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July 31, 2013 - 9:03 am

Chris Stevens remains unavailable for comment on Sen. John McCain’s assessment of Hillary’s tenure at State. He gave his thoughts to the neo-lib New Republic. “IC” here is the interviewer, Isaac Chotiner.

IC: How do you think your old friends Chuck Hagel and John Kerry are doing?

JM: I hear good reports from friends in the military that Hagel is respectful. I think he is doing OK. And John Kerry I think is working extremely hard, frenetic. I met with him yesterday morning. But I am a little worried about whether John is trying to take on too many issues at once, and I think that is a shared concern amongst many of his friends. And I have expressed that to him. But I don’t think there is any doubt that, if you look at the world five years ago and today, we live in a far, far more dangerous world. There is a lack of American leadership. I hear that every place I go in the Middle East. This massacre in Syria is one of the most shameful chapters in American history. I have not been more worried about the world as we see it—ever. This is the greatest seismic event in the Middle East since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. And we are bystanders.

IC: Given that you think things are out of control, what do you make of Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state?

JM: I think she did a fine job. She’s a rock star. She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world. I do think it is interesting that the issues where John Kerry is engaging is where Hillary Clinton did not engage in, that those decisions were left to the White House and the National Security Council.

Do you follow all that? According to McCain, there’s a lack of American leadership and the world is now far more dangerous than it was five years ago. But Hagel and Kerry are currently doing good jobs at Defense and State, and Hillary Clinton did a “fine job” and is a “rock star.”

These things do not compute. Clinton’s tenure at State coincides directly with the decline in American leadership that McCain cites. Her “fine job” includes the disaster in Benghazi and her attempt to blame a movie and assault the First Amendment to cover up the fact that it was a terrorist attack. Her “fine job” included leaving American David Ubben stranded without help in Benghazi for 20 hours — with a leg shattered in the terrorist attack that killed four Americans.

A veteran, and especially a POW like McCain, should be outraged that Obama-Clinton left a wounded American stranded, and left four Americans to die, and then imprisoned a man to cover their tracks.

Did the Republicans run a genuine campaign against Obama in 2008?

h/t Capitalism Institute

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Headline the other day "McCain stops by DNC caucus!" Nobody paid any attention to this headline. What's it's significance?
Here goes: The GOP/RNC has effectively thrown in the towel as regards trying to coddle Tea Partiers. GOP/RNC Elite in culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC wanted this growing slice of Americana to "swing" with GOP'ers. Trouble with this attempt, Tea Partiers have since 2008 been wary and unsatisfied with anything any GOP/RNC (Michael Steele anybody) had to say, do or strategize. McCain has long seen the writing on the wall..he faces (along with Flake) a Tea Party led recall in Arizona... ALL Tea Partiers. So, where does this leave RINOS's????Running for cover with Democrats. The Tea Party "slice" these RINO's were attempting to garner votes from, are now calculated (by their tally) to be pared off of Democratic voters. That's the new We The Elite People of culture of corruption in all of Washington DC's up coming 2014 election strategy. These Elite RINO's are counting on Democratic voters to "swing" in these RINOS's direction.
Watch the "schmoozing" now underway by these GOP/RNC turncoats. Will be interesting!!! Their:1)greed, 2)Power hungry and 3) corruption (porkulus) ways know no boundaries and are fully exposed for what they are...slime balls. McCain/Flake are but two of Elite Washington DC's most shameful examples of sell-outs - both morally and philosophically.Pray. Amen."Mavericks???" NAH!! Slimeballs!!! That's the true story of a RINO's swing to the DNC.
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I was going to say that McCain is brain-dead, but I observe that at least some other commenters here think he has dementia, and that could very well be. McCain has been making awfully odd statements of late, so he could very well be in the early stages of dementia.
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No, not a psychological condition ... it's Alzheimers. He actually shows physical symptoms of it if you watch how he moves now. Terribly unsteady on his feet ...
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Stockholm Syndrome [to be charitable] or flat-out Marshall Petain Syndrome.
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I am a decorated, combat-wounded, disabled veteran of four separate conflicts (Panama-GWI-GWII-Afghanistan) encompassing six deployments. I do not wish to appear narcissistic or arrogant, as I am simply trying to establish a background for my opinion: I have respected Senator McCain's wartime service for many years. While I have often disagreed vociferously with his political positions, I have separated the two. However, I have reached the point where I think it is painfully evident John McCain has flat out lost it - dementia, early onset Alzheimer's, I'm not sure which, but he has gone completely nuts. Senator, on behalf of all of America's wounded veterans (at least the ones I know)...it is time for you to go. Retire, go home, write your memoirs, go fishing, play golf....whatever, just go; you have become a complete embarrassment. You fooled everybody (almost) in 2012 "fundamentally transforming" into a strong conservative for your senate seat election, but now you might as well caucus with the dems (officially) and change parties. Sarah, we know you had to support McCain because he helped kickstart your career, but we also know how deeply painful for you it must be to see his recent antics. I still love you anyway, Sarah....you rock on.

Remember BENGHAZI!
52 weeks ago
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He's not a maverick, he's just an idiot.
52 weeks ago
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I'm not sure McCain's endorsement of Hilliary is going to do her any good. I sure wouldn't want him to express a good opinion of me.
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