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November 14th, 2012
09:07 PM ET

Jake Tapper on Susan Rice following Benghazi: "She was a good soldier ... she did what the administration told her to do"

Amidst a flurry of hot-button, polarizing news stories, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" invites Jake Tapper to share his professional perspective and industry insight on everything from Benghazi and Barack Obama, to David Petraeus and the FBI

Joining Piers Morgan for a face to face, primetime interview, ABC News' senior White House correspondent offers his opinion on news stemming from an afternoon press conference at the White House, during which the president defended the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

As various Republican Senators – including John McCain and Lindsey Graham – have criticized Susan Rice for her role in disseminating information following the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, Morgan asked his guest to add some context:

"Do you believe that Ambassador Rice is at fault, or is she – as Barack Obama said today – she was only passing along intelligence, she was not a key player in all this?"

"I was substituting for George Stephanopoulos that Sunday, as host of "This Week," and we were trying to get Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. All the shows were trying to get Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to talk about Benghazi," explains the print and television journalist. "For whatever reason, she didn't go out. They put out Dr. Susan Rice, the U.N. Ambassador. It's very interesting that today President Obama says Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, then I don't know what she was doing on the show."

As Rice is seemingly on the short list to replace Clinton in a Secretary of State capacity, Tapper suspects that her television appearances and statements following the attacks were merely an example of her following orders, as opposed to her intentionally and independently deceiving the American public:

"She, I think, was a good soldier. She did what the administration told her to do. She read the talking points," Tapper says. "I think that she was repeating the intelligence, and what the White House told her to say."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Tapper goes on to detail a conversation he had with an administration official three days following the attacks, during which he concluded "it seems like I had better intelligence and sources in the government, then the people in the White House did."
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  1. Literati

    I have lost respect for John McCain. Every smart investigator knows that keeping information close to the vest is a great advantage and tool in any investigation? Even I know that Libya is over populated with street gangs representing every possible expression of radical Islam within what isesentially a wild west infrastructure. I have not the slightest notion why the public needs information on an obviously incomplete and early into investigation, or what they plan to do with that information. How would the UN Ambassador have anything to offer except the information she had been given? We wasted thousands of American lives in a war supposedly to secure what turned out to be non existant WMD. Iraqi and Afghan police and troops still like to blow our people in what we suppose to be secured areas.
    What dreamer believes Libya has secured areas?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Literati

      Why do we tolerate a press tha tdoes not always get things right, but always think they have aright to know (in this case even thing sthat might well impede the investigation and capture of attackers) Since the public has no power to punish said attackers,does their right to know trump the advantage gained in not letting out details to aid in them avoiding detection and aprehension? Chris Stevens knew the danger, and I beleive had the authority to be elsewhere, like Tripoli, which is more secure. Even his sister acknowledged that he knew death was a possibility, but that a man who did not leave during the revolution, would do what he thought best.

      November 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Desi

      I never had any respect for McCain. He is the same stupid self who got lucky.

      November 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • grim reeper

        your an idiot

        November 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Asteroth

        Grim reeper:

        It's "you're" an idiot.

        And yes, you are...

        November 15, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • Duncan Staples

        Regardless of how you feel about John McCain, you owe him respect for what he personally sacrificed for the United States. It is not luck that got him voted unanimously to the House and Senate since 1987.

        You may not agree with his politics and his views on certain topics but you do owe him respect.

        I don't know you but you certainly sound like someone that has never served and would most likely head to Canada if you ever were to be drafted.

        This is what separates men from boys and hero's from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

        November 18, 2012 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Cam

      Just be really just want to drag an "investigation" out in order to protect this administration.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Colby


      The reason it is such a big deal is because the White House knew that the attack was a coordinated attack. Then for them to tell her to blame it on a anti-Muslim video shows to us the American people that obama is covering his behind. As it has already came out from parts of the investigation that he was watching it live. Yet, did not send any help; however, he was able to send a drone to scan the area. Due to his negligence four people died. Susan Rice was just a pawn in his scheme to mislead the citizens of this great country. Could this event be why Hillary Clinton is stepping down? She was the "fall guy."

      November 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Please Dude!

        The real question is – Should the White House tell America, and therefore the world, what it knows, when releasing that information may hinder our ability to go after the people that attacked our embassy? By saying it was a demonstration, is it not then possible that the terrorist might lower their guard? By calling it a terrorist attack and naming the group we suspect, will that not just drive them and the people that support them underground?

        So the question is we need to be asking is – can the White House possibly be acting against American interests? If the answer is yes – then please continue with your theories. If the answer is no, then we really should give this Benghazi thing a rest.

        The disgrace of this whole thing is that people like John McCain know the truth of what happened and why it happened, but at this point, all they are interested in is attacking this White House and they will continue to do so, despite the fact that they have failed in their mission of making this president a one-term president.

        November 16, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. thamas

    he;s 76 yrs old now..wish he would retire..he's still angry bitter @ not winning the election..he should return to his 13 cars & 7 residences.....

    November 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. kay

    McCain is a grumpy old man and should retire.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • grim reeper

      And what about the 4 dead guys and their families? Small detail, right?

      November 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jone

        What happened to our men and women in uniformed who are dead because Bush lied to us about WMD? Where were you when they returned home as body parts in body bags? Where were you when over a million innocent Iraqis were killed? Why did Bush lie?
        9/11 could have been prevented. What have you done to find the truth?

        November 14, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        John McCain is an insane old bigoted racist right wing extremists who needs to retire. First and foremost, Ms. Rice's assessment of what happened in Benghazi was based on information that the CIA, the mainstrean media and the world was getting following the attack. What the CIA and the mainstream media heard for the first week after the attack was that the demonstrations and the attack on our sonsolate were the result of a religious wed video. It was weeks later that some claiming to be members of al Qaeda came out and took credit for the attack.

        And by the way, did Ms. Rice's interpretation of what triggered the attack actually CAUSED the attack? Did her comments on what may have triggered the attack the reason why the attack was carried out? McCain said he would block Ms. Rice's nomination for Secretary of State if she is offered the position because in his opinion, Ms. Rice's comments about the attack show's she's unqualified for the job. Well, didn't Secretary of State Hillary Clinton make the very same assessment as to what triggered the attack? Didn't Ms. Clinton also suggest that the attack was motivated by the web video based on the information the whole world was getting? So why the racist double standard here?

        Mr. McCain also scrutinized Ms. Rice's comment by further stating that this tragedy is bigger than Watergate and the Iran-Contra deal because in his view, no Americans died in Watergate and in the Iran-Contra deal. Well, Mr. McCain, you've purposely ommitted or forgotten anothe important campaign. You failed to mention the illegitimate and deadly Iraqi war that took the lives of over 4,000 U.S. troops because of a blatant LIE about bogus WMDs. And again, Ms. Rice's comments about what may have triggered the Benghazi attack did NOT cause the attack but the GOP's blatant and outrageous lies about bogus WMDs in Iraq did in fact CAUSE the deaths of over 4,000 U.S. troops and the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians and that domino effect is still occuring today in Iraq.

        Finally, while McCain say that Ms. Rice has not admitted that she was wrong about her assessment of what happened in Benghazi, Nine years later McCain and the entire GOP and the Bush administration are yet to apologize to the United Nations, the world community and the American people for their blatant lies that led to the deadly Iraqi war. And they are yet to admit publicily that they were also WRONG about WMDs in Iraq. Let's face it, John McCain and the GOP are a disgrace to modern civilization.

        November 15, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
      • VINCENT

        What does Rice have to do with the 4 dead Americans? Are you an election pollster? Clueless –

        November 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cam

      why do liberals hate old people?

      November 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • VINCENT

        No one hates old people but every genereation has its time to shape the world with great impact and McCain's time has come and gone. Why does the Rerpublican party look like a retired tax auditor's convention. We see you but you choose not to see us.

        November 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • hannah

        Liberals don't hate old people. conservatives do. They want to get rid of Social Security and Medicare as we know it. But McCain is the poster boy for the Republican party; an angry old white man.

        November 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Centurio

      Move to Arizona and vote against him when he's up for reelection.

      November 16, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Gabe Largent

    I am really surprised that neither you nor Lenny Davis tonight highlighted that the President has been floating balloons regarding Susan Rice becoming the Secretary of State instead of John Kerry. McCain is playing politics and blocking that because Kerry is being considered for Sec of Defense.... Why aren't any of your guests stating so?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Nani

    Was McCain not the idiot who chose Sarah Palien to be his running mate? Sarah Pailen could not even make it to Comedy Central. Why did McCain not stop 9/11 from happening or go after Bush for war crimes ? Both 9/11 and Bush's evil and wicked war could have been prevented. How many more of our young have to die because no one questioned Bush? Has McCain spoken to Annie Machon ?

    November 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nana nana boo boo

      You managed to misspell Sarah Palin's name twice, and in two different ways. That's. Just. Genius.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cam

      Why are you more worried about Sarah Palin than Benghazi and why four Americans died? Why don't you care that Susan Rice claimed that people died due to a video which was totally false.

      November 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • VINCENT

        Why are there so many fact fnders suddenly? Do not pre-occupy yourself with what is right and wrong now thatt Ronney has put on a clinic for not knowing the differrence between either. I guess now that the lies have been shut down – we are back to the truth mattering. Interesting

        November 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mikado Cat

    Incompetent or lying, real time information was available from Benghazi, video, as well as phone calls to those directly involved. If Obama still doesn't know what happened he and his administration are incompetent. If he knows, then he has been lying for months.

    33 years ago Jimmy Carter lost our ambassador to Iran, and it led to his failed attempt at reelection. This was apparently more important to Obama than the four lives he lost.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. CaliforniaMimi

    Democrats are too funny as they convince themselves that what they've been told by their messiah in chief is the truth. You cling to whatever you can hold on to even though you see in this story questions on why the President got so angry and stated Rice wasn't part of Benghazi when it's clear to both Morgan and Tapper that Rice was purposely sent out by the administration. It was also clear that Tapper always understood that Rice's story didn't match what he knew. This makes her part of this problem with nothing that's come out from this administration matching what's now known. But all of you here would rather use jokes about age then face what's right before you.

    Just a small example of the lies, today Obama said "as I said before I sent her out" with the talking points (this is the first time he's said this). Obama also clearly said in the debates "I called it terrorism in the Rose Garden" (debatable, but for laughs let's let that pass and also not get into the CBS part of the coverup), so why would he send the "not involved in Benghazi" Rice out with the story on the video and then double down on it with the speech he gave to the U.N.? What to believe – she wasn't involved but that's who you sent? It was terrorism, but only when it doesn't suit you to say it's a video? No wonder his followers are such an unhappy and confused lot – what DO you believe when they give you so many different versions of the story?

    Yep, she's a good little soldier who went out with Obama's talking points in order to be rewarded with the bribe....I mean prize....she was promised if she did that. This stinks to high heaven and good for any public figure who is willing to stand up to the vitriol of Obama's cult and say that it's time for real answers and not the President's mock anger. I'm angry too Obama but it's at you and your refusal to own up to what happened.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Steve

    You guys can be as partisan as you want to but our country is being destroyed a little more each day and the only protection we've ever had has been the media who's in NO WAY doing their jobs. For god sake people, wake up and stop the partisanship before it's too late. Both parties have issues and both parties are disgusting at times but's what's more disgusting is just how stupid we are as a country. Democrats think Republicans were morons for voting for Bush a second time yet they vote for Obama a second time. Seriously??? How in the world is Obama any freaking different? Is it more important that we're able to say that "our candidate" won even if he's a poor leader and worse, a liar? Only a complete idiot thinks Bush was anymore of a liar than Obama is. Is it really any wonder why the rest of the world disrespects us? We don't respect ourselves!!! There's nothing "United" about the United States. I feel sorry for our children as they'll never know how great this country could be if only WE stopped being so damn stupid.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Desi

      Thank you Steve. We need to demand a responsible and mature government. Our election was as trashy as it could get.
      Our media was just as bad. CNN looks more like Fox with Trump pasting himself on Piers Morgan.
      Quite pathetic.

      November 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sadsosad

      This is all so sad. Do you hear yourselves calling each other names.....? Do you realize how childish you all sound? I don't classify myself and "R" or a "D". I've voted for both in my lifetime. I've always paid my bills on time, saved for the future, worked 3 jobs to put my husband through college so we didn't have any debt, and I never waivered in my pursuit in the American dream. Work hard, be honest, use your common sense and help your neighbor. I never really had a huge interest in the political system but the Benghazi mess caught my interest so I thought I would do a little research. WOW. I'm actually very sorry that I did. My common sense from the very second it was first reported the embassy was attacked on 9/11 was terror.....then we couldn't get a straight answer from anywhere. I'm physically ill reading everyone's verbal attacks. I have no faith in our news organizations anymore, nor in my government. Nor in my fellow Americans. Very sad.

      November 17, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. GrannieGJL

    I was watching ABC the morning Susan Rice was on, and I am not sure what all the fuss was about. I remembered her saying that the facts weren't clear yet, but it seemed to be a spontaneous reaction to the YouTube video. Maybe the lesson in all this is for the Administration to say next time that they will not comment until the investigation is complete. The press badgers for answers. It is extremely inappropriate for Lindsay Graham and John McCain to announce they will block her nomination without even listening to her testimony. How ignorant and unprofessional??
    I am sorry the Ambassador and his staff were killed, but honestly, do their lives have any more value than the 5,000 service men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan?????

    November 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mikado Cat

      I watched all week long and they pushed the "its a movie" story non stop, apologized for it, and had the FBI track down the film maker and put him in jail. Obama knew what happened from day one, and crafted a speech to both lie and cover himself later, which is lying twice.

      What is sad is that lying about the movie was her debut performance, and not the center of my concern. Rice is incompetent, a socialite dilettante with no place in a official capacity of any kind.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • KSO5050

        You are probably just one of the ignorants who talks before thinking. Susan is more than qualify to take up any higher official position both within US and international settings. She's well educated and have achived the highest educational citadel that could be attained in any US University, yes PhD. She worked on international affairs during Clinton's administration and many others. What is your qualification and other GOP who said she is not qualified. You be quite if you got nothing reasonable to say.

        November 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Grannie, please tell me you can see through the lies? I'm begging you to tell me you see it. Politicians LIE to us because we let them. Susan Rice was lying to save Obama's ass, just like Bush's people lied to try and save his. We have got to tell the truth or we're done. You're grandchildren have to live in this world so don't you want to make it better?

      November 15, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shirley Adams

      I agree, with your sensible response. All that the GOP are doing is politicizing this event because they dislike Obama, esp John McCain who is a whining loser. But I am having a lot of trouble understanding and cannot find anywhere online, nor was it explained by the President, is why die he send UN Amb. Rice to the talk shows and not the SecState? not send Clinton is responsible for our posts abroad. From what I've been able to dig up, Jay Carney said she was unavailable but that doesn't make much sense because she's always been available for comment and that's her job.However, since they were all on the same page of talking points, she probably would have given the same account but GOPers seem to respect her info more.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • bobm

      Here is the transcript from Ms Rice's Sunday Show interview:

      CBS’s “Face the Nation”

      MS. RICE: So we’ll want to see the results of that [FBI] investigation to draw any definitive conclusions. But based on the best information we have to date, what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy– –sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that– in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution. And that it spun from there into something much, much more violent.

      BOB SCHIEFFER: But you do not agree with him that this was something that had been plotted out several months ago?

      MS. RICE: We do not– we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.

      MR. SCHIEFFER: Do you agree or disagree with [the previous guest, the president of Libya’s general national congress] that al Qaeda had some part in this?

      MS. RICE: Well, we’ll have to find out that out. I mean I think it’s clear that there were extremist elements that joined in and escalated the violence. Whether they were al Qaeda affiliates, whether they were Libyan-based extremists or al Qaeda itself I think is one of the things we’ll have to determine.

      Ms Rice states, "Well we have to find out." So I conclude, Ms Rice was not very good with stretching the truth to protect classified information or was protecting the President from his "al Queda is on the run." claim or General Patraeus is lying or a combination of all three.

      If the White House was not sure of the information or the information is still classified then be honest with the American people, but do not try to convince the American people otherwise in the age of instant information.

      Truth over politics always prevails. The White House is losing its credibility over the way they have handled the dissemination of information of why these four Americans were killed at the hands of terrorists.

      November 17, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Simple Enough

        Its amazing how people can draw opposite conclusions from the same information. The transcript you just provided shows that Ms Rice was clearly stating that they did not have enough information but here is what we suspect. We think it coule be terrorists, but we do not know who for now. We think it could have started from these riots and video, but we do not know.

        November 17, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. TDA

    The so called Susan Rice is a woman who suffers from information deficit for the position at hand. As a citizen of this country, I have seen her muddling in stuff that the general public don't want. For instance, few months back when the prime minister of Ethiopia Mr Meles Zenawi died she praised and elevated him to the top of her favorites while many american house reprsentative and senators openly called him a dictator. She disrespectfully repeated of him again in New York. The PM she is praising himself felt sorry and apologized for 200 people he gunned down in a span of three days in the capital Addis Ababa. What a bad official she is?

    November 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kso5050

      Zenawi was also praised by Mrs Clinton, Ki-Moon,Obama, Netanyanwu, among many others for his achievement in Ethiopia. Yes he fought and took over power from the junta who governed Ethiopia at that time. He restored democratical government to Ethiopia and the people love him. What will then be wrong if Susan praised him too TDA?

      November 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Griff.

    "You would/could never believe it Pierse, but they're both dead (Elvis and Billy) yet I'm still alive and kicking.
    Yes I can still most of their songs, and I'm old enough to be your Dad. Of course I just sing Karaoke, but tele-
    prompters do have a use for us oldies. Quote: Unquote These are easy, but country
    gets a little more difficult when you're up to perform."

    November 15, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Griff.

    "It's a privelege to invest in a Horse, when your counting your winnings, but then you get part ownership of the gamble!"
    Why is it Free loaders at the track think, because you took their peanuts; you still owe them something??

    November 15, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. George

    This is McCain logic. Because Condi Rice lied, thousands of Americans died needlessly, a nation was torn apart (how many tens of thousands of Iraqis died?), and our relations with our allies was strained. That is okay to McCain, but saying what is believed to be true of the deaths of four people, subject to change after further investigation that is still incomplete, and with no consequence whatever the answer is, is something to break the pitchforks out for. And speaking of responsibility, Mr. McCain supported that illegal war knowing the facts while Obama knew nothing until after the fact. Perhaps McCain, Bush and Cheney should line up at the Hague to get their just deserts as war criminals before pretending to be righteous.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Dan

    You need to ask McCain questions.
    What did he know and when did he know it? He had oversight and if he felt the consulate security was poor he the the ability to fire an email. Did he? Besides the clear crazy comparision to Condi Rice, this is just hypocritical BS. DONT LET HIM GET AWAY WITH THIS POLITICAL BS> Piers ask the questions, He is a US Senator and not God. He is being a partisan Hack.

    November 15, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve


      Isn't it true that every Democrat in CONGRESS who voted for the Irag war then hypocritically blasted it have the very same intellegence that Bush had regarding "weapons of mass destruction"? Man it startes with you. If you'll stop arguing for "your side" and start arguing for the truth, then you can convince someone else to stop doing the very same thing. Then perhaps the people in this country start acting like adults.

      I'm a republican but I NEVER fell for Bush's BS so why are you falling for Obama's BS? I know you're smarter than that and hey Dan, it doesn't evev hurt.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Steve

    This is exactly what I'm talking about. Screw McCain and Lindsey. Stop blaming Bush he gone already!!!! If Bush was here you're the same people who would be crusifing him for the EXACT same thing. Focus on the man in charge. SUSAN RICE WAS LYING TO PROTECT OBAMA's ELECTION CHANCES. STOP BEING SO DAMN STUPID!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jerry

      Steve you happen to be one of the FEW realistic individuals on this board. It's so obvious that Ms. Rice was protecting Obamalooney's reelection chances. This was not only true of Benghazi, but also true about Petreu's delayed resignation. We still d not have a report or a real report on Benghazi. With this administration everything is swept under the rug. And of course our lying/clueless so called Commander-in-Chief all along hopes that's where this issues will stay or that the American citizens will have a short memory, just like the lame stream media.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Steve


        I know people have agendas and I have no right to say that their agenda is less important than mine but this is going way too far. I employ over 2000 people and so I have no choice but to be fiscally conservative but I'm also socially moderate so I'm for most of the social issues that people argue about but I know what this Pres is doing to small businesses. I've had plenty of chances to expend and hire more people but I'm just no going to do it. Why, because this MF scares me to death. Constanly wanting to beat up on the so called "Rich" people in this country who are the ones making the investments which grow the economy. The problem is we as people don't define "the rich" the same way the Govt/Pres defines "the rich" but the people we call "Middle Class" are about to find out just how F***** they really are. I have ZERO incentive to expand and hire people. ZERO!!!! This Pres is worse than any terrorist that has ever caused damage to this country and anyone who doesn't see it is a damn fool. Let's talk again after 4 more years.

        November 15, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Asteroth

        This is simply a partisan attack campaign. Weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal commented about the tmeline of information:

        "Despite their growing uncertainty, intelligence officials didn’t feel they had enough conclusive, new information to revise their assessment. Ms. Rice wasn’t warned of their new doubts before she went on the air the next morning and spoke of the attacks being spurred by demonstrations, intelligence officials acknowledged.

        More information casting doubt on the protest element came in on Sunday morning, around the time that Ms. Rice was completing her TV appearances, the officials said. She began taping the shows early Sunday morning. By the time intelligence analysts began to realize “there’s enough here to build a body of evidence that there probably were not protests, those things were already recorded and she [Ms. Rice] was already out there,” a senior intelligence official said."

        November 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Eleanor M. Hodges, FL senior (w) author

    Re: McCain – He is so angry that he didn't get to be president – THANK GOD HE LOST BECAUSE HE WOULD HAVE US IN l/2 wars. Tired of his whining about the presidents choice of Sec. of State and everything President Obama does. He is so jealous he can't stand it. Anderson Copper last night nailed him and pointed out that (he) McCain excused C. Rice's oking the war in Iraque that killed 4,000 americans based on Axis of Evil comments info, and this Bengahzi incident killed 4 and that is his reason for being against Susan Rice. He just wants attention – he needs to go over a "physical clifff" (pay on words) along with Trum,p, and Karl Rove. Next in line for the jujmp is Grover Norquist and McCain. Can hardly wait. McCain has nothing to say that I want to hear unless it is complementing Presidfent Obama – The greatest president we have ever had!!!!! Tell McCain that is what Americans think and that is what they voted for. Not the old foot dragging guard like him!!!! .

    November 15, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve


      I'm sure you're right about McCain but who cares? I think we'd all be a little jealous if we lost a Presidential Election. In fact, I'd say you would have been jealous as well if McCain had won so does that make you any different? And where in fact are we? Still at war, in debt up to our a****, begging the world to like us, still getting bombed and weaker than we've ever been. The fact is, if you think Obama is the "best", I really feel sorry for you and wish you'd raise your expectations. If not for you, then perhaps for your grandchildren...

      November 15, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. ouchhhh

    Was the Yellow background last night requested by China? Sure looks good with their flag.

    Boy, did Obama destroy Rice's credibility in 2 minutes. I keep visioning her now in a tense diplomatic negotiation where she stands up, runs out crying "Wait til I tell Obama!"

    November 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. mary ann

    Please let me be as succinct as possible. On Wed. Sept 12th in the Rose Garden (by his own admission in the 2nd debate) President said in was a terrorist attack. 4 days later on Sunday, Sept 16th Susan Rice ( by the Presidents own admission yesterday) was told to say the attack was due to a video. Draw your own conclusions.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Mary Ann, could it be any simplier??? Although, if for some ungodly reason, I I was willing to lie to myself and my family just to be able to say "I was not wrong for voting for Obama even though I knew he was lying just to protect his election", I guess I could make up a few things that might complicate it a little more.

      November 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • mary ann

        You are right, Steve. You could complicate the narrative more by giving an interview on 60 mins and refer to "some bad folks out to hurt us" (this clip not aired by CBS until weeks later) and then you could go to the UN and six times blame a video. Honest Abe doesn't have to worry about his moniker being transferred to this president.

        November 15, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Del

    McCain and Graham may hold grudge against Rice because i think Rice had big agreement with them in person or phone somewhere lin behind closed doors or something she made them get upset. So they decided to create something to block her get a new position as Secretary of state. think hard why they continue to complain.

    November 16, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • mary Ann

      A big AGREEMENT??????

      November 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mary Anm

        Oh, and I sure it had nothing to do with 5 appearance on Sunday talk show with "presentations" that were not accurate. Right~

        November 16, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mary

    As an average citizen, I am so weary of both sides of the aisle telling me what I feel and what I want to know.

    My vote may not have gone for President Obama, had I known more of the details about Bengazi, so the campaign delaying a Benghazi update worked to their advantage. The clear statement from General Petrais on Friday, about his talking points sent to the White House included "no movie all terrorist", leaves no doubt that the White House didn't want to open that can of worms until after the election.

    I feel Susan Rice was sent out to make that statement so the people could get used to her. She was going to be presented to succeed Hillary Clinton and she needed more name recognition. Unless she's totally clueless, she had to know some of what she was saying had already been disputed. She was being a good soldier, I guess Hillary wouldn't go on all those shows and say it, and her reward was the "new" job. But will she have to run to President Obama to back her up when any questions arise? She has a reputation of being rude and polarizing, ie flipping the middle finger to someone she disagreed with in a meeting, shouting matches and hurling personal insults to staffers she disagreed with. Ambassadors from two friendly nations called her highly agressive and hard to talk with.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • SImple Enough

      Compared to John Bolton, Susan Rice is a lamb. We need to decide what we want as a nation. We want to be tough, but we don't want our people too be hard?

      November 17, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • bobm

        Simple Enough,

        The White House was able to keep their "we have al Queda on the run" talking points in the President's speeches. Using the word terrorist, which General Petraeus claimed it was within 48 hours of the attack, would of hurt the President's position on foreign affairs. The White House took a calculated risk by attempting to mask the truth. Words have meaning and the White House deciding to omit the word terrorist in Ms Rice's "presentation" is clearly playing politics with four American lives. If you do not know do not try to soften the situation by using misleading words and phrases. Simply stick with the statement it is too early to say what caused the situation. The American people deserve better from our government leaders.

        November 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • kso5050

        So you might have voted for Romney's garbage instead. so that will be your only reason to vote otherwise? No-Sense

        November 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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  22. Wounded

    ok, Is this about four dead in an enbassy located in the middle of a war zone? They knew the risk involved right? Or is this about some different? Something deeper? What about the thousands of men and women killed and still dying fighting in two wars right now that have now purpose and will never end. The war on terrorism is just like the war on drugs. Nonsense and making alot of people rich and killing alot of people at the same time.

    November 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bobm


      This is something deeper. This is keeping elected officials honest. If we do not seek the truth the US will turn into the Middle East. Freedom and the free press keeps the US strong. Ms Rice can resolve this issue very quickly if she can hold a press conference or interview and tell the American people who gave her the talking points. It is interesting that Ms Rice has not been seen since September 14.

      I agree with you about the risk of being in a war zone and the thousands of American lives lost in two wars. We need to withdraw from these two wars now, reduce our foreign aid to countries, and reduce our military bases around the world. The US cannot afford to continue to be the police for the world.

      November 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Kevin Lenihan

    The larger problem is not the administration, but the enablers: the media that actively helps them push any false narrative, and the progressives that would believe it if the admin said the sun was made of cotton candy, and would call us racist if we argued the point.

    November 18, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Anne

    I never understood why Obama is such a darling of the news media. It started in 2008 when they did everything they could to help him against Hillary, it continued during 2012 general election and it keeps going. Look how much time is spent now on the Petraeus affair while Benghazi was swept under the rug for 2 months to make sure Obama doesn't have to answer and to entertain the idea of his strength in foreign affairs. Media is serving the regime so is weakening the democracy in this country.

    November 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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