More questions than answers after three Republicans meet with Susan Rice over the Benghazi terrorist attack
After having voiced their disapproval of the prospect that Susan Rice would be named as Hillary Clinton’s successor as Secretary of State the three Republican Senators–John McCain, Kelly Ayotte, and Lindsey Graham–met with Susan Rice today and the consensus among these three was that the meeting left them with more questions than answers.
Said McCain: “We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn’t get, concerning evidence that was overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate, [and] the tragic deaths of four brave Americans.”
Said Ayotte: “I can say I am more troubled today…having met with Ambassador Rice. Because it’s certainly clear from the beginning we knew those with ties to Al Qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy…and that the information that was given to the American people was wrong.”
Said Graham: “I’m more disturbed now than I was before. [Ambassador Rice’s Sept. 16 statement] was a statement disconnected from reality.”
Susan Rice has stated that she didn’t intentionally mislead the American people and I am willing to take her at her word on this and am willing to concede this point at this time. (If an investigation proves otherwise I reserve the right to “evolve” my position and unconcede this point.)
However, Barack Obama admitted it was the White House which sent her out to the television talking heads on September 16th with the talking points which she used and David Petraeus admitted UNDER OATH that the CIA’s talking points were edited before Susan Rice made her media tour, so the questions remain; who edited the talking points and for what reason were they edited?
We don’t know the answer to the first question, it will be left up to an investigation to determine the answer to that question, but the answer to the second question appears obvious to me at this point.
Barack Obama was running for a second term based in part on what he considers to be his successes on foreign policy; the fact that the Middle East is more stable than ever before and the fact that al Qaeda is on the run. However the CIA’s initial report punctured a large hole in both of those facts so a decision was made somewhere within the regime to downplay al Qaeda’s role in the attack by lying to the American people shortly before the election, and Susan Rice was sent out there to do just that and it worked for the time being.