So much for transparency

Rice right to withdraw amid the Bungle in Benghazi

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This president and his spokesmen promised “the most transparent administration in the history of our country.”

But on the eve of a report by an independent review board on the Bungle in Benghazi, the State Department on Friday waffled about whether the report would even be released.

This, from an administration whose attorney general incurred a contempt of Congress finding rather than cooperate on the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal that may have led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

It’s a claim of transparency you can see right through.

The sudden exit of Susan Rice from the secretary of state sweepstakes on Thursday, coupled with the administration’s hesitancy to offer Hillary Clinton’s testimony this week to Congress, fueled speculation that the report on Benghazi could be embarrassing to the administration.

The media cover story last week was that Susan Rice was too black or female or something for Republicans’ taste. Hmm. You might ask former Republican Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about that.

Actually, the worse cover story is the one that Rice, currently ambassador to the United Nations, perpetrated on the American public after the attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11. Days later, Rice appeared on a series of Sunday news shows to carry forth a story that the attack was just a protest gone bad over an Internet video mocking Muhammad.

The truth, as the administration has since had to admit, is that the protest story was a fairy tale. The video did not cause the attack and, indeed, there wasn’t even a protest that preceded it. The protest story was a hoax by the administration.

In short, the administration flat-out lied about the proximate cause of a premeditated terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including an ambassador, and wounded others. Did they just not want to admit a terrorist attack could happen on their watch?

Rice’s prominent role in the bogus story made her a very poor choice to succeed the soon-to-resign Clinton as secretary of state. That is, if lying to the public means anything anymore. She was right to withdraw her name from consideration. It was the right thing to do, both ethically and politically. There’s no doubt that her role in the Benghazi circus would have dominated her confirmation hearings in the Senate.

But again, the timing of her withdrawal ramped up speculation on what the independent review of the Benghazi attack and its aftermath might conclude.

Someone in the administration clearly made up a story. The question is who and why? Let’s hope the review gets to the bottom of it.

Ironically, though, the most incriminating area of the inquiry may revolve around the administration’s abject failure to protect the embassy in a very dangerous and chaotic post-Gadhafi Libya. Reports have already indicated embassy officials had pleaded for more security and were denied or ignored. That four Americans now lie dead as a result is a travesty and an outrage.

This is a scandal that could have and should have been completely aired prior to the election, but the administration managed to kick the can down the road. And save for a few news outlets, the “mainstream” media oddly had little taste for probing the case. Little surprise, then, that a spot video survey of a number of voters in line on Election Day revealed very little knowledge of Benghazi or, of course, the administration’s bungling of it.

We pray this is the week that the truth becomes unavoidable.

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has asked the State Department to identify those who survived the attack in Benghazi and where they are now and what their conditions are. He says the administration has refused to provide even that information.

Some transparency!

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Techfan
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Techfan 12/17/12 - 06:57 am
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Issa, the GOP, the AC, cast out your beams then find the mote.

You have 4 people killed in a war zone and the "scandal" is that 5 days after the attack, a person may have misstated the reason for the attack? "Bigger than Watergate, should have been shown 24/7 leading up to the election, blah, blah, blah" .When does the AC want the hearings for Bush, Cheney, Rove, Wolfowitz, the other Rice, Powell, etc. to start? There you're dealing with thousands of dead Americans and tens of thousands wounded. At least Susan Rice had the decency not to ignore a Congressional subpoena, unlike some the previous administration. This is the GOP and the right wing media overblowing a tragedy of war and trying their hardest to make a csandal out of a molehill. This might interfere with the long list of nothings Issa had drawn up to "investigate" before he was even elected. Maybe one of the committee members will ask him about car theft and throwing his brother under the bus.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 07:51 am
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Hillary Runs Again

The rest of the story and speaking of ignoring Congressional subpoenas... We all know that Hillary Clinton took off for Australia when the Benghazi truth came out leaving Rice squirming under the bus like road kill. Now Hillary says she had the flu last week, passed out, hitting her head and can’t testify before Congress this week. Not to make fun of those with traumatic brain injuries, but Hillary needs to retire for good, look at photos of her and Bill before Monica and get fitted for a few wigs to cover that hair and bump on her head.

grouse
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grouse 12/17/12 - 08:18 am
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When the Newtown massacre
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When the Newtown massacre occurred, officials got the name of the shooter wrong, arrested the brother, and there was plenty of misinformation given by both media and officials. This happened in the United States. Should it be any surprise that wrong information would come out of a chaotic situation half a world away? Conservatives want to discredit this administration any way they can, valid or not.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/17/12 - 08:31 am
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Grouse

Ryan Lanza was never arrested. Might want to stop getting your news from the Huffington Post.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/17/12 - 08:35 am
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River

Yeah, Ole Hillary is a tough one huh? And the looney elements of the left want her to be the next President. "Ms. President we have a situation. No No, not today, I have a headache"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 08:40 am
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Libya

What we all know about Benghazi is that it was an organized attack by an Al Oaeda linked organization. It was known very early on, but because of the election, attempts were made to keep hidden the 9-11 anniversary attack. The lie was kept up for a couple of weeks by spokesman Susan Rice that it was simply a demonstration that got out of hand. All during her appearances on many news shows, the administration actually knew the truth. There should have been an immediate rescue effort of some kind as the valiant Americans held off the attackers for hours, but instead of helping the besieged Americans, acknowledging that we were under attack, we let them die and said it was only a demonstration that turned violent. That's exactly what happened and we all know it...including Hillary.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 12/17/12 - 08:39 am
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really?

Actually, if you follow the news, you know that Congress is getting the report promptly. The report includes some classified information (such as confidential intelligence sources) of the sort that is never released to the public.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 08:41 am
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Rhetor, I know they wanted

Rhetor, I know they wanted Hillary to testify and she won't be there.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 12/17/12 - 09:01 am
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really?

Actually, I followed the MSM quite closely during the election, and examination of the Libya issue was quite thorough (and often hostile to the President). Alas, the right-wing media seems determined to depict themselves as victims, regardless of the facts.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/17/12 - 09:22 am
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Really, really

Thanks Rhetor, a little levity on Mondays is always welcomed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 09:27 am
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Really Back at Ya

I saw Chris Matthews berating a teen saying a week later, "Everyone knows the attack in Benghazi was a result of the video."

I saw Meet the Press where David Gregory told the lone conservative they would talk about Benghazi later in the show. It never came. The NY Times didn't run a story until after the election. Come on.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 12/17/12 - 09:44 am
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Riverman? Really?

Oct. 16: ABC reported Hillary Clinton "takes the fall for Libya." ABC, Oct. 19: "Documents back up claims of requests for greater security in Benghazi." Sept. 21, ABC: reports about Clinton's failure to respond to congressional qeustions about Benghazi. CBS, Sept. 23: White House claims that they did not mislead intentionally;" story leads "criticism mounts over administration's explanation to the attacks in Benghazi." Washington Post, Oct. 10: "State Dept. Acknowledges rejecting requests for more security in Benghazi." etc. etc. I found these vey quickly. They are samples of many other reports. Yes, the MSM media covered Benghazi thoroughly; those who feel otherwise simply failed to give the MSM a look. Note that the MSM journalists brought up Benghazi in two different debates; in one it was the first question. What the MSM did not do is to spout out vicious, one-sided attacks until they had some factual information.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/17/12 - 09:55 am
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How many people in this
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How many people in this country can use illness as an excuse from having to testify? I sat on a jury and had to watch testimony that was taken on video from a hospital. Most transparant admin ever? sheesh.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/17/12 - 10:13 am
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the huffington post, new york times,
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washington post, miami herald, atlanta journal-constipation, chicago tribune, boston globe, abc, cbs, cnbc, cnn, hln, msnbc, national enquirer, nbc and any outlet that would allow such "trusted luminaries of political saavy" as dianne sawyer, george stephennopoulous(sic), keith olberman, rachel maddow, chris "maddog" matthews, jay carney, susan rice, barry obama, joe "the weasel" biden, hilary clinton, willie "chester the molester" clinton, some "techfans" and others of the same symptoms dictate what is right and wrong shows a poor vetting process in America.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 10:31 am
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My goodness, I didn't realize

My goodness, I didn't realize ABC and MSNBC utilized superb investigative reporting and broke the story of the Benghazi attack. Magnificient. Fox sure dropped the ball I guess. Sarcasm.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 12/17/12 - 11:46 am
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"there was plenty of

"there was plenty of misinformation given by both media and officials"

Yeh, but I think if we had live video we could figure it out in a week or so.

Benghazi was a massive, administration wide, coverup to stall the issue until after the election. And Hillary is trying to avoid it staining her reputation just in case................

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 12/17/12 - 05:44 pm
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Anyone remembering

... the highly touted "best mind of our generation" testi-lying in front of Congress about Whitewater and her Rose law firm work should not be surprised Hillary is ducking out with a headache. Three hours of being unable to remember anything; by the end, it was unclear if they had the right Hillary Clinton.

allhans
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allhans 12/17/12 - 05:45 pm
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Hillary?..Face it. The woman

Hillary?..Face it. The woman is a mess.

burninater
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burninater 12/17/12 - 06:28 pm
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"Bungle in Benghazi"? Sheesh.

"Bungle in Benghazi"? Sheesh. Nothing proclaims sincere regret for the loss of life like a cutesy little catchphrase. A veritable pillar of class.

longleafpine
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longleafpine 12/17/12 - 09:25 pm
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Transparency?

This administration is as transparent as a steel door with no glass windows.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/18/12 - 08:07 am
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"Sheesh. Nothing proclaims
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"Sheesh. Nothing proclaims sincere regret for the loss of life like a cutesy little catchphrase. A veritable pillar of class."

No...nothing proclaimes sincere regret for the loss of life like lying about it for weeks on end so you don't mess up your election bid.

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