Susan Rice, our ambassador to the United Nations, appeared on Capitol Hill yesterday to meet with several senators. The goal was a charm-campaign to discuss her statements about the attack upon on consulate in Benghazi, Libya back on September 11, 2012. Her three most vocal critics, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte, have said that they would oppose her replacing Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. But instead of relieving concerns about Benghazi Gate, Rice′s testimony left the Republican senators more ″troubled″. This was compounded when acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who accompanied Rice, also added more confusion over the talking points memo Rice used for her five Sunday morning talk show appearances on September 16. Morell claimed that the FBI was behind some of the editing, but later, his office retracted that putting the blame back on the CIA. Last week, James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, admitted that it was his office that did the editing.
The excuse for the editing is that it was meant to conceal classified information. But, we now know that most of what Rice parroted from the memo was inaccurate. There was no ′spontaneous′ mob protesting the You-Tube video as some allege was the cause behind the protests earlier that day in Cairo, Egypt. We also know that terrorist groups associated with Al Qaeda were responsible for the attack on our consulate and the CIA annex compound, which claimed the lives of four Americans. There is also information that connects Al Qaeda to the protests in Cairo, as well as a similar protest in Yemen. That the terrorists have as a goal to attack our embassies, as well as either kill or kidnap embassy officials.
Democrats and their allies in the Media are attempting to paint any criticism of Susan Rice as racist. But even Barack Obama admitted during his last press conference that Rice is out ambassador to the United Nations and had little to do with our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. So why was she trotted out instead of Hillary Clinton, who was in town that weekend and far more responsible? Rice′s appearance on Capitol Hill just left her critics more confused and ′troubled′ by her testimony. Republican senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte had been walking back their opposition to promote Rice to Secretary of State after initially stating they would block the move. Now, after yesterday, it would seem that the GOP senators have returned to their original position and will filibuster the promotion in the Senate, should Obama go through with this. The mystery of Benghazi gate continues.