back to top

John McCain Gave Bush Adminstration Benefit Of The Doubt Over Missing WMDs

"I hesitate to reach any conclusions."

Posted on

Senator John McCain continued to express concerns Tuesday after meeting with Ambassador Susan Rice about why she gave faulty information about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead. McCain continued to pledge to block her nomination should she be appointed Secretary of State.

But in 2003, when the U.S. military failed to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq following the invasion McCain gave the Bush Administration far more leeway.

“I hesitate to reach any conclusions until I have complete information and all sides of an issue are heard,” McCain said in a telephone interview with then-Salon's Jack Tapper.

McCain, as with the 9/11 Benghazi terror attack, was calling for hearings into why the U.S. intelligence community failed. The Arizona Senator, however, was not calling for a Watergate-style special committee as he is today.

"Sooner or later, we will have hearings. It's entirely appropriate to do so," said McCain. "Any delay will, I think, not be in the interest of the American people. Let's move forward, have those hearings and have the American people in on it."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.