Rudy Giuliani harshly criticized President Obama today in an interview, accusing his administration of “covering up” the fact that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was an act of terrorism.
“I think there’s no question that the administration was covering up from Day One,” Giuliani told Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends. “I mean putting out a totally phony story to try and block the political criticism that the president took his eye off the ball. The president in his haste made himself a tremendous hero over getting bin Laden. He deserves credit, but my God he wanted to make himself into a superhero.”
“It’s also a president who’s been euphemistic about Islamic-extremist terrorism from the very beginning,” he said. “This is the man who said, ‘We’re not going to say War on Terror anymore,’ except he forgot to tell them they’re at war with us. So, we end up getting caught by surprise.”
“This is a major scandal,” Giuliani continued. “The only reason it isn’t played as a major scandal is because the president has about three quarters of the media in the tank. I mean it’s a disgrace. It should be a scandal for the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC News, CBS News, why the hell aren’t they covering it?”
And on CBS today, Senator John McCain argued that it was clear early on that the attack was terrorism:
”Like they say, ‘Come on honey, bring your mortars, we’re going to a spontaneous demonstration,” McCain said of the claims that the violence escalated from an impromptu demonstration outside of the consulate building.
“It was obvious…this was a planned attack,” he said Thursday on “CBS This Morning.” He was referring specifically to comments made nearly two weeks ago by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice who said the attacks that lead to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were “spontaneous.”
“It shows a fundamental misunderstanding of warfare and what’s going on in that part of the world,” McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.
“Anybody who understands warfare knows that is not a spontaneous demonstration,” he said. “They carried heavy weapons, mortars, RPGs,” adding, “I think this was an orchestrated attack.”