Skip to comments.White House blasts Republican ‘obsession’ with Rice and Benghazi
Posted on 11/27/2012 4:21:20 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
The White House sharply escalated its attacks Tuesday on Republicans trying to stop Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice from succeeding Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state. Press secretary Jay Carney described GOP lawmakers as being gripped by a politically fueled "obsession" with a series of television appearances Rice made shortly after the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in which she wrongly suggested the attack had stemmed from a demonstration over an anti-Muslim video rather than a terrorist assault.
Carney's comments came after Rice met privately on Capitol Hill with Republican senators who have said they intend to block her nomination if President Barack Obama chooses her to replace Clinton as the nation's top diplomat. Rice also acknowledged for the first time, in a written statement issued by her office, that her initial public comments on the Benghazi assault were wrong because there had been no protest outside the compound.
Carney said the U.S. still does not know who carried out the assault, which claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But he said GOP focus on Rice's early statements was a politically motivated distraction from efforts to identify those responsible for the killings.
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Sounds like the White House desperately wants to keep the focus on her.
I just wish it was someone other than Tweedledee and Tweedledum leading the charge. And now my good senator Ayotte has thrown in her lot with those two dibwads. Very unfortunate.
A good offense is the best defense.
bwhahaha... Silly Democrats. This is an old mental mind trick BUT WE ARE TALKING about the Secretary of State. This stuff is kinda important... Anyways, remember when Hillary Clinton tried labeling Carl Rove as obsessed with her in an effort to silence him??? This was when Hillary was leading in the primaries against Obama.
When I was a stupid teenager, I shoplifted a can of snuff from a grocery store and got caught. I couldn’t understand the store manager’s ‘obsession’ with that, either.
From what I’ve seen of Ayotte to present, she looked as if she had her head firmly screwed on.
What did she do to cause you concern?
I had hoped she would emerge to be a sharply focused advocate for Conservatism.
I have had it with these people. Flush them down the toilet. I don’t care enough anymore to think of anything funny to say.
I think Rice had little huddle with Obama and Clinton , they told her exactly what to say
Jay Carney is such a crude and vile individual ~ so typical of Obama’s inability to draw talented people to government service.
I think we need to get back to the fact that the white house allowed Americans to die so they could attack our constitutional rights for a second time.
Yep us mean Republicans are just obsessed..you damn right we are obsessed..FOUR AMERICANS ARE DEAD and I want to know why they died!!! Of course liberals want us to forget about Benghazi, because they know their messiah Obama either ordered the hit or is covering up the smuggling of weapons from Turkey to Syria which was the reason why Ambassador Stevens was even in Libya at the time..but yeah, 4 dead Americans are just a “bump in the road” right Barry
...and the dems, especially Obama have an OBSESSION with blaming Bush for all or economic issues....
Why the lies, Mr. President? Maybe we are obsessed with finding out why you concocted a stream of lies about Benghazi.
Anyone leading the charge would be portrayed as Tweedledee & Tweedledum.
I'm not faulting the Senators for leading the fight. I think when they say/do something good they should be supported.
That’s because the IDIOT DemiRATS/PharaohBama drones are treating it as a crime and not as an act of WAR.
Tweedledee & Tweedledum have blood on their hands for rushing to support action in Libya in the first place. They didn’t bother to ask who our allies were, who would take over after it was done or anything.
This might not have happened if they had been doing their jobs in the first place. Instead they were nothing but rubber stamps.
In most circumstances, I believe it’s right to support people doing the right thing. When it comes to McCain, you have to be very careful.
Up until yesterday he was blasting Rice. Today he and Graham had morphed that to blaming Obama. What does this signify?
In real terms, it means that McCain is going to be content to trash Obama, and quite likely support Rice’s nomination after all.
This guy has short-circuited more Conservative attempts to do the right thing, than anyone I’m aware of.
On September 11, 2012:
Carney, I'll bet Nixon wanted the questions to stop too.
At the time, it was broadcast that the riots were in response to this video.
No one had heard of it, but it didn't take long for the alternative press to run it down and debunk it as virtually unknown.
Later that day, riots broke out at many US embassies, and by now the "video" excuse was being used by the State Department to explain Moslem riots world wide.
Then, the Bengazi terrorist attack occurred later that day.
It's as if Barak bin Hussein abu Obama al-Kenyata had a previously arranged excuse for what he knew was going to happen on the anniversary of 9/11.
Because Obama proclaimed in his campaign, "Since I have been President, terrorists have not struck U.S. territory." Embassies are U.S. territory.
Hussein Obama always planned to blame The United States of America.
But to date he and Graham (and Ayotte) have led the charge and deserve some praise for doing that, not condemnation.
This is who you are dealing with. He makes you think he is your friend, and he shoves it in your back every time.
I understand and appreciate where you are coming from, but when it comes to John McCain, you’re just supporting your avowed enemy.
Guilty as charged. Yes we are obsessed with the pursuit of the truth.
He's waffled countless times.
But like I said, I won't stab him in the back right now while he's effectively keeping this story in the news and slamming Rice.
This one has really got the WH. As somebody asked on another thread, what in the world could they be hiding that is so devastating?
FYI: This morning it was being reported that McCain had stopped criticizing Susan Rice and was going to shift his criticism to Obama, and cut Rice some slack with the intent of approving her nomination if it came before him. What’s your take going to be when he votes to approve the Rice nomination?
John is doing what John does best, bask in the lime-light.
He doesn’t really mean it. He’s a media whore.
Enough said. I understand your position, and I can see your reasoning. I just know that John isn’t going to change his spots now or ever.
Well, anybody who’s “content to trash Obama” certainly has my support.
Rice was a tool and Obama is where this all leads to, so hopefully McCain and Graham will have the guts to keep on following it up. I think Rice was a feint by McCain, actually, to draw Obama into a more vulnerable position.
I dislike McCain intensely because of the way he completely threw away all chances to beat Obama in 2008. He was an old man intimidated by running against the “first tan president who was not Bill Clinton.” But something about Benghazi really seems to have made him mad, so maybe he really will get revenge by keeping after this. I hope...
We’ll see Livius. There are times when I’d like to be found wrong. Perhaps for the nation’s sake this will be one of them. Not holding out much hope here.
Obama will be more than willing to take some heat, as long as he gets what he wants. I’ll bet he’s happy to have the focus moved over to him. What’s he care? He’s got his second four years and that’s all that matters right now.
The budget deals aren’t even phased by this in the slightest.
Obama's not interested in talented people. He wants a cadre of disciplined apparatchiks to implement his authoritarian socialist revolution "by any means necessary." He's already 75% of the way home.
I picked Carney out years ago as an enthusiastic and dedicated soldier in this subversive coup. He's been carefully groomed for the role of propaganda minister in this regime. He has a diploma in Russian and Eastern European studies and is a "graduate" of Time Magazine's Moscow bureau. Like Obama himself, Carney is the product of a long and meticulous undercover process that in a sane world would be called treason.
All kinds of things are being reported; we'll see what actually happens.
Historically, McCain’s philosophy regarding nominations is that the President has the right to seat anyone he likes.
Up until he ran for the Presidency, he had never voted against a nominee to the SCOTUS.
As you said, we’ll see.
If John’s vote mattered, there’s no doubt in my mind he would vote to confirm Rice.
**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**
However, thanks to our follow citizens, the nightmare has just begun again.
I do not give a rat's rear end who Secretary of State under any Obama administration is.
The fact that we have an individual with 3 names that I would have to travel either halfway across the planet or to a penitentiary to find offends me.
I don't really care what this bad joke foisted upon me by my neighbors does.
His intentions are known.
That's true. And he knows that nothing ever sticks to him anyway.
Still, I would love to see somebody really corner him and ask him some hard questions, even if he gets off in the long run (as Bill Clinton did). He's run through so many minions, both low-level ones and those all the way up the line, that there's really nobody else that McCain et al. can look at for this...
The ones who probably really made the decisions are actually his unelected, unappointed "advisors," so this might shine a little light on them, too. Jarrett and Axelrod and the gang need to scatter like the roaches they are.
why is anyone still dealing with these people?
just turn your back on them...cut their funding... and let they whine about lack of bipartisan support
Keep at ‘em boys, when the White House starts blasting, that means you’re getting too close to the truth!
But, the Benghazi complainers are cowards for not criticizing Obama, who touted the very same “video lie” as Rice several times in public.
Haven’t we had enough of affirmnative action bureaucrats? As a nation, a society, and a culture we have been on greased skids to at best mediocrity, but most likely collapse because of the insanity of affirmative action and the horror of political correctness it spawned.
Not the headline we'd see if it was the Bush White House and Condi Rice. It would all be about cover up, misinformation, questions about competence...
I’d much rather see her hanging around with people like Tom Coburn and Marco Rubio (for instance) than Grahamnesty and McLame.
Republicans are idiots. They should be talking about Rice advancing a White House orchestrated lie. They need to use the word lie and to pin the blame on the building, not the messiah. And they need to continue this line of explanation every time the little spokesperson tries to deflect.
Yes, we are obsessed with the Benghazi thing just like the media was with that terrible scandal about a crime that was never committed: the Valerie Plame one, that is. Remember when that was on the front page of the NYTimes and every other media outlet? Remember how outraged the libs were?
Impeachment File for Benghazi-Coward Obama.
Republicans...dumb. Sometimes, I wish I could become a leftist just to see what it would be like to have a team that actually tried to win once in a while because this MO is getting old.
“Sounds like the White House desperately wants to keep the focus on her.”
Yeah; methinks Obama doth protest too much. I’m far more concerned with OBAMA and BENGHAZI - why he was too busy farting around raising campaign money to SEND HELP to those people at Benghazi. Over SEVEN HOURS they pleaded. WHERE WAS OBAMA?