DON'T ATTACK SUSAN RICE.
She is doing a good job at the U.N.
Trying to separate the Benghazi attack from the movie that irritated the Muslim world did not make sense.
They were all bunched up in the knowledge that, though, Osama bin Laden has been killed, there were still Islamic Jihadist extremists wanting to harm the United States.
In other words, al Qaeda has suffered a terrible blow, but its ideology still lived; and that vigilance was the only alternative for the U.S. to stay safe.
The nit picking by some Senators and Congressmen was just to politicize the incident in an election year, to harass President Barack Obama, and even cause him to lose his reelection; but, that had failed to achieve its objective.
Of course, the attack was made by terrorists, and that was identified from the very onset, as Gen. Petraeus made in his deposition to Congress yesterday.
He had also given the impression that the barrage of information on that day was huge and complicated, especially when there were demonstrations about the anti-Mohammad film or movie going on in Cairo, Egypt, and around the world.
In view of that, so many materials have to be classified and/or declassified for security reasons.
Also that any public announcement should have no specificity in order not to alert some of those al Qaeda factions, like the Ansar al-Sharia, that the U.S. intelligence was on their trail.
Hence, Ms. Susan Rice was compelled to use the information given her that the demonstrations, that were assumed to be "spontaneous", were part of the Benghazi attack, or the other way around.
Furthermore, due to the fact that the element of people participating in both incidents were the same, Muslims, there was no other explanation than to say that their actions have emanated from the same basic reason.
Did she deviate from her script? No. Therefore, the pillorying of her by some Republican leaders was unjustifiable; and President Barack Obama was right in going to her defense at his news conference the other day, that she (Rice) gave the information she had at the time and nothing else.
What was hurtful about the Benghazi attack was that four bright Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, had lost their lives needlessly, and the nation intensely grieved for their families.
President Obama extended the nation's condolences to those families, while paying tribute to their (diplomats') memory in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25th, 2012; and that showed how much the deaths of those diplomats have hit home to America. He honored them graciously on behalf of all Americans.
The next important thing was for the relevant investigations to lead to the attackers, as the president has vowed that he would pursue them to the end.
What those investigations he has ordered would do would bring them to justice in due course.
That was what a great majority of Americans were waiting to see, rather than some politicians indulging in a blame game, and attempting to tear down the career of a young woman, who was doing a splendid job for her country at the U.N.; Ms. Susan Rice.
Above all, she was qualified to be U.S. Secretary of State, if the Obama administration would offer that position to her, in the absence of the present holder, Mrs. Hillary Clinton.