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Re: Susan Rice, Obama and Benghazi

posted at 4:47 pm on November 19, 2012 by

A few follow-up thoughts on the Washington Guardian’s weekend Benghazi revelation (which Ed wrote about on Saturday):  If Obama was fully briefed on the true nature of the terrorist attack within 72 hours, Susan Rice’s subsequent disinformation tour isn’t the only public relations scandal here.  To recap, Rice appeared on the Sunday chat shows five days after the raid — and two days after the president was reportedly briefed —  falsely asserting that (1) the violence had spun out of “spontaneous” protests, (2) the US had “no information” pointing to a premeditated attack, and (3) our security presence in Benghazi was “substantial” — her most insulting claim of all.  But perhaps she was simply an unwitting victim of drastically edited talking points.  The president knew better, yet his White House chose to deploy her to recite a specific and misleading version of events for public consumption.  But let’s not forget that on September 25, two full weeks after the attack, Obama himself was still publicly hedging on the terrorism question.  Here is the answer he gave during a taping of The View — which, incidentally, he prioritized over bilateral meetings with world leaders at the United Nations:

As a final aside, count me as a skeptic of the notion that Obama wasn’t aware of the clear terrorism evidence until three days after the massacre:

One would imagine that if (a) if our people in Benghazi were urgently warning of an imminent organized assault several hours before it occurred, and (b) if people inside the White House watched the raid unfold in real time over a video feed for seven hours, and (c)if there were reports of an Al Qaeda affiliate claiming credit for the attack within two hours, the president probably would have been informed about the terrorism intel far sooner than 72 hours later — even if he did sleep through the attack itself, during which our besieged personnel were pleading for back-up that never came.

I see that MSNBC is now referring to Republicans who continue to seek the truth about what happened in Benghazi as “conspiracy” mongers.   Nothing to see here, folks — unless you’re a sexist bigot, of course.

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We cannot let this die,,we/they need to keep pushing.

retiredeagle on November 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Thanks Guy Benson

I am still disgusted over this entire mess and the continued ridiculousness of the left now saying anything being said about Susan Rice’s role is racist and sexist.

It’s all deflection.

CoffeeLover on November 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Msdnc just another cog in Obama’s wheel

cmsinaz on November 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

My 2 cents… At first I couldn’t figure out the Susan Rice – Racist connection. I always thought based on her looks that she had some India region maybe heritage. Never thought about it much though as her heritage is irrelevant to her job or my opinion of her performance. It wasn’t until today actually that I figured out that she is black or at least part black or African-American or whatever the PC term is (and I only figured that out because 2 news articles I read today stated, “… Susan Rice, who is black.” in reference to what a bunch of racists white males are.)

For the record, I thought her story was a big steamy pile of horse squeeze way back this morning and prior when I didn’t even know she was black. Thankfully, that confirms that I am only a misogynist and not a racist. :P

deepdiver on November 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

IF he knew and sent Rice out to lie anyway, does he owe Rice an apology? If he knew and Rice knew, do they both owe the American people an apology? If they knew they were lying and haven’t informed congressional Democrats, do they owe them an apology? If they did inform the congressional Democrats and they came out anyway accusing the Republicans of playing politics with this do they all owe the country and apology.

It’s about time the press did their job. It’s way passed time for us to know the truth on this. It’s way passed time for the administration to fess up but he never will as long as our illustrious free press doesn’t hold him responsible.

bflat879 on November 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

One would imagine that if (a) if our people in Benghazi were urgently warning of an imminent organized assault several hours before it occurred, and (b) if people inside the White House watched the raid unfold in real time over a video feed for seven hours, and (c)if there were reports of an Al Qaeda affiliate claiming credit for the attack within two hours, the president probably would have been informed about the terrorism intel far sooner than 72 hours later — even if he did sleep through the attack itself, during which our besieged personnel were pleading for back-up that never came.

You have summarized it perfectly, Mr Benson. Please continue to show Obama the respect he deserves. He is a sociopathic liar who corrupts everything he touches.

Basilsbest on November 20, 2012 at 7:26 AM