WASHINGTON — Two prominent Republican lawmakers,John McCain and Lindsey Graham,have not backed down from their statements to make Susan Rice testify before Congress about the disastrous Benghazi,Libya terrorist attack. The Benghazi attack left four Americans dead,including the U.S. Ambassador John Christopher Stevens. Stevens and the State Department team on the ground had asked for more security in the months before the 9/11 attack,but all to no avail.
Susan Rice,the heir apparent to Hillary Clinton’s Secretary of State position,must take the stand before Congress before she is confirmed by the Senate,says GOP lawmakers. On CBS’s “Face the Nation” program on Sunday,Sen. McCain said “She has a lot of explaining to do. I am curious why she has not repudiated these remarks”. Obama has come out and said that the GOP lawmakers should attack him,not his Secretary of State nominee Susan Rice,over the Benghazi attack.
Rice is under fire because of her remarks five days after the attack on the Benghazi U.S. consulate compound,where she said it was a spontaneous attack spurred by the offensive video poking fun at Islam and the holy prophet Muhammed. However,in recent weeks,it was revealed to the American public that this was a lie concocted by the Obama administration to mitigate the effects of the attack on the presidential campaign.
Disgraced and resigned CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus said that the CIA talking points were modified to illustrate spontaneity of the demonstrators and to omit remarks about their true affiliation with al Qaeda. FOX News had reported that there were several calls made from the CIA annex close to the Benghazi compound asking for assistance and backup during the attack. Lost in the chaos and the news is the fact that Ambassador Stevens was separated from the main body of State Department personnel and was found dead at the local hospital hours later,along with the fact that two dead Americans were fighting off waves of al Qaeda militia for hours on end.
Where is the responsibility? Apparently,the buck doesn’t stop at Obama’s desk in the Oval Office.
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