Amb. Susan Rice speaks at last: ‘I relied solely and squarely’ on US intelligence when blaming video

It’s been more than two months since U.N. Amb. Susan Rice appeared on five different network news programs to discuss the “spontaneous protests” which led to the deaths of Amb. Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Appearing today at the Security Council media stakeout, Rice took a question from a reporter on the “blame the video” story.

Asked about the controversy over her TV appearances, Rice said, in part, “I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. I made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. Everyone, particularly the intelligence community, has worked in good faith to provide the best assessment based on the information available.”

http://youtu.be/jf6hTc6k_VY

The reporter also asked Rice, “Is Senator [John] McCain fair in what he has said?” Rice replied that she has “great respect” for McCain, but that “some of the statements he’s made about me have been unfounded, but I look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him.”

Rice has finally spoken up for herself, but apparently the timing was right. Buzz is building that Rice might be in line to be the next Secretary of State, and her supporters have managed to demonize McCain as a racist and misogynist for “bullying” her in his quest for answers.

With Rice finally willing to address questions about Libya, can we add a couple more?

  • digitalPimple

    Give.me.a.break. What grace. What honor… she lied directly to the American people on national TV. The video was not in any CIA docs. Am I correct???

    Not.gonna.happen. sorry. Game over. You loose.

    • bananafanafo

      It’s not a GAME! WOW that’s unbelieveable PLEASE GO WORSHIP UR FALSE GOD & corrupt ur morals more

    • bananafanafo

      It’s not a GAME! WOW that’s unbelieveable PLEASE GO WORSHIP UR FALSE GOD & corrupt ur morals more

  • Scott

    She RE(LIED) on the intelligence community atleast 5 times.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Very good! I see what you did there.

    • my preciousss!!

      “I relied solely and squarely’ on US intelligence when …..”
      her new talking-points strategy: re-lie(thanks Scott), re-use, and recycle. and hope it goes away by monday.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Rice’s statement is not much different than the picture taken in front of Arlington National Cemetery in that other thread. She is giving the finger to the American public.

  • Lftcoaster

    “Intelligence community”, a vapid source gleaned from unknown and undocumented persons as a cause for explaining stupid, illogical or lies perpetrated by a government spokesman.

  • JamesS

    She did not lie. Why would she, it makes no sense

    • Lftcoaster

      She propagated a lie.

      • winoceros

        You don’t understand because you haven’t been following Hillary and her new best friends the OIC. For years the only discernible foreign policy of this bootlicking administration is Muslim appeasement, none of which is reported. So it’s no wonder you don’t understand. You have the same interweb I do. Use it. (Meant for JamesS)

      • bananafanafo

        11 WEEKS 2 EVEN ATTEMPT a ANSWER 4 the lie

    • winoceros

      Then I’m sure shell be happy to tell us exactly what piece of paper she was handed and from whom describing this video fiction via a via Benghazi.

      • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

        She also ‘relied’ on the human rights record of Sudan, when the Sudanese government offered up bin Laden to Clinton. And said no.

    • dwsmokin

      Interesting question. Either she lied, or she isn’t as smart as she is made out to be. After all, why would she implicitly trust the very intel sources G Bush trusted on WMD’s? Foolish girl.

    • TocksNedlog

      She is a political appointee; making sense is NOT part of her job description.

    • Steve_J

      It does when Obama’s meme on the campaign trail was ‘Bin Laden is dead and Al Qaeda is on the decline’. It wouldn’t to to have Al Aqaeda killing for Americans and destroying a diplomatic mission.

  • Steve_J

    So, Rice’s relying on U S intelligence is acceptable but GBW relying on U S and British intelligence is not?

    • Emily B

      Good point…

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    The only intelligence I am seeing here is from John McCain. Keep banging that drum sir

    • bananafanafo

      GO WORSHIP UR FALSE GOD.

    • bananafanafo

      GO WORSHIP UR FALSE GOD.

  • dwsmokin

    Didn’t GW and Condi Rice depend on intel from the SAME agency on WMDs? Where was all the understanding and support for them? Pitiful

  • winoceros

    She does not say CIA, DNI, what? Liar.

  • Peyton

    The only intelligence she relied on must have been from Biden, because the CIA said it was terrorism.

  • Jack Deth

    Am I the only one beginning to sense a pattern in regards to Rice’s extremely lame attempt to cover her backside?

    A whole stream of fairly anonymous tweeters offering oddly similarly worded support from all facets and phases of life pour in just before a holiday and data dump Friday. With the race card front and center mingled amongst PC buzz words.

    If it weren’t so sad, scripted and pathetic, it might be considered humorous.

  • http://alert-up-usa.com/ AlertUpUSA

    I know nozink….nozink! (A-la Schultzie)

  • Purple State

    Isn’t there (and shouldn’t there be) a difference between what is publicly announced and what is privately known by our government? I understand that our government should be checked, but shouldn’t there also be some allowance for national security? In this age of the 24-hour news cycle, is there no more allowance for classified information? What do we risk if that’s true?

    These are actual questions. Please don’t tell me I’m a libtard. I’m sincerely interested in possible answers.

    • Scott

      We are not asking questions that would undermine national security, 4 Americans died and it appears that the administration let them and then tried to cover it up. It isn’t a matter of national security for the truth to come out. In fact it may cause more problems down the road if we dont get the truth. Our soldiers, diplomats etc… have to be able to trust the administration and at this point they cant. We aren’t asking about secret things (source names etc…) just things that should be public record. Dont you think that if the terrorist attack at benghazi had been handled properly that the administration would have been bragging about it on every station and paper in the country just like the did with osama? Their silence in this is suspicious as hell.

      • Purple State

        I understand that we could know the truth now, but the investigation is focused on what was released publicly days after the attack. As in, four or five days after. It’s focused on what Susan Rice said (or was authorized to say) on the Sunday talk shows of the week following the attack. Isn’t it possible that our government, having more intelligence than the civilian, would have a vested interest on behalf of those citizens in not revealing what they knew of perpetrators just days later? For various reasons, one being not exposing intelligence sources…

        Sometimes it feels like a skepticism of this particular administration creates a skepticism of all government (and its various agencies.) If the same events occurred under a GOP presidency, would this kind of scrutiny be invited? Or tolerated?

    • HARP2

      I hardly think it was a secret since the next day the leader of that terrorist group came out and took credit for the killings.

      How stupid are you ?

      • Purple State

        Oh good, personal attacks. I was wondering how long that would take.

      • Purple State

        Oh good, personal attacks. I was wondering how long that would take.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

        Was the “how stupid are you” comment necessary? Do we have to resort to the libs modus operandi of name calling and hurling insults? I don’t always agree with Purple State’s comments but being curious and asking questions is how we learn what we don’t know. SMH

    • TocksNedlog

      Here is your “allowance for classified information”:
      She doesn’t go on five Sunday talk shows AT ALL.
      There you go!

    • nc

      Right at the start, the President says “We’re investigating this heinous act and will bring the perpetrators to justice.” NO FAIRY TALES. NO VEGAS TRIPS IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS.

      Everyone understands classified information for purposes of national security. But even our Senators with top security clearance are still confused about what the “intelligence” was.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

      No, in the age of 24-hour news cycle there isn’t an allowance for classified information. And yes, national security and the security of our Ambassadors and citizens abroad and here in the US should be the utmost concern for our high ranking Government officials. However, because of the 24-hour news cycle and the “I must know everything now and what’s going to happen in the future now” mentality our national security is at stake. We risk our soldiers, and contractors in Afghanistan and other places getting hurt or becoming hostages. We also risk those gathering intelligence to keep us safe lives as well.

  • nc

    I’m so sick and tired of this stupid bait and switch. This isn’t about “did she rely on what the intelligence said.” We still haven’t gotten a straight answer on WHAT THAT WAS.

    She was only one of several top officials, including BHO and Hillary, who kept pushing that video story for the first two weeks. Then they tried to tell us no no no, we knew all along it was a terrorist attack (“Get the transcript, Candy!”).

    This week alone Clapper and Patraeus have given conflicting stories. Enough of the lies. It’s time for the truth.

    Sorry Amb. Rice, that you happened to be caught up in this, but if you’re part of the cover up, you’re going down with everyone else.

  • waltermitty2012

    If you believe it, it’s not a lie. For example, Obamacare is deficit neutral.

  • HARP2

    That`s total BS.
    The US has no intelligence anymore.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    she was “viciously” attacked?? No the people who died were Viciously attacked. She was just called out for doing a bad job.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    “@maddow
    Notice how gracious Susan Rice was in the face of racial prejudice
    & stupidity (i.e. John McCain).She’s got class.He’s got no-class.”

    Really. Where is the racial prejudice in “You suck at your job”?

  • TocksNedlog

    Apparently, passing the buck to a nameless, faceless entity called “the intelligence community” (and you KNOW that the actual paper telling her what to say came from someone in the White House, and NOT directly from ANY intelligence agency) is what qualifies one for “classy” status these days.

  • TocksNedlog

    Gotta love the irony of her defenders saying “She’s not incompetent; she was just being a good little soldier!”

  • michael s

    Good for Amb Rice for standing her ground. I support Amb.Rice. Its also good that she’s being defended by the CBC,the womens press conference and intelligence officals themselves. I’ll change my position and apologize for backing her ,when i see the same string em up mentality towards hillary Clinton Joe biden Leon Panetta

  • bananafanafo

    DEMOCRATS worship FALSE GOD continues. 2 NOT QUESTION “THE GOV’T LYING 2 U,11WEEKS 2 ANSWER CITIZENS,State Dept watched in real time. OH NO they DON’T have compassion 4 the 4 DEAD (nothing 2 do with “ME”), I KNEW AS A CTIZEN following FOREIGN POLICY it was STRAIGHT UP JIHAD the night it happened LOOK ON MY TWEETS! How do they feel about American citizen who made movie is in JAIL OH NO NOTHING 2 do with “ME” The only 1 they care about is THEMSELVES! THIS PROVES IT!

  • bananafanafo

    DEMOCRATS worship FALSE GOD continues. 2 NOT QUESTION “THE GOV’T LYING 2 U,11WEEKS 2 ANSWER CITIZENS,State Dept watched in real time. OH NO they DON’T have compassion 4 the 4 DEAD (nothing 2 do with “ME”), I KNEW AS A CTIZEN following FOREIGN POLICY it was STRAIGHT UP JIHAD the night it happened LOOK ON MY TWEETS! How do they feel about American citizen who made movie is in JAIL OH NO NOTHING 2 do with “ME” The only 1 they care about is THEMSELVES! THIS PROVES IT!

  • TocksNedlog

    One thing we know for sure: she did NOT rely “solely and squarely” on her own intelligence — a condition that, in her case, seems to occur quite often in the performance of her duties.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    As the lies continue… Clapper, behind closed doors, “I don’t know who changed the report.” A few days later he claims he changed it. Explanation, “We didn’t have all the intel.” So, therefore you blame the attack on a video and ‘out’ the filmmaker, who’s now in jail and maybe in hiding when he’s released. Obama and his entire administration are corrupt, lying and disgusting fools. They are truly foolish if they think any one of us believe their rediculous tales. If someone could get the IP’s for those people that saw the video short prior to Benghazi, I believe we could figure out who started the video blame game.

  • gr82cu2

    That Obama sword is starting to look like a brazilian BBQ so many people have fallen on it for him. I’m beginning to think we’ll never get the truth out of Benghazi. And I feel so discouraged. Truthfulness, integrity, honesty are all things lost on this administration. They are all so busy running around covering each other’s butts they don’t have time for much productive work other than robbing the taxpayers to pay the entitlement takers. I’ve never, in my 53 years here on earth felt less American than I do now :'(

  • JoeMusgo

    And, out of the other side of their mouths, this administration would have us believe that American intelligence will alert us the moment the Iranians have made the decision to pursue nuclear weapons. It must be very comforting to the Israelis to know that Susan believes the intelligence community is doing the best they can. This administration is a bunch of buffoons and amateurs.

  • chicagoxile

    Rice said in September, appearing on Tapper’s Sunday show:

    “Well, first of all, we had a substantial security presence with our personnel…with our personnel and the consulate in Benghazi. Tragically, two of the four Americans who were killed were there providing security. [Referring to Woods and Doherty] That was their function. [No, it wasn’t.] And indeed, there were many other colleagues who were doing the same with them.”

    Several laughable lies in there, starting with “substantial security presence.” Was she relying “solely and squarely” on US intelligence talking points for these lies, too? Or was she lying on her own?

  • frankyburns

    If that was the intelligence report, what was she supposed to say then?? Make stuff up? People criticizing her for this are doing so unfairly.

  • Glenn Mayton

    She waited until Thanksgiving because
    wait for it…
    wait for it…
    That’s what she was told to do