The Washington Times - October 28, 2012, 12:01PM

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that the Obama administration’s handling of the consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 has been a “debacle.”

“For literally days and days they told the American people something that had no basis in fact whatsoever. And that is the president of the United States,” Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “[Obama] said that he immediately ordered action to be taken … no action was taken over seven hours. Now we find out the secretary of defense decided not to take any action.”

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Mr. McCain, who ran against then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, has been one of the administration’s sharpest critics in the aftermath of the deadly attack that left four Americans dead, including the ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens.

“Somebody the other day said to me, ‘This is as bad as Watergate.’ Well, nobody died in Watergate,” Mr. McCain said. “This is either a massive cover-up or incompetence that is not acceptable … to the American people.”