Last week, she submitted a letter to the president asking not to be considered for the post for which she had not been nominated. This purportedly came as a shock to President Obama, who had previously claimed,” She had nothing to do with Benghazi.”
To recap the story, it began with Rice’s Sunday morning appearance on five network TV shows. At those interviews, she stated absolutely that the attack was the result of a demonstration against an anti-Islamic TV program that had been produced in the United States. She was dispatched to the Sunday shows when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused the assignment. In her (Rice’s) defense, she said that she was reporting on the intelligence she had been supplied by the White House. Her explanation of the incident was repeatedly backed up in public statements by Press Secretary Jay Carney on several occasions.
During the long period of time that Rice, et al were sticking by their story, it became known that the attack was actually one of terror and not one of demonstration. Subsequent sworn testimony by the members of the Intelligence community and the Secretary of State’s office reveal that there had been numerous requests for increased security at the Benghazi site. It was also revealed that these requests were routinely turned down.
In the second presidential debate between Obama and Romney, the president flatly stated that he had called the attack “an act of terror” while speaking from the Rose Garden the day after the tragedy. His statement evoked a double-take and a quizzical queery from Romney, but the female moderator quickly jumped in and said Obama was correct.
On the day of the third Presidential debate, Secretary of State Clinton made the announcement that the Benghazi matter stopped at her desk and she took full responsibility for the event.
To date, the results of the “investigation” into what really happened that fateful September evening have yet to be released. A short while ago, it was hinted that those results may be kept from public view.
Rice’s chances for senatorial confirmation for Secretary of State looked like they would be very slim because of statements made by several high ranking senators, namely John McCain of Arizona. In an effort to placate the opposition, Rice did make several trips to the senate. However, her appearances only increased the opposition to her possible nomination.
Many in Washington have compared the Benghazi fiasco with the Watergate break-in that caused Richard Nixon to resign the Presidency. However, it was the cover-up, rather than the break-in that was the telling blow. The Benghazi cover up is a much more serious affair, since nobody died at Watergate.
Harry Spencer is a long-time northern Nevada resident.