While most Americans were preparing Wednesday evening to travel, cook, and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, not watching the news, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice spoke, for the first time in weeks, to reporters outside the U.N. Security Council. She continued to defend the comments she made on the Sunday talk show circuit days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack killed 4 American diplomats in Benghazi.
As discussed in a related article, CBS reported Tuesday it was the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, not the White House or State Department, who edited the talking points Rice used to spin a nonsensical tale that the attack was a “spontaneous” protest over a YouTube video, even though she knew full well that the attack was terrorism.
Rice told reporters:
As a senior U.S. diplomat, I agreed to a White House request to appear on the Sunday shows to talk about the full range of national security issues of the day, which at that time were primarily and particularly the protests that were enveloping and threatening many diplomatic facilities, American diplomatic facilities around the world, and Iran’s nuclear program.
She defended her statements adding:
When discussing the attack against our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. I made clear that the information was preliminary, and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers.
Seems like another attempt of CYA considering President Obama may nominate Susan Rice for Secretary of State. In a related article from Monday, 97 House Republicans wrote Obama saying they would “strongly oppose” her nomination, and Sen. John McCain has been quite outspoken in his criticism of her. Rice said that though she will always respect McCain, “some of the statements he’s made about me have been unfounded, but I look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him.”
I just hope the appropriate time is long before we are subjected to her Senate confirmation hearing.