UN Ambassador Susan Rice comes clean regarding the Benghazi attack carried out by terrorist on September 11, 2012, resulting in more questions than answers. The Benghazi attack killed four Americans as they waited for help President Obama never authorized.
During a Senate meeting held Tuesday, Rice admitted the information delivered to the public on behalf of the Obama administration was inaccurate and misleading. Rice states that the message was “incorrect in a key respect” and the administration was aware that neither a “protest nor demonstration in Benghazi” occurred, which resulted in the death of four Americans.
Those killed as a result of the administrations indecision include U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and U.S. embassy security personnel Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
The meeting was requested by Ambassador Rice after learning of objections by Senate members, should she be nominated by President Obama as the next Secretary of State. Rice was accompanied by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Michael J. Morrell.
Rice apologized for misleading the public during a Meet the Press interview on September 16th, five days after the Benghazi attack. During the interview, Rice recited talking points prepared by the CIA, claiming that the Benghazi attack was sparked by a “hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world.” The talking points were aimed at deflecting the liability of President Obama’s failed leadership over the Benghazi events, in the wake of his re-election campaign.
It is not clear whether the Obama Administration had influence or oversight during the CIA’s preparation.
Though Rice claims the talking points were not intended to mislead the public, she continues to deflect questions regarding whether the Obama administration was aware that the Benghazi attack could have been related to Al Qaeda or other terrorist groups.
Rice’s lack of full disclosure left many in the Senate with more questions than answers, including Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C).
Senator McCain said that he was deeply “troubled” by many of the answers presented by Ambassador Rice, and “some that we didn’t get.” McCain continued, “It is clear that the information that she gave the American people was incorrect when she said that it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video.”
Senator Graham voiced his concern as well. “Bottom line, I’m more disturbed now than I was before [by] the 16 September explanation about how four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya, by Ambassador Rice,” said Graham.
At least 97 House Republicans have informed President Obama they would oppose his nomination of Susan Rice as the next Secretary of State.
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