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Rachel Maddow Rips GOP on Foreign Policy, Tells McCain to STFU: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow delivered a searing look at the GOP's lack of leadership on foreign policy last night, looking at the situations in Iraq, Libya, and Israel:

"The Iraq war was not a good idea. If that is confusing to you. If you have not bothered to figure that out, that implies that you are not  thinking very hard or very clearly about the role of America in the world and the idea of what counts as a good idea for a war. And the GOP has not been thinking about about these issues for the past ten years...."

She ultimately delivered a major smackdown to John McCain and the position he's taken "for lack of any competition for the title" as the Republican Party's most prominent go-to guy on foreign policy when he just has no clue:

“How did John McCain get to be the Republican Party's northstar on foreign policy in 2012? ... There is a basic level of interest and competence required even of the opposition party on the subject, even if the country has decided they don’t want to put you back in the White House, not after what George W Bush did with it. Even if you’re just in congress, even if you’re just the opposition, you need to know what you’re talking about. You need to have a basic level of competence. And doing what John McCain says is not a reasonable substitution for basic competence on this subject.”

Watch Maddow's evisceration, AFTER THE JUMP...

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David Petraeus Says He Didn't Give Broadwell Classified Info: VIDEO

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Speaking to the press for the first time since his affair with Paula Broadwell was revealed and he left his post as CIA director, retired Gen. David Petraeus told HLN's Kyra Phillips that he did something "dishonorable" and felt he had to step down, according to the journalist, who recounted their conversation on-air today.

Petraeus reportedly told Phillips that his resignation has nothing to do with the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, a topic on which he'll testify before the House Intelligence Committee this Friday, nor did he give Broadwell any classified information.

Here's a transcript of Phillips' conversation with colleague Robin Meade about her conversation with Petraeus:

RM: ...Did he talk about Paula Broadwell? Did she have access to information that other people did not, the public did not? Especially regarding Benghazi? I think some people feel she seemingly alluded to some information that she had in a speech recently.

KP: Correct. And I will say, Robin, he has insisted to me that he has never passed classified information to Paula Broadwell. As long as I have known him, he has never wavered on classified information, ever. And to the best of my knowledge, you know, that has always been sacrosanct. I have also never known him to tell me something that is not true, Robin.

RM: Did he say how this may relate to Behghazi? I know he has to testify this week about Benghazi and, you wonder, about the scandal too.

KP: Yes. He has said this has nothing to do with Benghazi and he wants to testify. He will testify. He has maintained to me all along this was a personal failing, Robin, which, as I said, to me was quite stunning and to many other people. He’s not the type of person that I’ve ever known to fail at anything, knowing [him] as long as I have over the years. And so he has made it very clear that this was about an extramarital affair and not over classified information or Benghazi.

Watch video of Meade and Hill's conversation AFTER THE JUMP.

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Obama Responds to 'Outrageous' McCain Threats to Block Possible Nomination of Susan Rice: VIDEO

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In his 16th press conference today, President Obama took a hard stance over threats by John McCain and Lindsey Graham to block UN Ambassador Susan Rice over the attack in Benghazi if he chose to nominate her for Secretary of State.

"If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I'm happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on the intelligence that she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Did CIA Ask FBI To Investigate Outsider David Petraeus? VIDEO

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You've probably heard by now that CIA director David Petraeus resigned yesterday after an FBI investigation into his biographer, Paula Broadwell, revealed the general had an extramarital affair.

Rachel Maddow of course discussed this last night, bringing on both the reporter who broke the story, Andrea Mitchell, and NBC News' Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel to discuss the fallout.

One interesting thing Engel passed on is the way one former and one current CIA employee explained the agency's feelings toward outsider Petraeus, the four-star general who commanded our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how those feelings may have impacted this story: they would have had to bring the FBI in to investigate Broadwell and Petraeus.

"[Petraeus] actually wasn't very popular in certain circles inside the CIA," said Engel, before explaining that people really didn't like the general. "The CIA is a bit of an old fashioned club. They like it if you come up the ranks."

"One person at the CIA and one person formerly at the CIA put it to me this way, 'The CIA would have to ask the FBI to look into emails that were suspicious'," he says toward the end of the video AFTER THE JUMP.

So, was the CIA outsourcing its investigation to get Petraeus out, or is this, as some on the right suggest, a huge conspiracy so that Petraeus won't have to testify before Congress about the Benghazi attack that killed American Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others?

Watch Maddow and her team discuss Petraeus' resignation AFTER THE JUMP.

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Romney Debate Blunder #1: Fact-Checked on Libya: VIDEOS

ROMNEY: I think it’s interesting that the president just said something which is on the day after the attack he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.

OBAMA: That’s what I said.

YousaidROMNEY: You said in the Rose Garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror? It was not a spontaneous demonstration? Is that what you’re saying?

OBAMA: Please proceed governor.

ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

OBAMA: Get the transcript.

CROWLEY: He did in fact sir, so let me call it an act of terror and —

OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder Candy?

CROWLEY: He did call it an act of terror. It did as well two weeks or so for the whole idea of there being a riot out there about this tape to come out, you’re correct about that.

 

The Rose Garden on 9/12:

OBAMA: "No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done."


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