revealed thus far.

Doughboy on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

This veteran is tired of you jumping on a hot issue with your face and name on the news so you can remain relevant.

When does he run again. He needs to be primaried.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

But John, I thought we had nothing to fear from an obozo Presidency.

Flange on November 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Complaining on TV does nothing.

tetriskid on November 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

“I’ve been traveling all over the country and veterans are angry. They’re angry; they’re upset; they don’t trust Barack Obama. There’s 1.6 million of them in Florida, for example. I think they could have an impact on this election,” said McCain appearing on CNN’s Starting Point Monday.

While conceding the focus of this election is jobs and the economy, McCain said “I’ve never seen veterans as upset and as angry as they are over Benghazi.” …

“This cover up is worst that I’ve ever seen, either incompetence or cover up. There was no demonstration,” he said. …

“There was no demonstration there,” McCain repeated. “There was no hateful video and the Libyans called it right away and everybody knows it.”

Sen John McCain

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If anyone else had been the 2008 Republican nominee . . . . .

Yeah, I know. Hind-sight’s 20/20.

listens2glenn on November 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Way Way Way OT,

I like today’s posts. But it’s like we are just waiting for Tuesday night. Until 6:00 PM EST on Tuesday we won’t be getting the good stuff.

Oil Can on November 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

This isn’t as much an Obama cover up, as it is a Media Cover up.

Obama doesn’t need to ask for cover. The media was there asking “How can we help, Mr. President?”

portlandon on November 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

President Obama has always been careful not to neglect veterans in his bid for reelection, often including them among the groups — along with students, seniors, etcetera — to which he makes pointed appeals.

Yet that hasn’t stopped him from gutting the military.

Happy Nomad on November 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

what all this talk about this Benghazi thing?

that happened like months ago…. Its not in the news anymore…..

FlaMurph on November 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Maybe you should call for the man’s impeachment then, Mac Daddy.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

A few bumps in the road are not optimal.

John the Libertarian on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

We’re all POWs Johnny Mac.

OkieDoc on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

But at least we’ll have full use of our thumbs Tuesday: Thumbs down.

apostic on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

On topic:

I don’t know if this has been covered by HotAir yet, but 500 retired generals and admirals have come out in support of Romney

UltimateBob on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

OT: If you got to foxnews.com you can see a pic of Rombo preparing to eat a baby.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Didn’t McCain vote for Obama in 2008?

albill on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

MSM wants to know…who is Ben Ghazi??

right2bright on November 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Not to mention spending blood and treasure in afghanistan with no clear mission while we dither until the exit date. How bout a potus who is perfectly happy to let sequestration happen and ties soldiers hands with political correctness. Or one who doesnt listen to his commanders on the ground or is more worried about the enemies feelings than the troops he commands? So many reasons not to trust him.

ldbgcoleman on November 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Hey what about those pesky military votes obama and his ilk would like to ignore?

ldbgcoleman on November 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Oh the irony. Speaking for veterans from the position of moral authority one gains by colluding with the enemy in Vietnam.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Can someone get the Valerie Jarrett “HE’LL TO PAY” quote

Devastating

PappyD61 on November 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

On topic:

I don’t know if this has been covered by HotAir yet, but 500 retired generals and admirals have come out in support of Romney

UltimateBob on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This is pretty damning of Dear Leader’s leadership…

d1carter on November 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Maybe you should call for the man’s impeachment then, Mac Daddy.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

This should be zero’s send-off. Let there be no mistake.

freedomfirst on November 5, 2012 at 12:23 PM

“Office of the President-Unelected”

BobMbx on November 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

At least he didn’t mention Obooba’s middle name.

Akzed on November 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM

OT: If you got to foxnews.com you can see a pic of Rombo preparing to eat a baby.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I’d rather see a photoshop of Big Bird trussed up and cooked like a turkey, on the Governor’s Tx table.

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

OT: If you got to foxnews.com you can see a pic of Rombo preparing to eat a baby.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Heh.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

What’s amazing to me is how the media was just seething with hatred towards Bush for everything. The guy couldn’t cut brush on his ranch without the spittle flying out of their mouths about how he should be WORKING(!!!!!!!! Eleventy!!!!)

With Obozo, it’s one massive cover up after the next, yet the media just sits there quietly as if they are a golden retriever being pat on the head and told “good girl”.

The contrast is quite stark.

KMC1 on November 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Maybe you should call for the man’s impeachment then, Mac Daddy.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:14 PM

That will be taken care of tomorrow.

VegasRick on November 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Who is the slimehole spewing that it’s not going to effect the election. These scumballs could find a veteran if one bit him in the @ss.

I loathe these people!

D-fusit on November 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

On topic:

I don’t know if this has been covered by HotAir yet, but 500 retired generals and admirals have come out in support of Romney

UltimateBob on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

The Blaze has a graphic of the Washington Times’ ad: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/500-former-generals-admirals-announce-support-for-romney-in-powerful-full-page-ad/

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

And McCain thinks that Obama gives a rat’s a** what veterans think?

clippermiami on November 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

High crime and misdeameanor.

Impeachable.

If this doesn’t get a man impeached, then what will?

ted c on November 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

If he’s reelected, impeach him with malice

ted c on November 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Can someone get the Valerie Jarrett “HE’LL TO PAY” quote

Devastating

PappyD61 on November 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”

http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/11/01/valerie-jarret-after-we-win-this-election-its-our-turn-payback-time-wsi/

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Oh the irony. Speaking for veterans from the position of moral authority one gains by colluding with the enemy in Vietnam.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

either your ignorant or well ignorant. McCain was a POW. that is not colluding with the enemy. he was held and tortured by the enemy. you are a disgusting excuse for a human being.

katee bayer on November 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Obama has been careful not to neglect veterans!?! Did I miss the sarcasm tag? Most definitely neglected, abused and shat upon. Even the Missus is in on the act.

tuffy on November 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Gee…sounds an awful lot like the American people DO care about Benghazi.

On the other hand, Obama has made it clear, in a myriad of ways, that he has no regard for veterans. Due to his bloating of the agencies buerocracies with unqualified and inefficient employees, there is a backlog in VA disability claims of over 800,000 cases. Veterans are waiting upwards of two years to have their claims granted and get the benefits that they’ve earned for themselves and their families, and on many occasions, they’ve been denied twice as a matter of routine procedure, before finally having their claim granted on appeal. This is shameful. These veterans have served this nation faithfully and deserve the benefits they contracted to receive when they enlisted delivered in a timely way.

ObamaCare is a glaring example. He cuts $716 BILLION from Medicare to pay for his expansion of Medicaid to cover ‘preventative care’ and ‘reproductive care’ for 30 million healthy, working age adults. The VA health care programs are the sister program of Medicare. In fact, they are so closely related that the same claim forms are used for Medicare as are used for programs like CHAMPVA. CHAMPVA is the program that provides health care for the surviving spouses and children of those lost in service and those who are 100% service connected disabled. When reimbursements are cut, or Medicare is threatened, as it is now, some health care providers begin to drop Medicare patients and CHAMPVA patients from their practices, and many more refuse to accept new patients on these programs.

This administration has already suggested that TRICARE be cut and that those on that program, military retirees and their families, pay higher copays and deductibles. It has also been suggested that those eligible for TRICARE should wait until age 60 before these benefits begin. IF a person joins the military at age 21 and serves for 30 years, that individual would be 51 years old when they retired. This leaves a gap of coverage for them and their family of 9 years, and I might add, at the age that most people begin to actually need medical care and management the most.

We have a VOLUNTEER military. If those who wish to join the military and serve this nation believe that the benefits they’ve been contracted to receive when they enlisted may not be there when they most need them, and their families may not be provided for as contracted, why should they risk their lives and the security of their families to serve?

A good executive, head of the executive branch of the federal government and Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces, would see that our veterans and their families get the care the contracted to receive, and that our military continued to attract well qualified personnel, thus insuring that our military remains the finest in the world.

thatsafactjack on November 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM

When does he run again. He needs to be primaried.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

He was in 2010, I think.

He won and was re-elected.

I can’t stand the guy, but until he either leaves voluntarily or dies – he’s going to remain a fixture.

What’s sad is when he comes out next year and starts talking smack about President Romney so he can get his mug back in the news as teh ‘Maverick’.

catmman on November 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

What’s sad is when he comes out next year and starts talking smack about President Romney so he can get his mug back in the news as teh ‘Maverick’.

catmman on November 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I fully expect that to happen.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

I am too damn disgusted to comment without risking the banhammer.
I loathe these people!

D-fusit on November 5, 2012 at 12:42 PM

OT: If you got to foxnews.com you can see a pic of Rombo preparing to eat a baby.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

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Come to Papa, baby !

FlaMurph on November 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Thanks to Brett Baier for being a real journalist and keeping this issue on the front pages where it belongs. Shame on those who haven’t or buried what they did have in the back pages.

scalleywag on November 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

They raised the Tricare fees for Prime enrollees, another $120 a year.

Tricare is also toying with dropping retirees from Prime in Tricare Western zone if you don’t live within 100 miles of a military treatment facilitiy. ( I think its 100 miles, might be less can’t remember off the top of my head)

Not to mention a Soros funded ‘think tank’ advising to slash veteran and military benefits.

Obama and the Democrat Party don’t give two shites about the military or veterans contrary to their high-minded rhetoric…

catmman on November 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

katee bayer on November 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Good response.

My disgust with McCain as a politician in no way reflects my respect for his military service.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Come to Papa, baby !

FlaMurph on November 5, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It seems I was mistaken about the photo. Romney is not preparing to eat that baby, rather he is trying to wring money from it.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 12:49 PM

McCain seems to be showing more fight this year against Obama than he did when he was actually running against him! Better late than never . . .

Progressive Heretic on November 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Thanks to Brett Baier for being a real journalist and keeping this issue on the front pages where it belongs. Shame on those who haven’t or buried what they did have in the back pages.

scalleywag on November 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

special@foxnews.com

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

McCain,

You enabled the Democrats to often, you kept them alive over the years, then when you had the info on Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, and Obama’s unAmerican commie thug back ground.

crickets from you

You gave U.S. this horror, you and the do nothing RNC and the cowards in the leadership in the House and Senate.

Now we have to do it ourselves.

To little to late. Just like these Generals ect who put out on line letters now that the country is in a f’n mess.

Go Home, sell your wifes beer.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

This isn’t as much an Obama cover up, as it is a Media Cover up.

Obama doesn’t need to ask for cover. The media was there asking “How can we help, Mr. President?”

portlandon on November 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I turned to Moaning Joe just as McCain was concluding with its group. The last question came from Barnicle, and Barnicle asked McCain how McCain thought the media was handling the Benghazi situation.

I was incredulous. I expected McCain to ream the media like a pitbull. Instead, it was as if he rolled over for a doggy biscuit. I couldn’t believe it. What a POS. Barnicle lobbed McCain a beachball, and McCain just sat there with his bat on his shoulder.

BuckeyeSam on November 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

This from the man most directly responsible for Odumbo winning the WH

skanter on November 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

McCain,

You enabled the Democrats to often, you kept them alive over the years, then when you had the info on Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, and Obama’s unAmerican commie thug back ground.

crickets from you

You gave U.S. this horror, you and the do nothing RNC and the cowards in the leadership in the House and Senate.

Now we have to do it ourselves.

To little to late. Just like these Generals ect who put out on line letters now that the country is in a f’n mess.

Go Home, sell your wifes beer.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 5, 2012 at 12:58 PM

And you let your campaign staff run you instead of your assuming
leadership. I and others have not forgotten all the times you
left Sarah Palin swinging in the wind, waiting for you to publicly
dispute the negative comments and lies coming forth from your own
campaign staff.

Too little, too late Charley.

Amjean on November 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Now irrelevant old man gets real tough on “good man” Obama over four years too late.

farsighted on November 5, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Another thought re McCain:

My opinion is that McCain, as an opportunist, seizes the momentum
building from the conservative blogs, their commentators and posters who are enraged about Bengahzi, Fox News, leaks from the CIA and other military sources, etc. and jumps on the bandwagon, sitting up front, in an attempt to make himself appear relevant.

Amjean on November 5, 2012 at 1:26 PM

John, I don’t care if you stay in politics, but please don’t go on these shows anymore. You are not the pitbull you think you are.

SailorMark on November 5, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Well, Treason and Betrayal has a way of making Vets Mad. You can’t abandon men in a fire fight and expect the Vets no to scream, “Bloody Murder”. You can’t arm the enemy, in this case Al-Qaeda, and not expect everyone, who love this country and those defending her, not to go Ape Shiite!
Addendum on the fight against the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 5, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Good response.

My disgust with McCain as a politician in no way reflects my respect for his military service.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Perfect.

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Late release. May the media suffocate, pronto.

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Worthwhile reading for the day before the presidential election:

Romney for President
The Obama record is unimpressive.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/332484/mitt-romney-president-editors

AdrianS on November 5, 2012 at 2:08 PM

either your ignorant or well ignorant. McCain was a POW. that is not colluding with the enemy. he was held and tortured by the enemy. you are a disgusting excuse for a human being.

katee bayer on November 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

If you had done any research you would know what his fellow inmates reported about him. You would know that despite his resources and supposedly unimpeachable morality he hasn’t filed suit against them. You would know what he did as a member of the Armed Services Committee to curtail finding MIA personnel after the war.

But you haven’t done any research.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

blink on November 5, 2012 at 2:27 PM

1. People in prison are inmates.
2. Google is your friend.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Why don’t you want to write it here?

blink on November 5, 2012 at 2:47 PM

You’d probably have more faith in your own research. Plus, it would be good for you to learn some things for yourself.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

This veteran is tired of you jumping on a hot issue with your face and name on the news so you can remain relevant.

When does he run again. He needs to be primaried.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

This veteran is tired of irrational McCain-bashing.

You have no idea what his motives are for his consistent & eloquent opposition to Obama’s follies.

He is relevant because he’s a duly elected US Senator.

He was primaried 2 yrs ago, & we in AZ had the good sense to re-elect him.

itsnotaboutme on November 5, 2012 at 3:14 PM

FWIW:

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama and one of his closest friends, who was recently addressi?

From the Desk of:
Mat Staver

M.,

Conservative blogs are literally on fire over alleged comments made by Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama and one of his closest friends, who was recently addressing other Obama senior staffers…

“After we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. 
Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve.”

Jarrett, who is considered the single-most influential person in Obama’s White House, says of her relationship with the President that the two think alike. “We have kind of a mind meld… what he wants to do is what I’d want to do.”

Jarrett’s alarming rant continued…

“There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.”

M., Valerie Jarrett’s comments are a chilling forecast of things to come for conservatives and people of faith if Obama is given another four years in the White House!

at

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121105000209AAMgU8I

flicker on November 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

This veteran is tired of you jumping on a hot issue with your face and name on the news so you can remain relevant.

When does he run again. He needs to be primaried.

davidk on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

But John, I thought we had nothing to fear from an obozo Presidency.

Flange on November 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

…thanks you 2…I don’t need to comment now!

KOOLAID2 on November 5, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Veterans?

Heck, any red-blooded Americans with two brain cells to rub together are outraged.

Sir Napsalot on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

This isn’t as much an Obama cover up, as it is a Media Cover up.

portlandon on November 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Saw this this morning totally by accident.

Kudos to McCain for being on this show at 6 am his time when he knew he wasn’t going to be listened to.

In fairness to McCain, he is emphasizing the shamefulness of this administration in its handling of this event. The death of 4 Americans does not make it more important than Hurricane Sandy, which has killed in the neighborhood of 100. But the gutlessness of our unprepared President has huge ramifications for our Armed Forces and their willingness to go into harms’ way.

When the political hack obfuscated with the jobs bill, McCain ended the interview.

Good for him.

rwenger43 on November 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM

You’d probably have more faith in your own research. Plus, it would be good for you to learn some things for yourself.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

So, you’re a bit leery of hooking your ‘name’ to unproven trash-talking.

I would think that someone of integrity would just go ahead and post what he thinks he knows about something.
But, you want to play cute little games.
Either post what you’re trying to gossip about by innuendo, or just STFU.

Solaratov on November 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM