Asked whether the national security threat posed by the David Petraeus scandal potentially exceeds that of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, Sen. John McCain issued quite a straightforward response: “That’s one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard.”
The reporter asked whether “there is potentially a greater national security threat in the apparently thousands of pages of classified documents ending up on the personal computer of a Tampa socialite” who is said to be the whistleblower in the Petraeus scandal, with links to an FBI agent who was later barred from the investigation. He also noted that the agent “stepped out of the chain of command” and went to a House Republican leader about the matter. All that put together, he asked: Is that potentially a greater national security threat than the attack in Benghazi?
“Well, I say with great respect: That’s one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard,” McCain replied (with a facial expression that conveyed exactly that sentiment). “Okay? There’s four dead Americans.”
Ask the reporter interjected, McCain asked him, “I’m answering your question. Do you want me to answer your question or do you want to interrupt? Which do you want?”
“There are four dead Americans. Their lives of other Americans were put in jeopardy,” McCain continued. “This is a matter of four dead Americans. I think that the other issue raised is very serious, and I think it deserves a thorough and complete investigation — but it does not rise to the level of an attack on American consulate that took four American lives.”
“It’s certainly a national security issue,” he added, “but it doesn’t rise to the level of four dead Americans.”
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