Sunday, November 18, 2012

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2195:
Sen. John McCain's Body Language when
Comparisons made between
Condoleezza Rice to Susan Rice &
War with Iraq to Benghazi, Libya Attack

As in many interviews of high level officials regarding very important issues, there is here an abundance of body language displayed by John McCain in this Anderson Cooper CNN video. A multitude of nonverbals indicate that the Arizona Senator believes that there was incompetence or worse with regards to the attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya on 11 Sept. 2012 - as well as how information regarding this event was released to the American public. He is sincere in his beliefs, and for him, this is not political posturing. One (of many) classic nonverbal example of this belief is his "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" (SRHW) exampled at 1:07 - 1:11.

However, at the 4:26 mark and again at 4:32, McCain displays two examples of a nose rub. This classic body language MAP (Manipulator, Adaptor, Pacifier) indicates that, during this interview, McCain had very significant anxiety about how he felt regarding the reasons the U.S., at the time, made for going to War with Iraq. Moreover, with this particular MAP display in the context of this line of questioning - as well as other nonverbals, indicates there is a high probability that John McCain believes deception took place. So while nonverbal analysis reveals the former republican Presidential Candidate adamantly believes that "There's something rotten in Denmark" regarding the events in Benghazi on 11 Sept. 2012 and how they have since been handled - he also feels very uncomfortable reliving the decision making process and other circumstances which led America into the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

It is notable that the left side of Senator McCain's face is hypo-reactive as he suffered a peripheral cranial nerve VII palsy, probably "Bell's Palsy", several years ago from which he has residual partial facial paralysis. This makes his body language signals more difficult to interpret to the untrained eye.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2156: Barack Obama's Body Language at Al Smith Charity Dinner -  Comedy, White Lies and Facial Touching MAPs

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2175: Mayor Bloomberg, Body Language,  Hurricane Sandy and the NYC Marathon

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2033:  Lie Detection, Sergey Lavrov and Syria

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2158: Kennebunk Maine, Alexis Wright, Prostitution &  Spotting the Body Language of the Self Righteous

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2148: Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan and the "Self-Righteous Head Wiggle" in the Vice Presidential Debate 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2167:  Colin Powell Endorses President Obama -  His Body Language Display of Anxiety, Contempt & the  Self-Righteous Head Wiggle