As Mr. Conservative reported yesterday, Jay Carney was set to once again appear on live television, only this time to comment on the remarks made by Obama. Although it sounded like the former Press Secretary resumed his old position, he was no long able to hide behind the veil of the White House.
In quite the explosive exchange, John McCain was able to smack down lie after lie that Carney saw fit to justify the President’s words at one point saying that unfortunately for Obama’s former employee, “facts are stubborn things.” As this was not exactly the kind of interaction Carney was used to, it was easy to see the frustration as he settled into environment of a debate rather than the usual spewing from the White House pulpit.
Starting out his argument strong, McCain was quick to state, “I’m astounded that Mr. Carney should say that the Free Syrian Army is now stronger.” Having just had his pride take a hit on national television, Carney attempted to interrupt but was quickly shot down as McCain continued saying, “Come on, Jay, we knew all about them then. You just didn’t choose to know. I was there in Syria, we knew about them in Syria. Your boss, when the entire national security team wanted to arm and train them that he turned them down, Mr. Carney.”
Dropping a devastating statement into the interview, he went on to add, “Facts are stubborn things. The entire team, including the Secretary of State said he want to arm and equip these people and he made the unilateral decision to turn them down. The fact he didn’t ld residual force in Iraq, is the reason we’re facing ISIS today. So the facts are stubborn things in history, and people ought to know them.”
Furthermore placing the final nails in the argument let on by Carney, McCain concluded by noting, “You are saying facts that patently false. Lindsey Graham and I, we were in Baghdad, they wanted a residual force. The president has never made a statement during that or after that he wanted a residual force left behind. The Iraqis were ready to go. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the number cascaded down to 3,500. That was not sufficient to do anything but to defend themselves. And you in your role as a spokesperson bragged about the fact that the last American combat troop had left Iraq. If we had left a residual force the situation would not be what it is today.”
As Carney tried to salvage what was left of his ego by saying the two should agree to disagree, McCain even went so far as to slap that down with one final blow conveying, “It is not a matter of disagreement. It is a matter of facts. And you have yours wrong and you distorted.”
And BOOM goes the dynamite – feel free to let us know what you thought of this on-air smackdown in the comments below.