LIEBERMAN FOR SUSAN RICE.
On an interesting debate on the Benghazi attack.
The debate on the Benghazi attack between two United States Senators on national TV showed how divided the country was over Ambassador Susan Rice's assertion that the attack has started as a "spontaneous demonstration".
While Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut) was contending that the "...Republicans are taking a short-sighted approach by focusing on her public explanation of events." and emphasizing that "we are focusing on questions that are ... not the most significant. Of course, there was a terrorist attack.”
The other leading politician, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) was adamant on the point that "he expects Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify before the Senate about the attacks on the U.S. Consulate and a nearby CIA annex."
The two Senators appeared together on Fox News Sunday, a talk show hosted by Chris Wallace, who wanted to know why the Republicans were so keen on getting Rice in trouble.
Gen. David Petraeus has testified that the CIA talking points were adjusted to exclude "al Qaeda and terrorism" as a measure of security reasons, and that the original information was declassified for public announcement.
That was what Ms. Susan Rice has used in her appearance on the following Sunday to explain the Benghazi situation, and that she did not deviate in any way from the declassified material or version.
Yet, Chambliss was insisting that, "a key question is what did President Obama or other top administration officials tell Rice to say."
"The White House has defended Rice, saying she followed talking points based on the best available intelligence, with President Obama calling Republican-led attacks on her “outrageous.” and that should be satisfactory.
President Barack Obama has also maintained that Ms. Rice, though a member of the administration, was an innocent bystander, and that if the Republicans were going after anyone, they should "go after me", referring to himself.
The argument on the talk show could not be finalized as both senators stuck to their guns, making the strained relations on the Benghazi attack, between the Obama administration and the Republicans, to be more critical than it should be; and thus dividing the country.
The seriousness of that attack could not be downplayed, with four true Americans losing their lives, including that of U.S Ambassador Chris Stevens; and that as Sen. Lieberman said, "... there was a terror attack."
However, "the more important questions are why amid intelligence showing Al Qaeda other militant or terror-related groups coming into eastern Libya did the United States leave State Department personnel there without security. And why didn’t the Defense Department have nearby resources to come to their defense." he had continued. (Fox News, 11/19/12).
With regard to the "spontaneous" demonstration, there were a whole lot of them going on around the world during the week, in connection with an anti-Muslim film or movie that was made to denigrate Mohammad, the spiritual leader of the Muslim faith.
It, therefore, would stand to reason that the Benghazi attack would be associated with those demonstrations; but no, as Ms. Rice accusers were saying, that one did not have anything to do with the other, and so she has misled the American people. (WHAT?).
As mentioned, the Republicans planned to call her to testify before the Intelligence Committees of both Chambers of Congress, but how that would help to resolve the heated argument was in question.
They would block her nomination to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should the Obama administration offer the position to her (Rice).
However, many were hoping that Sen. Lieberman's argument would gain support and prevail, that the Benghazi consulate should have had adequate protection under the circumstances, rather than the Republicans pillorying Ms. Rice for no good reason.