While making the rounds on Sunday media programs, Sen. John McCain blasted President Obama over his role in the Libya “debacle,” calling the Commander in Chief’s handling of the brutal terror attack either a “massive cover-up or massive incompetence” — the worst he has ever seen. The former prisoner of war and Vietnam veteran also pointed out a glaring fact: that while some may compare the events in Libya to Watergate, “nobody died in Watergate.”
“This tragedy turned into a debacle and massive cover-up or massive incompetence in Libya is having an impact on the voters because of their view of the commander in chief,” the former Mitt Romney-rival said on CBS “Face the Nation.”
“It is now the worst cover-up or incompetence I have ever observed in my life.”
“Somebody the other day said to me, ‘Well, this is as bad as Watergate.’ Nobody died in Watergate.”
Of course TheBlaze has been chronicling the events and revelations surrounding the administration’s handling of the Benghazi terror attack for weeks, including highlighting the discrepancies between what White House and Defense Department officials have claimed happened and the communications of CIA operatives on the ground in Benghazi at the time of the attack. Questions still abound as to why the Obama administration did not send in reinforcement to our American assets under siege even though requests for help by U.S. operatives at the diplomatic compound and annex were made repeatedly.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week it was too dangerous to send troops into Libya after the U.S. compound came under attack. But White House officials said they had not denied requests from Americans in Benghazi for backup.
“Why after a cry for help to Leon Panetta and after the president gave a directive to protect those people … Panetta now claims he told the person to stand down,” Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee asked on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Preibus suggested that the president is either not being “truthful” or that “perhaps Leon Panetta acted as commander in chief.”
McCain, meanwhile, also quipped that he was sure Obama would lead the nation “in fine fashion” during Hurricane Sandy even though he has failed to do so with regard to the Benghazi tragedy that left four, including a U.S. ambassador and two Navy SEALs, dead.
Watch McCain deliver his sobering remarks on Face the Nation below: