WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice May 15, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Attorney General Eric Holder faced questions on reports of the subpoena of two months worth of Associated Press journalists' phone records and the Internal Revenue Services' scrutiny of conservative organization's tax exemption requests. Credit: Getty Images
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on Friday placed blame on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and President Barack Obama for the Benghazi terrorist attack.
Appearing on conservative radio host Frank Gaffney's program on Friday, Gohmert argued that Obama and McCain's (and others) support for the Libyan rebels' cause, of which intelligence suggested al-Qaeda involvement, emboldened Muslim extremists forces that later attacked the U.S. compound in Benghazi.
That is also why Gohmert is completely opposed to McCain's plan to fund and arm the rebels in Syria.
"If it had not been for Senator John McCain and President Obama being for what we knew at the time included al-Qaeda anti-rebel forces, then we would still have a U.S. ambassador and three others alive today, because Benghazi would not have happened," he said.
He continued: "By giving power to the rebel forces that included al-Qaeda, that brought that whole mess about and helped create problems in Tunisia and Algeria. So I’m not sure what to think about his going to Syria. If history’s any lesson, the people he met with who wants us to help should be very careful about what Senator McCain’s support could mean for them."
The conversation began with a discussion about McCain's recent trip to Syria where the senator met with rebel forces. McCain supports U.S. intervention in the bloody Syrian conflict, while others, like Gohmert, believe arming the rebels would mean arming radical Islamists and members of al-Qaeda.
Listen to the interview via Mediaite below: