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McCain: Obama Trying to Push Blame for Libya on Clinton

Monday, 22 Oct 2012 07:15 PM

By Stephen Feller

Whether or not the CIA continued to report to President Barack Obama that the attack on a U.S. embassy in Benghazi was a spontaneous riot in reaction to an inflammatory anti-Muslim documentary, Sen. John McCain today said that the confusion among government officials is either intentional deception or incompetence.

McCain appeared on CNN today saying that Obama should have known that there were potential security problems in Libya, and that handling them poorly, as well as the lack of a cohesive, accurate narrative on what happened, is entirely his fault.

"We knew that you don't take mortars to spontaneous demonstrations. . . . I don't know whether they were willfully deceiving the American people or whether it was incompetence to the degree that I've never seen the likes of which," McCain said. "And he told people in the world and in this country that it was a spontaneous demonstration and they kept talking about the hateful video when it was not true."

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According to the The Hill, both the Washington Post and New York Times reported last weekend that the CIA continued to provide information about the video as what caused a riot that quickly escalated, despite increasing reports that the agency was aware it was an organized attack.

"By the way, the CIA station chief in Benghazi's first message back was that this was a terrorist attack, and we all knew and they knew that there was an al Qaeda-affiliated organization there," McCain said.

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