November 23, 2012
Re "Intelligence officers edited Benghazi draft," Nov. 21 Initially, Sen. John. McCain (R-Ariz.) accused Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, of blaming the attack in Benghazi, Libya, on spontaneous rioters to protect the president politically. Now that the CIA admits suppressing information about terrorists for strategic reasons, McCain is still "suspicious" of the administration. Does he suggest that the CIA acted to help Obama get elected? After all, the CIA is part of the administration.
January 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, facing tough questions from Senate Republicans on the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, insisted Wednesday that she has moved aggressively to address security weaknesses laid bare by the assault. In long-awaited testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton acknowledged her personal responsibility as head of the State Department, and stressed that she has begun implementing all 29 corrective steps recommended by an in-house investigative board.
May 24, 2013 |
Maybe because President Obama said so many other things in his speech Thursday -- about drones, Guantanamo and a “new phase” in the war against terrorism -- a reference to Benghazi didn't attract much attention. But, at the risk of over-interpretation, it struck me as another attempt by the president to counter the Republican claim that he refused to recognize Benghazi as a terrorist attack. Here's what Obama said: “Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists.
May 10, 2013 |
Republicans could make an easy hit on the Obama administration by highlighting the State Department's apparent bureaucratic blundering during and after the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, but they refuse to settle for such a small political prize. Instead, they have got themselves all steamed up and snarling about heinous, impeachable offenses that are figments of their imaginations. The latest round of House hearings about the Benghazi incident provides a perfect example of how American politics has been warped and gummed up by bombastic, partisan extremism.
March 4, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A top Republican senator sparked reactions from both sides of the aisle after drawing a link between the crisis in Ukraine and President Obama's response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a harsh critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, posted a string of tweets Tuesday attributing Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine's Crimea region to "a weak indecisive leader" in Washington: It started with Benghazi.
December 30, 2013 |
More than a year after four Americans died in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the New York Times has published a story reporting 1) that it found “no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault” and 2) that “contrary to claims by some members of Congress, it was fueled in large part by anger at an American-made video denigrating Islam.” The idea that Al Qaeda wasn't behind the assault on the U.S. “annex” isn't new. My colleagues Ken Dilanian and Shashank Bengali reported in October 2012 that “intelligence agencies have found no evidence that [the attack]