'Mind Looking Into This, Friend?'
Arizona Senator John McCain is the latest high-profile politician to repeat the diehard American falsehood that the Sept. 11, 2001, attackers entered the United States through Canada.
Just days after Janet Napolitano, the U.S. homeland security secretary, sparked a diplomatic kerfuffle by suggesting the perpetrators took a Canadian route to the U.S. eight years ago, McCain defended her by saying that, in fact, the former Arizona governor was correct.
"Well, some of the 9/11 hijackers did come through Canada, as you know," McCain, last year's Republican presidential candidate, said on Fox News on Friday.
Not only did these villains not transit through Canada on their way to various locations in the U.S.(Instead, flying directly to America (PDF) where they stayed for several months, under increasing U.S. government surveillance), but as they were engaging in these activities of interest there was a consensus reached to ignore the threat at the highest levels even as investigators got closer.
This is an American failure, and always has been. Of course, the individual involved in repeating these self-serving lies did lose considerable credibility during the U.S. presidential elections, and at other crucial points of his senatorial career - So, one shouldn't be surprised at how easily the lies roll off of his tongue whether he is aware of them...or otherwise.