U.N. ambassador is in middle of Benghazi feud

  • Article by: MARK LANDLER , New York Times
  • Updated: November 17, 2012 - 6:39 PM

Susan Rice's comments shortly after the deadly consulate attack have put Republicans in a lather.

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Jakein08Nov. 17, 12 7:27 PM

Now that everyone knows exactly why she said what she did, can we move on? The extreemists in the GOP will do anything to stoke a "conspiracy." She recited what was released to her, the same document and talking points that was released to John Mccain and co. at that time. Get over it, Obama won, Mccain is still bitter 4 years after losing to Obama. He questions Rice ability to make decions. this is coming from the guy who picked Sarah Palin to be one heart attack away from the presidency.

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swmnguyNov. 17, 12 7:28 PM

I have no idea whether or not Susan Rice is a good candidate for Secretary of State.

But this Benghazi "controversy" is the silliest, most contrived thing I've ever seen. What exactly is the problem? Are Republicans supporting that idiotic movie, made only to provoke violent reaction from Muslims?

Or are we all pretending we don't know that we had a huge CIA presence in Benghazi, coordinating the so-called "resistance" to Gadhafi, which was mostly Al-Quaeda operatives we ourselves brought in from Yemen, and have since shipped out to Syria, through our troops stationed in Jordan to coordinate that dirty war?

What do we mean by "Terrorism," anyway? A mob of locals attacking the CIA headquarters in Benghazi because they hate the violent Islamic extremist militia the CIA has turned loose on them isn't quite the same as a hijacking, or a car bomb in a crowded market, or poisoning the water supply, or whatever else we can think of as "Terrorism." By our definition, the Boston Tea Party was an act of "Terrorism," as were Lexington and Concord, and most sports championship celebrations.

The more these nonsense partisan controversies are fanned up, the more absurd our entire national policy appears. Absurd arguments over which lies we use to describe our shameful foreign policies aren't going to make anybody look good, or lead to any constructive outcome.

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erikj3Nov. 18, 1212:33 AM

There is no "there there" with regards to Benghazi. Yes, it was a tragedy, but so was 9/11, and many of the same Republicans who bent over backwards excusing the Bushies at every turn (even after it became clear that they refused to do ANYTHING about al Qaeda and bin Laden before 9/11, as well as false claims about Iraqi WMD started a hugely disastrous war that killed 4000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis) are now bashing Rice, who had NOTHING to do with Benghazi! It's sad seeing especially John Mccain flail about trying to look like he knows what he's talking about when clearly he does not. No, this isn't a scandal or coverup, it's not "worse than Watergate", and Republicans would be wise to realize that before they try to impeach Obama over it.

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kingtutskyNov. 18, 12 7:35 AM

So Obama's campaign is running our national security... But they will not lie with impunity because congress has oversight of the CIA.

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millelacs70Nov. 18, 1210:50 AM

Republicans in a lather and they have their undies in a bunch over nothing.

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viqueenfailNov. 18, 1211:46 AM

The Republicans lost the election they expected to win. They're bitter and hateful and don't know any other way to vent their rage. They're throwing mud against the wall to see what sticks and the corporate media is keeping it alive instead of ignoring it like the non-issue it is. Bitter, bitter, bitter Republicans. I think they need to grow up.

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adliblogNov. 18, 12 6:02 PM

Susan Rice did not tell the whole truth about what band of militants attacked the US "mission" (aka "consulate")...probably because she did not know or had not been debriefed on it. She probably suspected -as did I- that there was alot more to it than spontaneous rage by restless natives. She spoke what she knew, which is that the spreading of outtakes from the internet video "The Innocence of Moslems" led to the siege of the American embassy in Egypt and to the tragedy at Ben Ghazi. Tunisians are Moslems but they are no more innocent than many so-called Christians in America. They know when they've been insulted and this neutralized the otherwise popular support for Americans in Ben Ghazi. That's all the opening that TERRORISTS need to do their thing. Does Congress now demand a more public explanation of the CIA's strategy, already bearing result, for rolling up this group of terrorists and bringing them to justice? Will making everyone party to the hunt cause it to happen any sooner or will it have the opposite effect instead? The only deviation in Ms. Rice's talking points from what the CIA gave her is the editorial change in describing the US consulate as the "mission" in Ben Ghazi. Who approved that is the big mystery? (It wasn't an embassy but WAS a consulate!) Would it now be an appropriate expression of free speech to see an internet video made entitled "The Innocence of the GOP"...or what about "The Soreness of Losers?" Would the ones mocked in such a video be so quick to defend this free speech as an American value...or would they be in a towering rage?

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jonnyappNov. 19, 12 7:29 AM

From the article: "Reciting talking points supplied by intelligence agencies, she said that the Benghazi siege appeared to be a spontaneous protest rather than a premeditated terrorist attack." ----- This is simply a lie the fools in the media have been telling people. Rice said the attackers were heavily armed extremist who hijacked a spontaneous protest that was in repsonse over the anti muslim video. She never blamed the protest. Journalist need to buy a dictionary and look up the word "hijacked". This is 2nd grade reading comprehension. Shame on the StarTribune for printing this garbage. Here's your chance to pretend your business is journalism and report what Rice actually said:

"We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people, came to the embassy to - the consulate rather - replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then, as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that, as you know, in the wake of the revolution in Libya, are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there."

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theagonybhoNov. 20, 1212:54 PM

swmnguy, Ya its pretty silly that 4 US citizens were murdered and the Government covered it up. If there was a Republican Preident, like Bush, i suppose you would have just dropped it and moved on.

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