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In his floor speech today, McCain yet again did not mince words in attacking the Obama administration’s approach to discussing national security issues. McCain told an anecdote of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who apparently told a national security advisor to “shut the ‘f’ up” about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
“He responded by saying to the national security adviser ‘shut the “f” up,’” McCain said of Gates, about the White House’s “communication strategy” following the mission. “That is a devastating comment and leads one to the suspicion that things were done improperly in the revelation of these most important and sensitive programs that were being carried out and are ongoing to this day.
McCain’s resolution was co-signed by 18 Republican Senators: James Inhofe (Okla.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Scott Brown (Mass.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Susan Collins (Maine), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John Cornyn (Texas), Richard Burr (N.C.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.), John Boozman (Ark.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.).